The first Friday this year has come as well as the first Līgo Haibun Challenge of 2014 – with the Picture Prompt. Although I have written essentially a Haibun I am quoting another poet so will put this into mthe ‘scribbles’ box.
Empty street. All the people have left. Bar one. Phosphorescent light bathes the brick floor and I stand alone in the world. Empty Me! There is something beautiful about early morning, even in a town. The world is sleeping, quiet, dreaming a collective dream and I stand here amidst the thought streams that dance across the morning, searching for answers to questions that were never consciously asked, and I am empty. In a pure and clean sort of way. Empty as in ready. Empty but waiting to be filled. As the morning is new and fresh, so is life. It’s a new day. It’s a new beginning. Gratitude rises up inside of me and I feel a sensation akin to trembling move from inside to out. I raise my hands to the sky and call out a heartfelt Thank You to the elemental universe. To everything. All in it’s place. Inside an empty me. Pure paradox engulfs me and I understand that I must be empty in order to be full. I must let go in order to receive. Words from Rumi come to my mind and I hear them in my mind as if his long past spirit whispers to me.
Be helpless, dumbfounded,
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace
To gather us up.We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty
If we say we can, we’re lying.
If we say No, we don’t see it,
That No will behead us
And shut tight our window onto spirit.So let us rather not be sure of anything,
Besides ourselves, and only that, so
Miraculous beings come running to help.
Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying finally,
With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
We shall be a mighty kindness.*
The words are lifted up onto the wings of the morning where they take flight. A prayer for the world. Let Go.
song our time
if we only sing it
sky blue black
This has been my 100th post.
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