On becoming fifty --.
I have arrived.
I am here and now, and never was anywhere else.
Yes, I have arrived,
Only to discover that I was here all the time
but it has taken me fifty years to discover it.
All past and all future exist for me here and now
And in all the heres and nows that ever were and ever will be.
My mind and heart still grow,
Experience and learning will teach and change my understanding.
Wisdom may be given,
and health and strength will ebb and flow
And then more ebbing to release the soul I nurture
Into its longed-for God embrace.
But I am here, right now.
I can be at home, I can set up my camp
And enjoy the sunrise and sunset.
I can put a sign outside saying `In--Permanently',
And I can work and do and create and be right now,
No more waiting.
I have learned that Heaven is here too
Great Souls have left their prints here
and all of history has informed this moment, this eternal Now.
What a relief, I have arrived.
How we all loathe people who think they've arrived.
Arrived at the truth,
Arrived at the top,
Arrived materially, economically, physically, powerfully, pontifically...
And we think we see them
Casting long glances down noses stuffed with arrogance
And incapable of smelling filth or flowers anymore.
But I have arrived, here and now,
And I ask you not to despise me.
If you only knew--
Perhaps you do--beloved friends,
That now, you are all here too.
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|Publication:||For A Change|
|Date:||Jun 1, 1996|
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