starting along the way

have you ever seen a lotus?
a goddess said to me
as i sat cross-legged and strained
to grunt out serenity
in an asian mode.
silly creature, the way leads
from rose or milkweed,
willow branch or caterpillar,
red-tailed hawk or field mouse,
snail or garden spider,
cinder block or discarded coke can,
ten million starting points.
but you can't get there
from where you're not.

-- sylvester hobson

Image info: lotus flower inlay, Egypt, circa 1350 B.C. From https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lotus_Flower_Inlay_MET_DP112597.jpg