Present Past

Zazen counts years backwards
Sitting soflty sands sediments off our eyes

Dogen mentioned that time flowed from the present to the past.
What his vision was, as he uttered such a cryptic statement, I can never pretend to know.

Quite the opposite : I don’t pretend, I don’t know.
This is why I can pretend to know.

The liveliness of the past blossoms in the observer’s present eye : now he has unveiled what an absence of maturity had kept enshrined in the situation as it was then experienced,
In the moment, this experience is perfect.

It is past-present.
A past way more present than when it was lived as a past reality,
Much more alive than when it once became hoarse because of the drafts of youth.


Maturity of life
Perfection of Now

Franck Joseph
©FJ Dec. 2020 – All rights reserved.
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