Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How Eternity Could Be Endured

How Eternity Could Be Endured 

You must have seen yourself by now - 
I mean your real Self.

It must have at least passed close by one day 
maybe even stepped on your toes
or dragged you somewhere. 

That Self, upon your seeing it,
would give you the idea of how eternity 
could be endured, 

because of a tremendous enchantment you felt
for a grace emanating from all things,
and your soul now the epicenter. 

        When do we meet our true self? That authentic manifestation of our soul? Our real soul, not the one burdened with society's expectations of us? Not the one controlled by the popular kids? Not the one trampled by hardship, conventional ideals, worldly responsibilites? Can we be dragged somewhere by that Self in this lifetime?
      My dad introduced me to the Wallace Stevens poem "The Man With the Blue Guitar" a few years ago when he sent me an email about the value in being different.

"The man bent over his guitar,
A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

They said, "You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are."

The man replied, "Things as they are
Are changed upon my blue guitar."

And they said then, "Play, you must,
A tune beyond us"

      "You do not play things as they are...a tune beyond us", I think that is how you meet the real Self in this lifetime.

Overwhelmed (2011), Rachel Platten

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