POEM: Gift Hoarse

The dumb bell rang
As he looked
The
Like a horse in the mouth
And in every witch way
Reckon as knot so fine
Looking forward and backward
Of what might be
Only seconds
As has been
A head and behind
And in know
Looking down
The apple of his eye
Given in digestion
And looking up
The wrong end
As scene through faulty means
Only now
As passed tense
Or posterity perfected
As dumb founded

This poem is about living in the , the eternal now.  Like they say: if you have one foot in the past and one foot in the , you’ll crap on today.  In this poem, it happens by looking up the wrong end of a horse.  That was Zen - This is Tao - FUNNY SPIRITUAL BUTTONMany lessons are more easily grasped as cautionary tales, rather than straightforward instructions on wise weighs.  This paradox linking and wise is elicited by the first and last lines of this poem, which, not surprisingly, employ to say two opposite meanings in a singular phrase.  The opening line, “The dumb bell rang,” signals both complete uselessness, a bell that cannot ring, and a call to , as a way to better the .  The last line, “As dumb founded,” wraps up with the twin perplexity and wonder of realizing that can offer a quality of that will only be degraded by the static of past thoughts and/or the noise of unrealized futures.  May you find yourself, completely, in the , that is your right now.

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