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  • Obsession with One Thing

    Right now the whirlwind of the surface
    scratched, battered, even
    glints and sparks all kinds of colors and patterns
    against a quiet background.

    Obsession with one thing isn’t obvious.
    The colors rattle and shine, shimmy off each other
    create illusion of depth and fragrance,
    frantic to cover the silent background.

    Just one thing – where is it now
    with the scurrying and the scraping
    the stomp and the bite to find a place
    a home on the outside and calm on the inside?
    The blowing smoke and restless nights
    the frantic push, the grab to house what is not mine.

    Focus on one
    the only number that matters
    go back beyond the glitter, the questions
    the glass house of perfection
    of everything breakable and potentially wrong.

    There is a field of peace unconditioned, vast
    holding all the little pieces of home and of not home
    of safety and of not safe
    of grace and what we call the floor.

    Obsession with one thing – yes.
    And it needs not me to be obsessed
    for it holds that, too
    all the longing
    the confusion and muddling
    the finding and the losing
    the deep and shallow breaths
    the air itself.

    It finds me
    reminds me that it was first
    long before I or me or mine.
    It was what all the little pieces rise in and subside
    back into stillness
    life without end
    Amen
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