2018-12-10

Raven 82: Still Lonesome

Someone told you once to be open to the other. They forgot to mention that there is no other.

Case
Mole spoke up after Raven had his exchange with Owl and said, "I have a different kind of question. Is there a way to practice in ordinary times?"
Raven said, "The robin! The dove! The linnet!"
"Is it just a matter of being open to the other?" asked Mole.
"Still lonesome," said Raven.
Verse
On the path,
First comes everything.
Second, everything again.
Third, return to first things.
Ordinal numbers
Mark ordinary time.
Case by Robert Aitken, adapted; introduction and Verse by Meredith Garmon
Raven 81

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