Damn if I didn’t walk around
a corner last night
and bumped right into myself;
stubbed my ego and nose too
same as if I’d walked into a foggy mirror
or a clear windowed door.
Standing there I was
looking at myself in a brother
denial and all defenses up
hiding from shame and guilt
projecting out onto the world
an anger toward self not owned inside.
This is not the first time mind you
that I’ve caught my self acting this way.
It’s just that it was painful
to see so clearly in another’s
their mirror of aggressive defense looking back at me
and them without a clue.
not even thinking to say “Thanks”
for helping me remember
Yes my ego responded with anger too—
to the insult of stubbing my nose
on the mirror of another’s ego.
But the gift
in the opportunity to re-member
is worth a “Thank you!” anytime.
So “Thank you!” world.
No matter where I look
there you are—
and there I am too.
kent09/30/2009 at 6:12 pm
Marvelous. Inside one or the other of you beats the heart of a poet.
cb10/22/2009 at 8:48 pm
i found, by accident, the poem
I wondered who the author is ?
It is remarkable – i identified immediately with it –
thank you for posting it
sincerely – carol
Larry Glover10/23/2009 at 9:44 pm
Thanks for the comment and complement, Carol. For the record, this ‘Not Two!’ “poem” is a reflection of my own inner processing.
I do intend to post a short Zen poem, when I return from travels, that contains this phrase and was the inspiration for this title.
cb10/23/2009 at 10:08 pm
for the answer
for sharing inner
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