The Editor

We come into this world with a story.
Each one of us has it written on our face.

We spend the rest of our lives busy editing,
but it never actually comes to an end,
even when we eventually do.

Although emptiness suffused with awareness
may be our essential nature, we keep adding
and subtracting, trying to make our story
ring true, even thought it is fiction.

A good artist can make anything appear
to be something it isn’t. In that respect,
we all eminently qualify.

Every moment of life’s experience begins
in the pure atmosphere of wide open expanse,
but then we put words in the character’s mouths
like “me” and “mine” that complicate the scene.

Because experience is uncertain and often seems
fragmentary, we use those self-referential devices
as a way to create a sense of thematic consistency.

When we imagine that they actually represent
a substantial and enduring person, we fall victim
to a literary trap of believing our own daydreams.

Fortunately, there is a reliable cure for this:
find some honest work you’d really enjoy,
and leave the dreaming for night.


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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