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michael



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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:11 pm    Post subject: consciousness Reply with quote

recently I was asked to say what 'consciousness' was...

I gave my usual answer about seeing hearing and so on...

but afterwards

it seemed that what I wrote
did not really touch
the incomparable
wonder of it all

perhaps this poem
may go some small way to
illuminate
this
joy...

A walk in the evening with Liz…

cool breeze
grey water flecked by white crests
curling foam
licking at the shore

her hand in mine?
impossible to say

not two...

simply this long familiar holding...
and being held...

one feeling

....

traffic hurrying away
beyond the city's
bounds...

carrying blank faces...

mostly men
this time of night

masks not yet ready
for their homecoming...

some
perhaps will be
warmed by the light
of a welcoming
lover

or tired from
housework and his children's discontent
the face that greets him
will harden the mask
into a caricature of love

...

cigarette butts...

lung cancer's
fibrous yellow seed pods
carelessly strewn
in the corner of the garden bed
beside the hotel door

...

an
ant...

scurrying
across the coarse cracked pavement...

a single insect
sole inhabitant of this
his
desolated
landscape

and there
between the cracks...

a billion bacteria...

siblings of some
ancient life-form
thriving still
unseen
beneath the feet of
of men and women
who...

quite unknowing...

host these rudiments of
every living organism...

upon which

their very lives depend

and further down
the silica and minerals
scratched by men
from mines...

in ant tunnels of their own...

blasted from
hard rock...

that barely penetrate the depths
of this
unfathomable
abyss
made plastic...

heated...

molten roiling magma
held in check by heavy crusted plates
that float the eons
into continents and back again
in endless
cyclic plumes

and airward
clouds roil too
in insubstantial
emulations
of these most ancient rhythms

...

sunlight now gone
replaced by moon…

and stars
a hundred million times more massive
yet barely visible
in this great dark void of space…

lighting
spirals
and gigantic clusters
each spinning round
the yawning chasm of a single great black hole…

swallowing time
into its maw

...

plants and animals…

creatures of every kind
living out their lives
in bloody battle…

or gently moving
to circadic
rhythms

lives writ so briefly...

on
destiny's
illuminated page



living worlds
within these worlds
of
Life



and in the world of dreams
where phantom spirits
dwell
with
gods and genie's

and
in the stories of
the story tellers…

of valour
and of greed
and each days
small affairs…



and in the children
playing
and the parents
whose eyes guard against
a stranger's grasp...

to
each and all
both suffering and joy
is measured out

lovers too
seen walking by the beachfront

inhaling
the scent of promise
so often
lost amid the acrimony
of the one or other's
own illicit sex…

taken
despite the surety of heartbreak…

driven by desire
not
of
their...

own making



a few
who still
for 40 years
remain together…

drawn to each other…

the waft of her scent
and her taste upon
my
tongue
her body radiating warmth against the cool of night
silhouetted in the city lights…

the echo of her voice
calling to
my
Heart

Life
celebrating
Life

So inconceivably vast
this…

Love
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Hatima



Joined: 21 Aug 2006
Posts: 443

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful and evocative, michael. Thanks for sharing.
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ANNA



Joined: 16 Oct 2004
Posts: 4093

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although Michael likes
To repeat that words
Are meaningless

They carry energetically
The imprint of the substance
That has typed them

Before the words
Has appeared as
Graphical symbols

Michael,
The poem carry
A clear message
Of radiant love
Glowing
Touching
Merging
In the flowing
Stream of
Consciousness
Wordless speaks
Quietly …

LOVE




In the Garden of lovers:
Roses and tulips are dancing,
sweet waters flowing,
But its all just a pretending.
Its only the One, alone!


--Rumi

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annaruiz



Joined: 14 Nov 2006
Posts: 385
Location: Ohio

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:39 pm    Post subject: subject and objectless Reply with quote

Just this one moment

of silence,

a breath unto the void

and the silence

begat

This

flowering

of

spaceless

Love

permeating

the senses of awareness...



Love to All,
and All In Love
Anna
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