Photo courtesy of: ‘Worlds’ by Pixabay

How many words are there… who would know? If there are almost 7,000 living languages today, each could have several hundreds of thousands of words… if so, then there might be over 2 billion words in use today.

Ken’s poem has me thinking about words… thoughtfully, someone has tried to honor words by designating a word for each day… now there’s a direct relationship to Time and Words! That’s how we use them, isn’t it, to measure and evaluate experience through time. We create WORLDS out of words, and live in, and evaluate them continuously. The cosmic dust of our universe is composed of words… mind stuff. Yes, I think so… we’re almost always in our heads… until we bite on the unexpected…. For an instant… worlds part… space and time open…

by Ken McKeon

The word of the day, the one true thing
For twenty four hours,
There’s nothing slippery about it,
It’s sky stable, a still mauve cloud
In a big blue airy range,
A fathomless display,
Depths of flavor one enters
By way of sprinkled cinnamon

It yields easily to the
Spooning of the open mind,
It’s a real treat, tasty and lasting
For the whole stretch
Of its brief forever time,

Savor it while you’re here
At this table humming out
Your own unlimited infinite display,

But as your tongue touches down
On the spike of a clove
Note the automatic shift,
The quick sharp lostness,
The tears of ripping Time
That wash you’re lit up
Easy open sky-lit day away.

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. Eliana Kalaf says:

    Very juicy this poem.
    It points to the unspeakable feel of the field.

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