Space that Births

Photo courtesy of: ‘Maple leaves’ by gregovish – Pixabay

It isn’t often we speak of joy. Something so personal, so deeply experienced in the moment, a sound that resounds in a felt silence, the brightness that illuminates a darkened bulb, and beyond…that connects with all there is, and the space that births it’s nascence. As Ken says, “…That joy itself goes mute, Within the silence of its roaring spring..”

April Afternoon
By Ken McKeon

Hardly paid any attention
To this one maple,
Wedged into a far corner of the deck,

It’s one among several trees,
Those nearly fully leafed out,
Those all lovely quiet presences
Duly planted here in ceramic pots.

But this now before me,
Has gone essentially nowhere,
A zilch of a flop even in late April,

Yet, this afternoon, a few
Bright, deeply pink leaves.
They’ve just shown up,

I didn’t even see the
Dots of life, buds of growth,
I didn’t see them coming,
And now this springing leaf,

Such a kick it is to see unfurled,
This lift of light,
It’s now all one,
It’s now all growing,
It looms as light itself
Is seen beyond itself,
Horizon given, but not horizon bound,

It’s more an enveloping
Than a something pointed to,
Is such a dear joy,
That joy itself goes mute
Within the silence of its roaring spring.

And I am touched by the light
As it is touched by the sun,
Brief glows both,
But quite here now
On this April afternoon.

About David Filippone

David Filippone has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past fourteen years, he has studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). He also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. David curated the CCI Facebook page for five years, which is often TSK-focused, and he currently serves on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link...
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1 Response to Space that Births

  1. michaelg says:

    Thanks for sharing Ken’s beautiful poem, David.

    Everything we’ve been talking about in the first few sessions of this “Given Together” exploration of the TSK vision is wonderfully present in it: inhabiting space beyond locatedness and sailing beyond bystander facing outsiders models. It makes me shy of further analysis. I feel inspired to celebrate the late-bloomers in this world and to honor the hidden victories within people sacking groceries or standing at the entrances to freeways.

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