distortion remains

distortion remains

Perseverance, patience…
under blade and knife,
these edges of samsara,
the stealthiest of gyo,
this very practice,
is meditation,
withdrawn,
upright,
ardent,
inclined,
toward peace,
resolving enduring,
this very protestation,
billowing clouds of description,
nipped the palm top,
fire white hot,
or put out,
distortion,
remains.