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THE COURAGE TO BECOME

Hal EdwardsTHE COURAGE TO BECOME

Here I am

Approaching eighty

And I remain

Perfectly incomplete,

Facing my angels and demons,

Trudging and soaring

Through the uncharted

Times and throes

Of my own existence.

 

What will it take to

Graduate beyond

“looking into the glass darkly?”

What will it take to

Reside consistently

In Nirvana,

“See things face to face”

 and

Be completely at peace

With myself

In all circumstances?

 

Oh, I keep waiting for,

Looking for,

The Golden Ring,

The ring of power

And Wisdom,

And presence,

And perfection.

 

I venture forward

Through time and hope

Looking for

My own finished product…

When I can finally (!!)

Look at it

Like some perfected portrait,

And say,

“Well done.  Its finished!”

 

Well, really I don’t.

Something in me likes to

Grow,

Attracts the tension between

Here and there,

Abhors the boredom of

Something forever finished.

 

Perhaps already I am

While I am not

What I shall be.

Perhaps I am not

What I shall never be.

 

Perhaps, just perhaps,

There will all-ways remain

A transformative perfection

In the core and fabric

Of my obvious and eternal

Becoming.

 

Does it mean,

Within the

Perfect and complex

imperfections

of my

Uncharted becomings,

that

I am actively present

 in the

Awesome grace

Of always Becoming….

Of always….

Being??

 

While creation

Continues

“from glory to glory,”

through chaos and order,

forever

tapping into this Mysterious More,

I find myself

Caught and blessed

Within the vortex

Of

A breathtaking actuality of being.

Read more of Hal’s poems @: www.persistentpathways.com

TAO: “A good master leads you to the true master within.

Only that master, who is your own true Self, can adequately answer all questions.”

“My religion is to live–and die–without regret.” Milarepa, Tibet’s poet-saint.

Hal Edwards

Catalyst House
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