the shock of seamless intimacy

Miriam Louisa Simons: the shock of seamless intimacy


when the myth of separation erases itself

from the mind’s story-trove

one free-falls into a view (there’s no choice about it)

that’s viewerless

the shock of seamless intimacy is usually hair-raising

devastating, humbling

no separation! outside & inside – same!

repeat: same!

– – –

all those stories one tells oneself about oneself

and the mythical others

all those resolutions made in the aching lostness:

practice! diligence! discretion!

all those stern exclusions: the egotist, the phoney

the ignorant, the ‘evil’…

all those fantasies about embracing

some Unknowable Immensity


all those comforting conclusions; certitudes acquired

along a streaming lifeline

gone – synapses wiped

– – –

only this Nothing that excludes nothing

remains, on Its knees

utterly undone

fully full

and excruciatingly sweet

– – –


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10 thoughts on “the shock of seamless intimacy

  1. Miriam, your expression ‘seamless intimacy’ is such an exquisite take on what you point to here; I must congratulate you on its origination, as with the remainder of this perfectly eloquent and deeply creative verse.

    In your further expression ‘a view. . . that’s viewer-less’, I am reminded of a book by Thomas Nagel called ‘The View From Nowhere’, which I think also suggests the non-local nature of your sublimely ‘seamless intimacy’.

    Hariod. ❤

    1. Dear Hariod, you are so generous! To have your feedback is precious – I consider it high praise indeed, coming from such an impeccable wordsmith as yourself. Thank you.

      I haven’t read Thomas Nagel’s book, but the title certainly aligns with ‘the viewerless view’; non-local, nowhere, yet ever “NowHere”.

      – Miriam, with love and gratitude

  2. wonderfull poem, it pushed out the me, the idea of a person, only silence, nothingness, no one here, no more judgements,

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