Cloister

Safe in the cloister
Safe within cold walls, withdrawn
The world melt away

A yearnings beckons
The slow impulse of desire
Confused and abstract

Fusing and diffusing
A failure of discernment
Wandering Errant

Psychedelia
Psychology of the cave
Elusive shadows

Nobody cares for
Coffee hose philosophies
Issued without risk

Listen to the sage
The nomad from the desert
The Israelite wrote

It is meaningless
Meaningless, everything is
Empty, every word

Broken

The search never ends
A longing for tenderness
To ease the hard life

A little loving
Learning, to be touched by you
And be vulnerable

Open to the world
The long journey of desire
The restless slumber

Eternally dreaming
The absolute end of things
Drowning in laughter

Taken and shaken
Beaten inside our thin shells
Like a broken yoke

A bloody remnant
Swallowed by the truth, eaten
Without thought or care

High Wire

Walking the thin line
The cold steel cable, stretched tight
‘Cross the silent void

My light is swallowed
By the gloom, tearing at me
Every inch of them

My broken fingers
The wire cuts them to the bone
Tendrils and sinew

The scent of iron
Bleeding out the rusty musk
Shuddering pulses

I took to the high wire
Walked the precarious way
Falling with my pride

Hung over the void
Cut off and dangling, afraid
Of oblivion

I did not desire
The dark drift, the endless fall
Into the abyss

I dreamt of the light
To walk beneath the blue sky
On the other side

Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-four, Loyalties; Chapter Five, Desire

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 320, Friday
November 16th, 2018

Chapter Five: Desire

The bonds between people, even members of the same family were flimsy, they were unreliable, but some were stronger than others.

People found one another through the things they desired most, bonding with one another through their joy and pain, they gravitated toward the same places. They were even shepherded to those places, to encounter one another through the ever-watchful eyes of the Continuum.

There was an element of contrivance behind even seemingly random encounters, the manipulations behind them were so fine and remote that the individuals involved in them had no ability to detect them.

They were cultivated for the drama they would deliver to the Collective.

Shared experiences were the strongest ties, and because of this people unconsciously sabotaged themselves, undercut their hopes for advancement, so that they could remain in proximity to those they loved.

They sacrificed their health, their freedom, their future for fleeting moments of pleasure, temporalities that were gone and forgotten as quickly as they came.

Through this medium, incredible tragedies would unfold, as ephemeral as the petals of a flower opening in the moonlight when there is no one there to witness.

Children would destroy their parents.

Brother and sisters would plot against each other.

Parents would sell their children, would devour them to satisfy their hunger for the thing they desired.

Desire would lead a person to walk with open eyes, through the gates of hell, embracing their own destruction.

The Collective thirsted for it, and the Continuum delivered.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-three, Remembrance; Chapter Six, Desire

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Day 244, Saturday
September 1st, 2018

Chapter Six: Desire

Desire is the root of self, of joy, and of suffering.

Our desires are the fingers that braid our happiness and sorrow into the single line of being.

Before fear, there is desire.

Before hope there is desire.

Desire is the precursor and the greatest determiner of who we are.

Our desires define us.

Desire shapes us, moment by moment, into the persons we are to become.

Desires drive us, they control us, from the inarticulate motivations locked within our cells, to the most intricately defined machinations of dynastic ambitions; our desires govern us.

It is a watershed moment in the life of the individual-person when they reach the point where they may live free from desire.

The moment comes, and a choice is made, to shed the skin, to re-enter the womb, to be born anew…or not

To relinquish desire is freedom.

It is freedom of self, and freedom from the self.

It is to be a new creation.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Six; Desire

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Day 209, Saturday
July 28th, 2018

Chapter Six: Desire

It took Kathy several moments to get her bearings when she met Jim.

It was the first time she had ever encountered a human being that she could not fathom in an instant.

Kathy thought she had prepared herself for the unexpected, his knowledge of ancient languages alone informed her that she was going to encounter a unique individual, perhaps another person like herself.

It was not just his knowledge, knowledge was not the right word. He had an intimate familiarity with them, akin to her own familiarity, he knew more than the meanings of characters and symbols, he knew how the speech sounded, something he could only know if he had been there, or if he was attuned to some part of himself who had, like Kathy was.

It took her several moments to adjust to this new reality. She was uncertain as to why she had believed that being in close proximity to him would change anything.

Distance and proximity had never been factors in her ability to reach another mind before.

Jim was closed to her.

All she wanted to do was to be absorbed by him, to lose herself in him, as everyone she had ever been with had been lost in her.

For the very first time she felt a longing that was not rooted in loneliness and isolation.

She felt desire.

She felt distinct.

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Of Poetry and Misery

Oh bastion of virtue, portico of romantics, Muse
Make me pure again

Mortal that I am, re-birth me in your golden light
A child of the Furies

My broken feet are bleeding, tired of dragging against time
Driven through the mire

My shell of being, I am weary of seeing, feeling
Still born in still-life

I haunt the static spaces, in the freedom of my dreams
Forgotten, the will to be…be not

Where is the dream now, the promised-land, love and grace
Why now withhold your hand, bar the gate

Oh god of visions, Apollo, poet, you are the sun
The sire of Sisyphus, the wise…the condemned

The good king was right, life is a joke, only the gods are laughing
We are creatures of ridicule

Who am I, what is the meaning of life, where is my purpose?

When can I answer the eternal questions…Why?
Why me? Why you?

Why is the sky blue? Does anything matter…anything at all?
What can knowing do?

Every beating heart, pounds the rhythm of its dreams
We are carried away by them

The Echo of madness leads nowhere, we are lost in the wild
Drowned in pools of desire, of vanity

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-four, Loyalties, Collected Chapters

 

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day

Day 315, November 11th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Genetic

 

Many things united the people of the Empire; language, cult, custom.

 

Fear and hope were among the most powerful forces establishing both mutuality and commonality throughout the worlds.

 

Nevertheless, the children of the Ancients evolved in different ways, on their disparate worlds, with different stars to look upon, different fates to contemplate.

 

Differences were primary.

 

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Day 316, November 12th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Class

 

Everyone dreamed of advancing to the next level, it was the constant preoccupation of the masses, to advance, either in this life or the next.

 

Complacency was abhorrent.

 

They loathed their own place, but when threatened their class united them.

 

They were connected by clan, village, planet, by class, and rank, by fear and loathing.

 

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Day 317, November 13th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Planetary

 

There were a million worlds in the galactic Empire. Planets strung like gems among the stars, each of them was the locus of identity for the ordinary citizen.

 

Every person was marked by the world they lived on, genetically aligned to its exigencies. Their worlds marked them in ways that were both obvious and hidden.

 

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Day 318, November 14th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Linguistic

 

The Imperial schools attempted to normalize linguistics.

 

It was a mission that never ended, something that they failed at from generation to generation.

 

Variation persisted, colloquial patterns bonded people to one another, an unconscious manifestation of shared experience.

 

Language patterns were buried in the ganglia of the central nervous system, they were a genetic endowment.

 

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Day 319, November 15th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Desire

 

People found one another through the things they desired most; bonding with one another through their joy, and pain.

 

Shared experience were the strongest ties, and because of this, people unconsciously sabotaged themselves, undercut their hopes for advancement, so as to remain in proximity to those they loved.

 

Through this medium, incredible tragedies would unfold.

 

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Day 320, November 16th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Fear

 

Fear makes the life and behaviors of the citizenry more predictable than any other factor.

 

Not even death could overcome the power of fear.

 

Fear poisoned the body, shaping its consciousness in the electromagnetic field.

 

Fear was the most powerful emotion, stronger than hope, than desire, than hate.

 

Fear catalyzed all of the lesser emotions.

 

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Day 321, November 17th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Love

 

Love is stronger than fear, stronger than any power.

 

The Imperial cult worked tirelessly to frustrate the reality of love among each of the million worlds that constituted the galactic civilization.

 

Love is a feeling, like fear, and joy, but love is more, it is a choice, it is a fundamental option.

 

Love is freedom.

 

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Emergence 2.0:

Section Seven, War

 

Part Forty-four, Loyalties

 

Collected Chapters

01 Genetic

02 Class

03 Planetary

04 Linguistic

05 Desire

06 Fear

07 Love

 

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