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An Old Man's Enlightenment
by Kevin Hull
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Residue trailing an attempt at change.

I pull away from the mirror,
with these thoughts echoing in the image that fades but cannot look away:

Think with your heart, self, and cease
haunting your world of compromises,
which linger still within your best intentions, mocking you, self, from the irises bird-like attentiveness, the pupils like a door in the sky
opening, closing . . .
Listen, self, to the voice within.

You have always been alone with your illusions, a weather watcher, and Time keeps its gaze on you, like a ghost
hovering in the Infinite, accelerating
as it expands. The dreams of youth,
self, and the terror of the middle years, fall away like winter leaves --
with brittle urgency.

Where did the dreamer go, dear self?
The life-plan; faceless friends, nameless, singular, objective,
abandoning your thoughts
as they abandoned their own.

Time is laughing at your confusion.
See, self, the fire in the darkness,
fueled by the friction of your failures, and by what may yet
come to be. Accept this moment, self,
and enhance your sorcery
by dying before your death.

Transmute this simple hour --
a glacier of Self inhaling creation,
and exhaling its artifacts
of transformation. For Creation
never ends.

Know yourself from that station,
and seek out a better version --
you who will never find a place
to hide, nor be given that which you
most fear.
Let this be your immortality.

Surrender, self,
for what shame is there
in bowing with your dignity intact?
Victory lives in this.

Surrender to your victory and your loss, you, dear traveler, who are both
everything and nothing.

You may yet attain a glorious
and noble death.

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/9/2012
BUT TO HIM THERE IS DEATH IN LIVING AND DEATH IN DYING...OH WRETCHED MAN, WHO SHALL DELIVER HIM??!!! THERE IS ONLY 'ONE' WHO CAN DELIVER THIS OLD MAN AND SUSTAIN HIM WITH THE VICTORY OF DEFEAT. NEED I SAY MORE...? A POWERFUL MESSAGE OF A MAN WHO IS TRULY 'LOOKING IN THE MIRROR' AND FINDING IT SO PAINFUL TO COME TO TERMS WITH WHAT HE SEES. I WILL KEEP THIS. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/13/2012
Noble words, well written.

Ron



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