2020-09-24

Raven 137: Everything Collapsed

Everything there is presents itself in each moment, each appearance. Our task is to maintain this reality -- as in, "cause or enable (a condition or state of affairs) to continue," and also as in "state something to be the case; assert" -- but how?

Case
Wolverine dropped by for zazen and announced, "Everything on the Blue Planet is contained in this appearance."
Porcupine said, "That's true. How do you maintain it?"
Wolverine hesitated.
Porcupine said, "The Blue Planet collapsed."
Verse
That joke about small towns:
"Don't blink or you'll miss it."
I used to think no town could be
so small that this was true.
Now I think no city could be
so large this isn't true.

Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonA
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