This Rock Medicine is not a cure
for the imaginary ailment which
keeps the preachers in business.
It advertises no speedy transformation,
promises no transcendental state,
cancels no lingering debt, nor
adds any new updated apps
to your chosen device.
It is neither a strategy,
method, scheme, or remedy.
As such, it may be the remedy
for all other remedies.
Encouraging neither hope nor despair,
it seeks no success, avoids no failure.
Nothing succeeds like failure –
it’s Rock Medicine, with absolutely
nothing special to recommend it!
From the perspective of panaceas
and placebos, it’s of no practical use –
the ultimate medicine of last resort.
Because it is freely available
to all, it is most common.
Since its true value
is unknown, it’s priceless.
A treatment of Rock Medicine
accomplishes nothing, incites
no transformation, awakens
no secret power, confers
no gleeful exultation.
It has no grand master,
no initiated practitioners,
no evangelizing devotees,
no gospel of supreme insight
couched between contradictory
A word of caution:
it’s not what it appears,
nor is it otherwise.
It will never be transmitted
from one to another –
it has no other.
It’s Rock Medicine, and like
all unreasonable happiness,
it’s meant to be shared.
Confounding and obscure
to the meaning-making mind, it’s
the means by which mind makes mind,
regardless of what we think or presume.
Perhaps those who’ve had enough
of the sicknesses born of hope
and fear, belief and judgment,
may finally be ready for it.
In any case,
all are welcomed to it —
there’s no requirement, except
to surrender every preference,
abandon every alternative,
and be ready to rock.
It belongs to nobody,
nor can any ingredient
be added to, mixed with,
or subtracted from it –
it works alone.
With no consumer image to preserve
nor brand identity to defend, it will never
become famous, nor can it be described
in terms or signifiers of what it is not,
since it doesn’t roll that way either.
It does not suddenly become available
when we are born, nor does it vanish
when we slide away into the light
of which all forms are made.
It has no proper place or position,
and neither improves, stays the same,
nor degrades with age and circumstance.
It comes with no date stamp,
no “use-by” expiration code.
it has no precedent.
Ever new, it’s immediately
forgotten after the fact.
Since it can neither be learned
nor forgotten, it is without any quality
worthy of praise or complaint –
a lesson in itself!
Don’t forget it.
Beyond compare, it cannot be
apprehended by simile or metaphor –
no human poetry describes Rock Medicine,
nor can any words wrap run-on sentences
around it like a label on a plastic bottle
of new age peppermint soap.
When it comes right down to it,
what phrase or lyric could do justice
to that immense darkness from which
the stars shine forth in splendor at night?
If there even existed a word for it,
it wouldn’t be the genuine
in the spiraling commotion
of the grand galactic puppet theater,
it humbly goes about its natural business,
while theologians and philosophers
ponder in awe and bewilderment
at the inexplicable existence
of anything at all.
Just so, the secrets contained within
this Rock Medicine are amazing
and yet profoundly ordinary.
In that sense, it has no secrets.
Really, there’s nothing to it!
It’s Rock Medicine —
nothing goes down easier.
The compassionate choice,
it’s avoided till the end.
When applied as directed, it will
perform as claimed, although
it makes no such claims.
Impartial to both saint and sinner,
emperor and peasant, wise and foolish,
it functions impeccably, leaving
no trace of itself behind.
It’s what the sages point to
when they speak of “the nameless”.
Do yourself a favor, and
ask for it by name!