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

For more than 25 years I’ve been a 'student' of the Time, Space, Knowledge vision (TSK), not a teacher. And I write from an inquiring student's perspective neither proclaiming nor declaring. I figuratively sit in awe at the feet of a master, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. For the past 12 years, my personal TSK guide has been Jack Petranker, Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, and the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI), past dean of the "Tibetan Nyingma Institute", and author of "When It Rains Does Space Get Wet?", "Inside Knowledge", and other TSK related books and articles... I've also received TSK instruction from the late, Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Retreat Center... As a volunteer for the past several years, I've been curating the often TSK focused, CCI Facebook page at...
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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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