All the Buddhist shit I study
tries to drive away desire
but when meditation ends
my mind returns to wishful thinking.

Wanting causes suffering,
I know, I know, I know,
but why can't I want all
people on Earth to be fed?

What karmic payback awaits when
my heart aches for compassionate leadership?
Isn't being an open soul
suffering enough?

Knowing it will never happen
I wish for all beings to be clear,
to know their true nature, be willing to serve,
and why not, why not, why not?

I'm taught to recognize my desire
to protect myself but
my soft spirit
would rather be spent.

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