SWIM (Someone Who Isnít Me)/Atman

 

I.         

                                                            How long

                                                            have you gone

                                                            without a word

                                                            out loud?

                                    Sleep ----------

                                    doesnít count. 

The brain----------                                An hour?

creates                                                 A day?        

a vivid                         A switch          A week?

landscape,                    is flicked                  -----------    Vows of

artistic                          disabling          Itís not                     silence

interpret-                      action.              easy.                                   ---------            Attempts

ations of a theme,        Sleep-              The conscious         can last            to know god.

to be dis-                     walkers            mind is a                  years.               Protests

carded like                   find a way       mosaic of                                         for heightened

memories of                around it,         verbal thoughts,                               sensesÖ

Burning Man.              talkers              a hyper-text.

                                    more often.                             

 

 

II.

                                                            How long

                                                            have you gone

                                                            without a word?

 

                                                            A minute?

                                                            Five?

                                                            Thirty?

 

                                                            Itís not

                                                            easy.

 

                                                            Meditation

                                                            moves

                                                            to