memo to mind

Dear team-member:


It has come to our notice that you’ve been indulging

in speculation, prediction,

definition and generalisation


what it will be/is like after “awakening” occurs,

how to recognise an “awake” human being,

and even the degree of your own “awakening.”


 In other words, you’ve been snoozing on the job

and entertaining yourself in an indisious dream

in which you assume some kind of god-identity

and dish out judgement.


Not good teamwork, comrade Mind!


Speculation only serves to separate,

and we all know this team is a seamless unit;

seamless, spacious and silent.


What is your life about, anyway?
Nothing but a struggle to be someone.
Nothing but a running from your own silence.
– Rumi


We note that you get very edgy around silence.

(Your earnest claim of being no one

shatters silence as effectively as any “struggle to be someone.”)


Arthur Boyd, Sleeping Woman with Dragonfly and Watching Figure, c.1964


Dear comrade,

have you noticed

the iridescent miracle

hovering at the window of wonderment?


Are you aware

of the Beloved’s presence,

eyes bloodshot from its sleepless lifelong vigil?


Have you marvelled

at the way the life-stream flows on, inevitably,

without minding (without minding).


– – –


Please reconsider your function and report back.
Thank you.  You are a valued member of the team.


Arthur Boyd (1920 – 1999), Sleeping Woman with Dragonfly and Watching Figure c.1964
Pastel on paper, 48.5 x 63.0 cm

Apologies to Arthur Boyd for hijacking his artwork for poetic purposes.