"Under the tree sat Buddha, meditating with his fear.
He grew to understand how to face Mara, less his habitual red ears.
The red ears of resentment,
The red ears from fright,
The red ears that pushed him from tranquility to fight or flight.
A similar story comes to mind,
One I know all too well.
The story of mine is a tale to tell,
As long as judgements forever set sail.
Leaving the moment for the past, I see a hateful boy.
Distant from the world around me, so confused & annoyed.
Transformed from my façade of impersonation, to the feeling of being lost.
Stemming from the monotonous & everlasting worriment in thought.
From mediation I understand, what red ears did to me.
The red ears transformed my thought process,
Into someone I'd grow to see.
From growth came lessons, and new habits from within.
To sit with perceived problems patiently takes courage & a half Buddha grin.
A smile to acknowledge,
An acknowledgment of growth.
For the one I was to who I've become had to happen, as if renewal were a must.
The change was essential, & shall stand the test of time,
from the old wondering & circumventing rollercoaster thought ride.
The form of wonder we know all too well, that steals us from here & now.
I wish we could all learn how to live presently & apart from the modern crowd.
Tranquility was foreign to me, however the possession of is a must.
A must that changes a boy to man, which should happen before skin to dust.
While undergoing transformation, a man will come to see,
That who he wanted to be is he, while listening under the tree.
As I sit back to reflect, I can now understand.
I understand how the test of time transformed me from boy to man."
The Enlightened One's tale retold in comparison to the changes I've underwent through practicing meditation.