He must change his life:

He bathes in a fountain of knowledge,

searching for how to live

facing an inevitable rain of fire.

With an unquenchable thirst for life,

he’s amazed by death—

and reaches for the Ark of God.

He listens to stillness.

Charmed by the fragrance of a woman’s body,

he climbs aboard the twin roads of thighs—

discovering he must live with the fiery rapture

of a pounding heart to avoid the anguish of loneliness.

He meditates, creates, prays,

and tries living on top of a mountain,

and in a cave to free his fractured soul

from darkness, but, finds a home alongside

the tranquil-blue of a silent pond.

He makes money and loses money,

lives alone and in a crowd,

never forgets he’s a Jew or a Monk,

and sings with the breath of God

in a basso profondo gravelly voice.

He’s sometimes in the moment

and sometimes out of the moment—

but, he’s a star among stars who sings

about how he can’t live without love.

An enlightened role model—

who never stops laughing at himself

in his quest for ravishing joy

and the deepest bliss.

Milton P. Ehrlich 199 Christie St Leonia, N.J. 07605