An Elegant Sufficiency

An embarrassment of riches —
when everything seems like poetry,
which lines will you choose to write down?

Writing itself is mostly a form of artifice,
an intrusive edit of an otherwise perfect text —
the skinned-down screenplay of an unfolding life.

It’s truly innocence incarnate — simply remove
the superfluous narrator and it all becomes clear:
no memory, no words, no problem — everything just as it is.

Before the infinite display there was nothing — no name or form,
no world, no galaxies, no ideas, no song birds or various beasts,
no sense of self or not-self, no angel, no god, no recourse
when the going got rough, no going, no arriving —
just pure reality.

Why wasn’t that enough?

If you understand, no poetry will suffice.
If you don’t, no poetry will suffice.

A blind man stands by a window,
looking out to sea.

Beneath the waves, in the uncharted depths,
small creatures nobody has seen or even known
glide silently through a dark realm, unaware
of the blind man by the window, unaware
of these words running across the page
and falling into their own oblivion.

I want to swim with those creatures,
just behind and slightly to the left,
as if I was another one of them.

My gills and fins will be these artificial phrases
which I compose to carry me along in the dark times,
the times that are near when even poetry is finished
and all that remains is this — pure reality.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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