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Poetry: life: destiny, docility, deathlessness: the eternal void: poem

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            A cow, who understood that its destiny was to go to the slaughterhouse, intentionally ate less grain than necessary to make it fat with meat, and thus fit to be killed. Yet it also ate enough grain so as not to be thought sickly and thus also killed.

            Every year the healthy cows were led to slaughter, and the infirm ones were destroyed, and the farmer kept only the one cow not fit for the butcher, yet who still was bearing promise, and that cow lived on between death and death, ever wise, ever hungry, ever strong.

 

It is the nature of the epiphyte, a plant which grows without soil, high on the limb of a tree, that it lives off what the earth produces, but is not attached to the earth.

Indeed it is harder to be nourished without being soiled, than to be soiled without being fed.

 

 

(excerpted from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas)

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Autobiography, Memoir, Spirituality, Mysticism, Comparative Religion, Poetry, Art, Photography.