“We possess nothing in this world […] except the power to say ‘I’.
That is what we have to give to God – in other words, to destroy.
There is absolutely no free act which it is given us to accomplish
– only the destruction of the ‘I’.” – Simone Weil
Our concrete existence
must suffer; though it gives pleasure
the flesh decays,
the mind feels pain
& must endure
thoughts that crawl like worms through the dirt
of the mind,
to where the “I” resides
on a permanence
that could only become
an affliction without hope
Everything of value,
doesn’t derive from the “I” but arrives
as a gift
in the form of
pure & perfect attention.
The “I” knows it cannot live alone, but
to temptation & attempts
to see you suffer,
which is really only a hand trying to cover
a mouth that wants to ask:
“Why don’t you forsake me?”
to destroy the “I” we must release it;
to detach itself & so accept death
as a gentle friend,
wanting only to welcome us
at the end that comes to catch us
as we fall.
We should destroy the “I”
so that we can leave behind deception,
& search for something different
despite the desperation.