All the wanting in the world

All the wanting in the world,
all the hoping and pleadingstream
are puffs of smoke,
stinging the eyes and burning the nose,
leaving ashy residue on every surface.

The fragrance of anxious desires lingers,
once it soaks into the fabric of life.
It is good to see it,
awake to it, and then to
wash it away with compassion.

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