Managing the fluctuations is what equanimity is We can see what happens when voltage variations cause burnout of electrical wires And the pain and the shock Consequent on carelessness Make us more vigilant With the pieces of equipment which transmit the energy we require Blood sugar and blood pressure are the same as electricity Too many surges and the blood vessels get frayed and the major organs get in big trouble, with startling rapidity. So this is how I see the need To stabilize my mind and heart: I know how disruptive mania can be How it attaches to desires and longings of all kinds, and is fuelled by frustration It’s become a constant; the most important thing Managing the infrastructure Which holds it all together Which sustains the realm of peace Which I wish to inhabit.
Devika is an academic, teacher, reviewer, columnist, editor and writer of short fiction and poetry. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals in Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Italy. Devika is the Consultant Content Editor for the South East Asia Leadership Academy, and Content Editor for the Sri Lankan literary journal, New Ceylon Writing.