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18 coins & a 50 piastres note

A New Rambunctious Craziness

A new rambunctious craziness comes,
dragging our chains,
tearing and spilling the full sacks.
Some nameless Bedouins
buy Joseph for 18 coins…

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Pascal's Sphere

In Coleman Barks’ introduction to Chapter 16 of his Big Red Book, he quotes Carl JungĀ (1875-1961) as saying:

“The Self (God) is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” 376 more words


How a human being can change

The Worm’s Waking

This is how a human being can change:

there’s a worm addicted to eating
grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something…

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soul moving

A Waking Town

The taste of this life comes from you,
soul moving like a mountain stream under a sky of flowers.
Seeing such beauty makes me expect the dregs tomorrow.

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Gold & Ruby Outcrops/Soul Bowls

When I first read this poem, the image of the glint of ruby being revealed as an entire ruby mountain reminded me of an old Three Bears cartoon from the 1974 Beano Annual, where the bears caught gold fever. 161 more words


the passageways of the self

The Importance of Setting Out

If a tree could fly off, it would not suffer the saw.
The sun hurries all night to be back for morning.

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The Many Appeals of the Color Red

Red with shyness,
the red that became all the rose-garden reds.

The red distance.
Red of the stove and boiling water,
red of the mountain turning bloodred now.

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