6/20/2012

Beam

Photo: "The sun shines for you today yes" ~James Joyce, 'Ulysses'

You were created as a sunbeam  -
have you forgotten? -
not to be lost in the dark
but to spread light.
Why not tell your story This way?
The path of loss is the path of returning.
What sends you out draws you home.
The whole dawn in a dewdrop, 
the star that settles on a snail's back,
the world in your eye:
separateness is just the shimmer.
Why argue whether the sun and its ray
are two or one?
You will just keep coming back here
until it all melts
like butter.
"The sun shines for you today yes" ~James Joyce, 'Ulysses'
 
You were created as a sunbeam -
have you forgotten? -
not to dissipate in darkness
but to spread light.
Why not tell your story THAT way?
The path of loss is the path of return.
What sends you out draws you home.
The whole dawn in a dewdrop,
the stars that settle on a snail's back,
the world in your retina:
separateness is just the shimmering.
Why argue whether the sun and its ray
are one or two?
You will just keep coming back here
until it all melts
like butter.

(Summer Solstice, June 20, 2012) 

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