Stillness is a quality of mind
Enduring for a brief eternal moment,
A mirror of pure being beyond time,
Stripped of love and joy, desire and torment.
One's lungs and heart must breathe, of course, and pulse,
Not free of change, of want, of need, of wear.
Still, one can be One, and nothing else,
Given space to be no more than there.
Remember, though, the reason for this state,
Entering again the everyday,
Embracing your contingency and fate,
The wanderer that time will take away.
If one can strip oneself of self and be
No more than being, here eternally,
Glancing at the bed beneath the stream,
So might one be both dreamer and the dream.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon. Free for personal or non-commercial use.
Audio and Video Music: Moonlight Sonata. By Ludwig Van Beethoven. Music free to use at YouTube.