To see and be the ugly things of life.
To know there is terror in the sublime.
a biological organism,
a bipedal mammal
with opposable thumbs;
witness the animals as they come together
to gather round the fire
& make their greatest mistake as
they take the communication system
moulded from noises and turn it
a feed-back loop into which members of the group
will descend when
they discover how
to talk to themselves
& not others;
necessary lie of grammar, to anchor
our respective first-person perspective
it gave rise to the lie that is the “I”,
that there is something different inside of us.
close your eyes,
wait in wonder & terror
for the after-image to recede.
When the darkness returns,
press fingers against your eyelids
try to believe the phosphenes are unique
you open your eyes again to let them
over familiar scenes. Does
as if everything
Are all things still
Can you appreciate sensation: the feeling
the harmony of eternal energy
composing & flowing through us?
Is there hope to be discovered
from the day to day
after day after day
of feeling dull & repetitive
& dull &