Alone in your encampment
Hungry ghosts huddled around the fire
Burned alive at the stake.
The flames themselves
Already wooden ashes
Never majestic standing ones,
The glorious already dead.
In this magnificent vision
So achingly beautiful
Laughter and tears flow into ether
Again, always already dead.
An imaginary mirror to see yourself
The earth you dreamed would hold and
The stars you dreamed were arranged like breadcrumbs
To follow back.
The Moon and its oceans
To give you some thing to go by.
This is the truth you came for
And now you regret the day
You were born to wander into this greedy nothingness.
A shifting black-red avalanche of terror
Thunder inside the earth!
Down you go
An explosion so horrific above you
Takes out each little twinkling sky light
Like so much faerie dust blown from a child’s hand.
An ocean flips upside down.
How long have I been here like this?
Can I stand?
Can I speak?
Is that dawn peering in the window?
What is this body laying next to me?
Can I speak?
What can I possibly say?
“Oh, good morning, love.”
“Yes, another lovely day.”
“Eggs will be fine, thank you.”
invites you to find out what you are.
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, "I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me."
The patriarch responded, "I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning."
Said the nun, "You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?"
"Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?"
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