The Experience

foto by Jason Weaver, 2017

She wanted nothing more,
for there were no things
worth wanting anymore.
And as for wanting itself,
even that had become
a tiresome chore to her
as it grew and swelled, so
she let that go as well,
for it was taking up
too much of her time,
using up precious space
in her mind –space
that she needed
to think
and to be.

“You see,” she will say–
but only if you ask, since
she has no desire to sway or
convince, in fact,
no desire at all does she have
but simply to exist,
to live in the moment
to which she’s been offered–
“I am the experience.”
And then she will end
with nothing more proffered
for there is nothing more!
as even every day words
which she once
so adored become
inextricably
inexplicably
meaningless.

By Jason Weaver, 2017

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23 thoughts on “The Experience

    • Thanks Bjorn — I see perhaps it has been read (by others as well) as emptiness, sadness — rather, I’d meant to transmit a sense of cutting attachments as release, as fulfillment — experience AS purpose.

      But I think I failed to CONVINCE! πŸ™‚ ~Jason

    • Thank you Grace —
      Yes, this moment, these moments in collection are observable — hence, in the photo, we see a simplified moment in life, a moment as equal and without judgment as every and all moments.

      ~peace, and a wonderful weekend to you, Jason

  1. This appears to me a personification of a moment == a raw, unjudged, unverbalize moment. And as if you are courting her — female being a fine choice for this rarefied lover. She is allusive and enticing but comes with conditions that make her a challenging lover. Now flowers or lovely words but only with “Shine” (in Tibetan Buddhism) or Samatha (in Theravada) does she allow approach.

    • Sabio, you have added a striking new dimension to my words — and in turn have given me various ideas upon which to ponder. But answer me this — should this lover (this personified moment) be courted, be pursued? Rather, would not we discover her true potential if we merely waited for her to avail herself? To appear to us when she is ready? Does not moment merely need to be?

      Thank you, Sabio, for your in-depth remarks ~peace, Jason

      • Jason, you ask a question, but it seems rhetorical, but I shall reply as if it weren’t: No, I think we should indeed court her, pursue her, seek intimate union. Such tantric passion can reveal much more then passionless observation — the difference between a Tibetan and Sri Lankan approach to the method I mentioned. Emotions are powerful! Detachment — the western love affair with a romantic idealized Buddhism — is sterile and dead. IMHO

        • As rhetorical it may have seemed, I merely framed it in the only manner in which I could — that is from where I was standing at that, well, moment. I am a bit perplexed — not by the content of your response which intrigues me greatly and upon which I will begin reading up on now that you’ve elucidated me, but indeed by the manner of your response in tote. Rarely has anyone challenged me in the very way in which I need to be challenged. It is quite a sensation to be wandering alone quite contentedly and then suddenly happen upon another who can invoke such a new concept of the air that you are breathing. I’m trying not to be hyperbolic — simply, I really, really enjoyed/enjoy your response and your have truly given me much new material to think upon. Thank you for your generosity!

    • I’d wondered the same thing, Bryan, and that is what had held me (I mean her) back from seeking a letting-go of attachments. But then, when the desire was for things that were not ever meant to be or were superficial or that were in truth not beneficial, she (I) had no options but to detach. Perhaps what we get when we truly, finally let go of our attachments is not emptiness but rather fullness, so that “desire” (in its limitations as we have come to know it) is what keeps us from achieving a greater understanding and being. It is not about emotionlessness, it is about expanding one’s presence to see beyond our mental/emotional preoccupations. And so far, this expanded perspective is quite liberating.

      At least that is where I have arrived for now πŸ™‚ Thanks for the stimulating poser — what do you think?

      • perhaps a substitution of desire for the superficial with desire for the substantial – desire to improve self and desire for the betterment of others?
        I think I know what you were trying to say in your piece…I just wanted to “push” a bit. πŸ™‚

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