“If you do something in the spirit of non-achievement, there is a good quality in it. So just to do something without any particular effort is enough.”
Shunryu Suzuki

To make something of these times I 
must make something so I will find 
a frame in which to nail my thoughts. 
I cannot beat this lone silence

and I cannot take this seedless 
greening anymore, this yearning 
growth that knows only down and in,
only dragging my thoughts into 

the night where I cannot find them 
though I remember having them, 
remember how they felt if not 
how they looked, remember them close 

and warm, and thought them somehow grand 
or at least telling at the time 
I barely had them, but now? Now 
I barely have them even less. 

Now I am not sure if I have
them or if they have me. Now they 
are lost in their own depths, swimming 
silently in the rolling black 

medium of their making. Now 
they haunt me in their bare being
and unmake me and swim through me
and I will make nothing of them.

5 thoughts on “Swimming

  1. so, my thoughts, (and obviously your thoughts, it would seem) are not necessarily related to each other: there is thought and there is “I” in all of its multifariousnicity, and never the twain shall meet except in the words we weave

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  2. Well, maybe skip the frame and nails, and, like you said, make nothing of them, which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still write. 😉 And photograph – I love the image! Your photography has such life and energy. And the quote, naturally, a classic.

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    • Bless you, dear.
      The frame and nails in this instance would be form. as in meter. I have found that putting things in meter is a good way of tricking my mind into telling me what I need to hear when “free verse” is just a little too free….


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