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Observations

OBSERVATIONS

No me to be right
Likewise no me to be wrong
What we encounter
Is what we see it to be
The observer no less so

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“The world is an illusion; it has no real existence. And this is what is meant by ‘imagination’ (khayāl). For you just imagine that it (i.e. the world) is an autonomous reality quite different from and independent of the Absolute Reality, while in truth it is nothing of the sort. Know that you yourself are an imagination. And everything that you perceive and say to yourself, ‘this is not me’ is also an imagination. So that the whole world of existence is imagination within imagination.”

– Ibn Arabi.

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Kali Yuga Time, Folks

KALI YUGA TIME, FOLKS

They soiled their linen
Over several lifetimes
Again and again
Then woke up, soaked, washed and rinsed
Now here comes the spin cycle

Departure Lounge

DEPARTURE LOUNGE

Motion suspended
Awaiting call to action
Anticipation
Flickering candles of thought
Like tiny sparks in the night

Bound For Glory

BOUND FOR GLORY

Rabid believers
Still contemplate Heaven from
A lavatory
From which some are excluded
While some can’t stand the stench

Tanka On Silence

TANKA ON SILENCE

Think before speaking
For needless vacuity
Benefits no one
If you have nothing to say
Please do say it by all means

Lost At Sea

LOST AT SEA

Awaken from sleep
Recalling another world
Which one is the dream?

Each breath a butterfly’s wing
Lacy … bearing me aloft

Overreaching Oneself

OVERREACHING ONESELF

“I” think “I” know, yet
It’s mostly conjecture and
Imagination
So I tried out “We” then “You”
But then “I” says much the same

Fly Fishing

FLY FISHING

Hooked into a thought
One thing leads to another
Wake up, remember
Wriggle free and with a “Splash!”
Drop into the stream again

Cowardice

COWARDICE

When fear fouls the air
Truth pleads absence without leave
Ingenuity
One’s sole remaining refuge
Survival of the fittest

Birdwatcher Watched

BIRDWATCHER WATCHED

Perched balanced and poised
A feathered jewel
Your wordless statement
As you look me in the eye
Leaves me nowhere left to hide

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