by Bhikkhu Khantipalo

O Birds,
Your nature is
To fly in the sky,
And perch in trees,
And sing sweet songs.
Know you not
O Birds--
Sky changing
Trees falling
And life so soon departing?
O all who fly
In fear, in haste,
Fly to the Dharma-tree,
Find Refuge there;
Listen to and sing
The Song of Dharma,
The Never-dying;
And in the Void
Far greater than the sky,
Wordless, immeasurable,
The heart at peace untie.