Jump-Rope Rhyme

Tat Tvam asi:
thou art that --
that leaf, that tree,
that cow, that cat,
that cloud, that sky,
that moon, that sun,
that you, that I --
for all are one.
So here you are
and there you go
and who you were
you hardly know.

I think this I
is only me:
a drip, a drop,
but not the sea.
Yet when I wake
from all these dreams,

then, like the snake,
I'll shed what seems:
this mask, this skin,
this ball and chain.
I will begin
to fall like rain.

Our heart's last home:
the wind-whipped foam,
the sweet, deep sea.
Tat tvam asi.

~Tom Hansen