Hokusai says

By Roger Keyes

Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice
He says keep looking, stay curious
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing.
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself
as long as it is interesting.
He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child.
Everyone of us is alive.
Everyone of us has a body.
He says everyone one of us is frightened.
He says everyone of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive -
shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside of us.
He says live with the world inside of you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your verandah or the shadows of trees
and  grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.
Contentment is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
are life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.