Then emptiness grew more empty,
the scent of scentlessness.
How could it be?
When emptiness is that which can’t be
emptied any more, neither malicious nor
a state that welcomes us
with munificent alohas.
I fingered it like an incision, fondled it
like a rosary of thorns, thinking
if every instant holds
the maximum abridged, tranquillity must be
somewhere in the mix. So concentrate.
A live volcano is the recommended site
for certain meditations. Think time
exists because a dropped glass
breaks and here we are existing,
witnessing the ornaments,
decorative yet dear. Mundanities
that dazzling seem extruded by a star.
Words to conjure with. The great
seal, great gesture, the mahamudra
holds snowflakes to their certitudes of lace.
While fire thinks fire
is what everything aspires to, time thinks
through its helpless locks: its ambergris
flocked with a sailor’s buttons, its mud wasp
buzzing like a mini vac. Every solid is a clock.