The boundless ocean
The formless taking form
Multiple beings are we

Endings are beginnings
which are new endings
to begin again

We are made flesh
but not bounded by it

© Patrick Stack 2013.

Dharma” appeared in the 8 May 2015 edition of the Clare Champion.
It is included in Patrick Stack’s first poetry collection – The Parting – published in 2013. It has also appeared in Brigid’s Fire Magazine.

Photograph of Patrick Stack


Dharma is of Eastern provenance and has no accurate translation into English. As a concept in various Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, it has many meanings including “phenomenon“, “nature“, “characteristic” and “the state of nature as it is.”