Friday, January 16, 2015

[Poem] In the Beginning

Depending on the tradition, you hear:
There was nothing, or there was chaos.
No time, no space, not even a single atom

Not a ray of light, a whisper,
No scent of papaya or rivers.

     Not a body, not a soul.
     Not a ghost of a dok champa

     Or even a memory

Of a touch in the darkness,
Or a taste of a home-cooked meal from

   A tiny garden in the window
   Of a dreaming woman

Asleep amid her books and clothes,
Her brushes and tools.

    In the beginning, though, there
   Was no hate, no war, no anger,

   No constant return to life after life
   Because of our ignorance and lusts.

Still, I look back with no regrets
At our world of fires and love, of ice and hope.

   My mouth opens in song
   In the brief time upon Earth I have,

Creating amid destruction.
Growing against silence.

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