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Poetry: self knowledge: conscious and unconscious: inner life metaphor: poem

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self knowledge


You spent your days harvesting the abundance whose seed fell from misunderstanding. You sought no cultivation of the heart, only a fallow conception, where idea progresses unnaturally, where thought uproots all growth and plows away all fertile possibility; where thorn succeeds thorn, until the blinding thicket constricts all movement, ensconces every happening, and thought dwindles back into the earth, choked in the spasms of meaning's plenitude, and plenitude's failings.

You are this person, bound by an abundance of dreams and anguishings. You eat what you have not slain, you slay what you do not eat. You have nothing in yourself except the harvest of another person's scythe. And that other is also you, but you know it not, and so your life remains unforgiven.


Today is yesterday's failure; your mint is broken, and you have not yet stamped enough coins to repair it.



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

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Books by Jack Haas,

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