Photo: ‘Morning Moth’ by Ian Lindsay – Pixabay


And I thought… had I never looked within, never plumbed my own depth, how could I even be acquainted with how or what I was grounded in… would water-bugs skimming the surface of placid pools ever know anything put the flat-line? Ken’s poem reminds me, my own time-line can be plumbed… opened… experienced fully… in-depth. There is more to pain and sorrow and joy than my ideas about them… the expanse and profoundness from which they emerge…

by Ken McKeon

I’ve been wrestling with a breath for hours now,
That’s not unusual,
My days typically start that way,
It’s my morning norm,
My lungs feel ragged,
There’s a rusty sort of struggling about them,
I reach down into them
And find what seems to be
A halting aching,

As if night’s long similitude of death
Has formed a kind of crust,
And has settled into itself,
It’s aiming for deeper sleep,
Some darkly easy absence realm
Where molecules give way to particles,
And those to barely spinning
Modalities of time,

There’s finally nothing much at all,
Maybe a few soft brushes
Of passing gleaming fish,
Or odd strains of shadow songs,
That’s about it,
Golden daylight has no access here,
None at all,
But there is a maybe sense of some horizon
Fluttering with light,

A strange moth, dusty heavy wings, blank moth eyes,
It’s starting to lift,
I feel it in my shifting shoulders,
And I find myself back here
Trying to wake up.

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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