Like an Uprooted Tree

~by Ananda Vrindavan

Uproot yourself

before life does it to you

rudely and when you least expect it

Slowly loosen the roots

by the daily process of chanting

break the soil of lifetimes of conditioning

that make us think we belong here

crack the hard earth that packs the roots

by hearing about Krishna

shake off through serviceĀ 

the deep roots of desire

for name and fame

in this temporary place

so that when the time comes

and the storm of death blows through our life

we will easily let go

we will not struggleĀ 

to hold on to the small things of this world

which keep us from bigger places

and better things

Uproot yourself

and let yourself go home