Assimilation: Almost Poems Infected by Buddhism or Not

Assimilation: Almost Poems Infected by Buddhism or Not.

Entire representations, facts in themselves,
always and thus; we are. This is not dialectic,
nor is it simple assertion. That we stand or walk,
fall down and get up, breath in, breath out…
Until there is no return we are always coming
back: Beyond our control. To join with this, given
over to not knowing turns the entire universe,
allows one luminous jewel, a forefather
called it “one bright pearl,” – a teacup or a tree –
even death a non-occurrence. One immense universe
instant. Standing, breathing this blue sky – this entire
Milky Way – a river swallowed in one gulp,
all mine, not the possessive…

Walking…

Dissolving.

John Bailes: Kotatsu Roko
Friday, 12 October 2012
Somerville

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