When I grew up, I was encouraged to read the Bible
and live according to my impression of the scriptures,
which led me to become a hermit monk
since I no longer have much to communicate

and because I only find meaning in staying safe
from harm, pollution, and infectious diseases,
breathing fresh air, drinking pure water,
eating berries and fruit,

and refraining from drugs
such as alcohol and caffeine,
so that I, inseparable from God,

can enjoy approximately equal amounts
of rest and peaceful activities.

David Lalos