Multi-Petal-Lotus Sky

There were once walls without a house And inside the space surrounded by the walls was a child made of sky The child was filled with expanse and would talk a syllable inside the space without a house This syllable was made of just one tone And when the child spoke it, the note, an expanse inside the space surrounded by walls would get wider and wider, opening up and out, in the form of a multi-petal lotus stretching for full-bloom—opening from the child’s heart-center There were a hundred and eight children made of sky inside this space surrounded by walls Each of them spoke in a tone and when they all spoke it sounded like this:

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The space surrounded by walls was where they would meet to speak But each child made of sky lived in his or her own space surrounded by walls and the only thing inside each space were piles of condensed water, clouds No running water no air no light Clouds were packed tight into every petal-corner of every single petal-room This was: the sky knew where it came from, and the clouds knew what it would be to become They were happy together the sky and the clouds And there was only enough space within the space surrounded by walls for the child made of sky to just fit in when the child came home after a day of talking in the space without walls A compact sensation was packed into the clouds with the exact shape of the child made of sky This made the child happy And when the child was happy the child sounded like this:

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The child made of sky with multi-petal bloom expanse inside would come home after a long day and fit into the exact shape The child would dream of clouds and water condensing and air and what all of this could become one day Each particle of water was one tone and the child would wake up every morning with one more syllable from the space without walls made of sky filled with clouds to speak in the space surrounded by walls The child would meet other children made of sky at the space surrounded by walls to speak this new tone Every day they would all speak their new tone And when they spoke their tone they sounded like this:

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One day the child made of sky dreamed about water droplets and when the child woke up the child thought there was light drenching from head-to-foot from blooming a multi-petal lotus The child left the space surrounded by walls filled with clouds and went to the space surrounded by walls to speak the tone All along the road was a trickle of light following Every few steps the child would stop and turn around watching the light disappear into the multi-petal lotus sky The child made of sky was so sure, having been drenched with light from head to foot from multi-petal blooming, that for the first time the child spoke a tone before reaching the space surrounded by walls The child made of multi-petal blooming sky near the trickle made of light stood still as the road became soft around and disappeared into clouds As the child was sinking into other clouds the child spoke the note and a ray of white light came out of the child’s multi-petal lotus blooming heart straight into the multi-petal blooming sky, sky The trickle of light continued around the child as the ray of multi-petal lotus light reached the multi-petal blooming sky, sky just before the child disappeared into the road And when the child spoke a last note it sounded like this:

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The child would never speak inside the space surrounded by walls again And the child’s home made of sky filled with clouds remained a multi-petal bloom, open and empty, where the child’s body-mutli-petal-blooming-sky had been One droplet of water started moving away from the rest of the piles of droplets of water and began forming a new body made of sky It would take one hundred and eight years for a new child to form where an old child had been The space surrounded by walls knew this and waited There were many empty spaces waiting for new children made of sky All the other children made of sky in spaces surrounded by walls would speak for each disappeared child and the child’s tone The children would float and listen to the disappeared children filled with multi-petal-lotus-sky, sky, empty-open, And when they listened it looked like this:

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