where twilight takes you…

black & white

At the end of my suffering

there was a door.

Hear me out: that which you call death

I remember.

Overhead, noises, branches of the pine shifting.

Then nothing. The weak sun

flickered over the dry surface.

It is terrible to survive

as consciousness

buried in the dark earth.

Then it was over: that which you fear, being

a soul & unable

to speak, ending abuptly, the stiff earth

bending a little. And what I took to be

birds darting in low shrubs.

You who do not remember

passage from the other world

I tell you I could not speak again: whatever

returns from oblivion returns

to find a voice:

from the center of my life came

a great fountain, deep blue

shadows on azure sea water.

Louise Gluck

where is that thin blue line? that hazy place in our lives where we cross over? even more interesting, is when we don’t realize when we’re in it…when things have shifted….suddenly a conversation, an encounter, a glimpse of someone or an instant which you recognize….a cold wind blows over you….

where are you then? do you choose to come back? or do you linger a while….belonging elsewhere just for an instant…..

hang it up…

Each & all, the subjective & objective

Spheres are related

And at the same time independent.

Related & yet working differently,

Though each keeps its own place….

Within light there is darkness,

But do not try to understand that darkness.

Within darkness there is light,

But do not look for the light.

Light & darkness are a pair,

Like the foot before & the foot behind in walking.

Each thing has its own intrinsic value

And is related to everything else in function & position.

Ordinary life fits the absolute as a box & its lid.

The absolute works together with the relative

Like two arrows meeting in midair.

…Shitou Xiquian

6 thoughts on “where twilight takes you…

  1. I am always amazed at your references. You seem to have a very full library, your thirst for truth seems unquenchable. This post cause me to pause and contemplate balance, duality, and life and death..

    • Yes….you should see all of my books! And my recent thesis was entirely about questioning, aesthetics, the creative process, & contemplative practice….a lifelong seeker….moving on to graduate work delving deeper into transpersonal work with a focus on hospice….so much life to share! Thanks g.f.s….we need more poets:)

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