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noise & silence: Chaos & Equanimity

Balance, A Definition

 

  1. What I Found:

 

In a dry wash at twilight, on cold sand,

a cairn, three feet high, intricately balanced.

Close to the cairn’s foundation, a deer’s

hoof-print, sunk deep. Just one, no others.

 

  1. A Few Questions:

 

Why did those awkward and precarious angles of stone

re-open an old dream of floating (floating trees,

half-moon and stars below roots; floating stones,

imitating hawks…)?

How did a deer pass so close to the cairn

without knocking it down?

Who first said float but really meant sink?

 

  1. Some Answers:

The deer appeared from the space between the stones.

The cairn appeared when the deer floated by

and touched down one hoof, testing reality.

And the sky, the sky, with its thousand

interlocking blue staircases, built from nothing

but air and the breath of the dead, appeared

out of the dark atrial chamber of the deer’s heart…

_Christien Gholson

(previously published in The Bitter Oleander)

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AUTUMN BEGINS: INCLINING TOWARD THE TRANQUILITY OF HOKKU | HOKKU

AUTUMN BEGINS: INCLINING TOWARD THE TRANQUILITY OF HOKKU | HOKKU.