who are you making the crossing for
& how can you help them cross it
as the field comes in & lotus grows, so too,
nine tails, seven eyes
even if the cauldron breaks, even if not every crying red fox escapes this holy impulse to serve & wrap a warm towel around the damp wild creature
Kelly Alsup is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School. In addition to working in Oregon and Colorado, she has labored in Nebraska, Arizona, Vermont, and California, where she studied Zen Buddhism for twelve months at Green Gulch Farm and monastery in Muir Beach.