Bhagavad-Gita: "You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no rights to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working."



The loquat tree outside my window must have grown

from a pit one of the children spat in fun from the kitchen.


It just emerged one day in the sandy ground,

reaching up between the kitchens of our neighbors,


and every year fills with fruit

so high no one can harvest without a ladder

so narrow we are timid to climb.


Birds come

from all over the world

to eat these orange ovals.


I stand at the window

and watch