Turning over bricks wrought by the center
Leaves drift through gaps of confidence
The void asks nothing, tells nothing,
knows nothing, does nothing
and yet is everything.
The heart is the local ambassador of the center
of the center of being.
Metaphor in flesh
mountains and valleys
find and hide
seek and speak and pray
To need to know. To be a
biologist in an ecosystem of
Spirit. To give a damn.
To forget everything for the sake of remembering
I saw thunderclouds of
yearning, storms weakened by the Earth.
Giving, taking, conquering and surrendering
Life cubes in the storehouses of eternity.
Wind-up gods gathering dust on the shelf.
Lungs like trees. A heart like the core of the Earth. The core of the sun
The core of every star. The ever-giving light of hope.
Perfection only in emptiness,
life only from entropy.
Water only from stone.
Fire knows your name,
knows your fear,
knows you better than you know yourself.
There are no secrets in the void,
and there is no room for cleverness or knowledge.
You will feel it.
Once I heard the voice of the Earth,
and it said, “I love you no matter what happens.”
It’s easy to hold an idea like perfect,
unconditional love in your mind.
It’s a whole other thing to feel that love shining in your face,
directly from the source.
Wailing and cussing and fretting and fussing
and bothering and blathering and still nothing.
No change in the signal.
No finished task bends or breaks the love of the void.
I wanted to believe in something
that could prove it didn’t require my belief to exist.
I wanted to feel the legitimate presence of a transcendental dimension
that was larger than me,
to be an intrepid explorer of hidden worlds.
The truth is far simpler and far more evasive
to the discerning intellect.
Gods rise and fall in the wake of eternity.
Infinity is real
Everything is accounted for
The true god is bigger than any god that can be imagined.
It is only revealed in the stillness, the absences,
Kill all your Buddhas and glimpse
the ever-loving void.
Forsake all adventure
and dwell in the all-becoming space between.
The emptiness that cracks all fear and obliterates all knowledge.
All wise, all caring void.
The perfect love that transcends all form.
The love that exhales galaxies and inhales
the dust of uncountable civilizations.
All sickness seeps into the gutter,
all filth is washed away by the dark waters.
A perpetual motion machine.
A mask for the truth. Always in masks.
Always one step ahead of even the ultimate observer.
The void evades all and holds all.
When asked to call upon a higher power, I hesitated. What do I really believe in?
I believe only in myself and my ability to work out the “problem” of spirit.
So reluctant to surrender to the mystery.
So eager to package the transcendental into a word, afterthought, a product.
Never allowing it to BE.
Always needing to know, to be more than.
Not allowing a higher power.
Getting constant reminders that I really don’t know anything,
and can never know anything.
But to BELIEVE in a higher power is to hold a thought in your head.
The only thing worth believing is what is happening right now.
Believe in an amorphous moving target
Believe in change
Believe in breath
Believe in heartbeats
Believe in now
Believe in Now
I did not create this world
and this beating heart.
It was given to me
Ask nothing in return.