Photo: ‘Ivoried Golden Tulip Dawn’ – Pixabay


An unbounded moment… instant center of the universe… what could you possibly say to contain it… to hold it… to savor, honor, or treasure the experience? It is NOT a snapshot, a freeze frame lifeless object… it is a living, precious space-instant arising like a gentle breeze… felt, luxuriated in and allowed to pass as the joyful fragrance of knowing…

by Ken McKeon

Scotched no longer,
Not flattened into folds,
Not checked by chains,

I’m all aloft, I’m freed in
The skim above, the breeze soar,
What’s earth to me now?
Only the down below,

But say I fell with the golden rays
All the way to the wet, the granular,
To dwell there as a tugging worm
Or as a swaying, easily toppled snail,

I might find myself lowly
And as deeply wonderful as dew,
Chill, blind, and moving along
Slowly on my drenched and sticky tongue like foot,

Earth to me would be a grinding thuggish way,
I’d be happy there,
And I wouldn’t need a word to tell me so,
But if I were somehow toppled over,
And if within my fall I looked above,

If it were at the dawning of a golden day,
I well might scan up
A green accelerating stem
Into a blessed ivoried golden tulip sky,
I well might find myself alive in canticles of light,
I would think to laugh,

But I would find myself in prayer, in ringing notes,
And that would suffice,
For it would be my most perfect, my most radiant ever, air.

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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