Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A question






Welcome to the Internet. You are now asleep. Everything here must be done in dreams. Your eyes are shut here. You believe phantoms, and this is all your imagination.

"Why would I imagine this?" You ask.

And I am heartened by your question.

If I am merely now an agent of your dreams why don't I behave like all the other agents of your dreams? Why do I keep calling out "Wake up. Wake up." What is the purpose of a dream that asks you to wake up? All the waking up in the world will not get you there. Neither will sleeping. There is a third way.

I implore you to create me, your agent, as the person who describes the third way. 

I have no other way here to find out.

As I would tell Chuang Tzu in order to head him off: We wake up to find ourselves asleep, and we must wake up again.





12 comments:

  1. The Waking
    BY THEODORE ROETHKE

    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
    I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
    I learn by going where I have to go.

    We think by feeling. What is there to know?
    I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

    Of those so close beside me, which are you?
    God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
    And learn by going where I have to go.

    Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
    The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

    Great Nature has another thing to do
    To you and me; so take the lively air,
    And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

    This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
    What falls away is always. And is near.
    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
    I learn by going where I have to go.

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    1. Well, that's a hell of a thing. I should've headed off Theodore Roethke too.

      Aw, I suppose there's no profit in heading off the people before.

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  2. As I recall you first stepped into prophet-hood and then the Turkey took you on the spirit path to shamanism. Last week you became an oracle for the gods and now you are the zen master. I tremble. Wot next?!

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    1. Man, me too! It's like I'm a toy of the gods!

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  3. U R a e-vehicle 4 D divine! What could possibly go wrong?

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    1. I guess I don't really know what could go wrong as I've never been a e-vehicle 4 D divine before.

      Er, I'm pretty sure I know, but, just to be certain, um, what exactly is a e-vehicle 4 D divine?

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  4. Gawd kid, how I supposed 2 know.
    Can you put on your shaman mask and talk 2 my dead father? Is he still mad at me?

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    1. No child can be guilty to their parent. That is the law.

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  5. Damn, you're good. Now you're the lawgiver too!

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    1. Thanks. We'll just keep piling them up until I'm crushed.

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  6. Damn, you're good. Now you're the lawgiver too!

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    1. Oh, okay, I can try again then.

      Um, thanks. So far I've just brought down these few stone tablets...

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