I look down at my fingers on the keyboard and have to remind myself that there is nothing here to be ashamed of. These twisting bones should be honored.
But it’s not easy.
For months I’ve been working on the manuscript for Impermanence, which is all about embracing change because there is nothing else real.
It’s as though most of us were immortal creatures swapped at birth, faeries misplaced among humans. Puzzled by our strange bodies. The cellulite that comes with menarche, the skin-tag-chaos of cells gone feral. The relaxing, the what’s-all-the-fuss attitude that these creatures, our bodies take on.
“What’d you win for all that work?”
I make a lot of things harder than they are. Putting my attention on ornamentation and packaging instead of the essence of this thing that is living. Even in the middle of a delicious bit of creation, I can step back and judge it. Shift the point of view. Objective, not subjective. Passive, not active. Contemplative, not experiential.
Clearly, I believe in the value of contemplation. But in service to the experience, and not vice versa.
Oxpeckers prevent parasites from sucking the blood of an animal by plucking them from the skin. But an over-eager oxpecker can open new wounds. Can prevent healing.
All medication is poison.
And the metaphors go on. And on. Because this neutrality is the truth of the world.
The neutrality of time. It is interesting that we say, “passing”. Because the metaphor fixes “time” as a thing that moves past us. Personified as a series of creatures that wander through our lives. Or through the world. This time, that time that was.
I am having a difficult time (!) conceiving of time as a continuous present and nothing more. (And believe me, I’ve been toying with this idea for months now). Time does not pass. Time is the only constant and the only reality and everything else is a story in the present.
Maybe this is what the faerie knows. And just can’t relate it to human semiotics?
spaces between open:
the highs and lows, the terrain
of years – a topography
of living more visible
before the final closing
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Oh, Ren, this really resonated with me on so many levels. Thank you
Thank you for letting me know! I really feel less alone with all these thoughts when people comment 😉
On the other hand… I don’t think people who read need homework 😉 …
Impermanence, time as a continuous presence, Neutrality as truth in the world. These subjects are all connected, and I feel like the grand theory of Everything is there for us to see if we would just let it come to us. Your struggles are my struggles my friend.Your slices of life help me see the world. I am grateful for you.
Yes.. that is really hard to wrap my mind around! I too make things more complicated than they need be, Ren.