The Cuckoo Sings

The cuckoo sings

Good news it brings

To my small cage

Of worldly things.

 

Please teach me

And set me free

My cuckoo friend

 

In an old cage I am,

Dirty cage

Worldly cage

Of birth, old age and death.

 

Please teach me

And set me free

My cuckoo friend

 

I wished that all birds like me

Could all be free

So I left your side

To help them break free

But nobody listened to me

Everyone is too busy

With worldly business

And since I am weak in the Dharma

Stuck in the cage I became

Suffering I am

 

Please teach me

And set me free

My cuckoo friend

 

Now I learned

That I can’t teach

Liberate anyone.

It’s all a construction of the ego.

It’s all about self-liberation

 

Whoever is tired of the saltiness of the Ocean of suffering

Will search for the purity of the sweet River

 

May all beings one day break free from this salty Ocean

May they find the source of the River of Life!

 

It’s time to emerge from the Ocean

Climb up the Mountain of Truth

And find the Source!

 

Please guide me

Dear cuckoo friend.

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