End Times

June 21, 2011by

End Times

I used to believe that
escaping the world and fading
into the powers of the mind
was the way
of enlightenment,
the way of discovery,
even truth.

But the mind is a puzzling body
of flickers and flame, its history
a gallery of artlessness,
and people
more the products of powers that surround
and grab them
than the expression of
their own or others’
thoughts.

Dore, Death
Gustave Doré, Death on the Pale Horse (engraving — 1865)

Gradually
its most compelling attractions
all began to fade:
the heart, the mind, the soul,
the will with its obsessive self-fulfillment,
the spirit and
the consciousness of
self.

Then freedom, the greatest
power of them all,
rode in on a pale horse through
the clouds
in the end times
of the mind.


Inspired by Laura Kimball‘s #Trust30 prompt Speak Less:

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know I. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I once received a fortune cookie that read: “Speak less of your plans, you’ll get more done.” What’s one project that you’ve been sitting on and thinking about but haven’t made progress on? What’s stopping you? What would happen if you actually went for it and did it?

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