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Grained Life

Life has a grain

Like burled wood

Growth rings of meaning

Lines in a story

A life of its own

Yours

Mine

Written over eons

In layers

Dappled with ecstasy and pain

Like leaves bejeweled with droplets of rain

Or sunlight on the forest’s floor of dead leaves

Life embraced by Death

As loss by gain

For the Universe is

As the Universe believes

You can feel the cosmos

With your hand

With your spirit

Taste its sweetness

Like the blood of trees

Sown in wooden sinews

Layered in time

Over and over again

Learning by rote these meanings

Like the scribe bent over his goatskin

With his gleanings

Or the poet over his notebook

Sending out her thoughts like tendrils

Digging deeply as roots

Growing slowly

In layers

With the sweetness

Beating like in our veins

Unhindered by random thoughts in our brains

Breathing in wonder

Breathing out joy

Branching ever eagerly outward

Between yes and no

Until we go

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