Poem of the Month, January 2015: Difficult Calls

DIFFICULT CALLS

Amida knows how difficult
recital of the Name can be.
That’s why his followers are told
just one nembutsu is enough.

My Namo Amida Butsu,
however grudgingly expressed,
leaves our unhappy world behind
at many times the speed of light.

No matter when or where or how
I lift my heart to say these words,
Amida listens to the call
and opens wide his Pure Land gate.