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Poetry

by E. Raymond Rock




A Letter Postmarked Yesterday

Dear God,

Can you hear me?

If you’re busy, I understand,

But I just have a little time now.

So I was hopin’ you could maybe hear me today.

Just a couple loose ends to tidy up,

If you can help.

I done a few bad things,

Won’t have time to make them right now,

So I thought maybe you could lend me a hand.

Guess I haven’t asked for much before.

Don’t think that I have.

Don’t know why I did what I did,

Hurt some fine people.

Didn’t seem to care at the time,

Guess I do now, though.

Can you tell them, somehow, that I’m sorry?

Don’t even know if you’re real, God.

Maybe you only live in peoples’ heads.

But I can’t think of one other friend.

Never needed any, you know?

‘till now, maybe.

So it comes down to this, ay?

Askin’ for help.

Never thought I‘d do that,

Pretty stubborn, you know.

But . . . I guess you know.

Preacher came by today,

Told him to go to hell. (heh,heh)

Same place I’m headed, right?

Don’t care much about that though,

Anymore.

Can’t even remember why I was so mad

All the time.

But I was.

Better not get in my way!

But not anymore.

You’re not in my way, now.

I tried my best,

But life; you know, it’s short and furious for some.

And now . . . well,

The fury’s gone.

It’s quiet, now.

So when I walk out of my cell later,

And down that long hall,

I’ll be brave.

I promise, God.

But do me a favor, will you;

Remember the little boy,

That once was me.

The little boy,

That got so lost in life.

And that’s about it, God.

Thanks.

Oh, Just one more thing —

Maybe you can cut me a break . . . aye?


Catching the Essence of Honey Dreams

We think high and low, we think we know! We think, we think, we think.

But can we catch the one who thinks, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then, again, the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher act?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who acts, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or is the catcher born?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who’s born, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher live?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who lives, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher see?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who sees, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher feel?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who feels, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher want?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who wants, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher grasp?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who grasps, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher exist?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who lives, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or is the catcher born?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who’s born, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher die?

And round and round we go.

Can we catch the one who dies, oh, catcher can you do it?

And then again the catcher slides

Into her honey dreams

And will she know of honey’s taste?

Or does the catcher think?

And round and round we go.

Love, What Are You?

Love. Stay! Do you understand?
I want you. Stay!

Are you my love? Will you make me happy?
Please make me happy. Be my love. Stay!

Will you always love me? Love me forever?
Please love me forever. Be my love. Stay!

Are you my love? Will you change?
Please don’t change. Be my love, Stay!

Will you make me sad? Go away then, don’t you understand?
I don’t want you. Go away!

You don’t love me? Then go away, don’t you understand?
I don’t want you. Go away!

But I need love. Please don’t go away, don’t you understand?
I need love. Stay!

Love. What are you? I need you.
Please don’t go away. Stay!

Emptiness. Go away! Don’t you understand?
I don’t want you. Go away!

But I am real, says emptiness.

No! That cannot be! Emptiness cannot be real.
Only love is real. I don’t want emptiness. Go away!

But I am the doorway to unconditional love, says emptiness.

No! No! You frighten me!
I don’t want you. Go away!

To love one and hate another is not unconditional love, says emptiness.

Don’t disturb my dreams.
Emptiness, I don’t want you. Go away!


But I am always with you, says emptiness.

No. You are not here. I am happy!
I don’t want you. Stay away!

Just come through my doorway, says emptiness.

No! No! You lie! I love Love.
I don’t want emptiness. Stay away

Love is your heartache, says emptiness.

I am nothing without love.
You lie, emptiness. Stay away!

You are nothing, says emptiness.

I am nothing? I am nothing? . . . I am nothing.


Yes, says emptiness, you have at last crossed my threshold.

Now . . . you are unconditional love.

 

E. Raymond Rock of Fort Myers, Florida, a former Buddhist monk with twenty-eight years of meditation experience, is cofounder and principal teacher at the Southwest Florida Insight Center, http://www.SouthwestFloridaInsightCenter.com His book, A Year to Enlightenment (Career Press/New Page Books) is now available at major bookstores and online retailers. Visit http://www.AYearToEnlightenment.com


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