Follow the Truth

June 13, 2011by

Follow the Truth

If it turns out to be true
that we are on a path or
going someplace,
it might not hurt
to have a guide to show the way
there, or
at least reveal how not to
not get there.
Whether or not there is a there
the going isn’t going
to be easy.

But I am not that guide.
I can only take you
as far as the start, where you will need only
to know:

You are not what
you eat,
even if it has the power
to make you
feel happy or sad as it fills in the empty
space of your flesh.

And you certainly are not a result of
circumstance or chance,
although we could not imagine
you without them.

It should be obvious enough
you are not so dependent as to be
only because you are
being perceived.
Everyone knows
even a ghost doesn’t have to be

Don’t think for a second you
can get away with thinking your way
out of this.
The only place
that mystic line will take you
is sleeping in till noon.

Surely you jest
waving that dull sword of your doing,
as if by habit
you could slim yourself enough to
slip through the narrow
middle gate.

And if you believe your being is
by what you have mustered
the power for, well,
you’ve got another thing

Yours will not finally be the story
all that you have
tells of you, no matter
how many or few, glittering or dim
things may be in
the end.

And now that we’ve reached the
beginning again, there’s nothing more
to say to lead you
on your way, unless
you need a hint:

There is a name
you may yet hear if you will
listen along the way to what
you will
if you find
and follow the

Note: the central stanzas are based on several common idiomatic sayings and philosophical principles: you are what you eat, esse est percipi, cogito ergo sum, being is doing, to be is to have causal powers.

Inspired by Ashley Ambirge‘s #Trust30 prompt Surprise:

I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think of a time when you didn’t think you were capable of doing something, but then surprised yourself. How will you surprise yourself this week?