The word that came upon me today is “leaving”. I do not choose the word–I pick a dictionary, point my finger randomly at any word without looking, and just go from there. And then I time myself for 10 minutes and just write, without thought, without grammar, just following my hand with an empty head.
Here’s what I wrote today:
Leaving. Such a lonely word, you say.
Leaving some thing, some place, some body.
Walking away from something
is sometimes a walk towards something else.
But it can also be a letting go and not stopping.
Letting the breath take you,
carry you with it
for you to float nameless and without address,
without friends or foes,
without relatives, acquaintances.
Just fall, fall, free fall away
and take it from there
to wander in through the window of one house
to float out the door,
to rise and kiss the tree-tops,
to skim the oceans,
to lie suspended over a snow-capped mountain,
to become one with a star or a grain of sand on a white, lonesome beach,
to be carried backwards and forwards upon the waves,
to be a plant drinking in from the soil,
to be a fruit ripe to the bursting,
to be a breast lovingly squeezed in a harem,
to be the gurgle of a baby,
to be the movement of the muscle on a woodcutters arm,
a cake baking in the oven,
a piece of music escaped from a violin,
to be a grandfather’s tears for a grandson lost,
to be grass munched in the mouth of a cow,
to be a soap bubble floating up from a tub of washing,
to be a tale sleeping in a book,
to be a fish born in an aquarium,
to be a taxi-driver chatting with a tourist,
to be a mother slapping her boy,
to be the toy he has lost,
to be the words in the mouth of a poet,
to be the honey in a hive and the bee that carries it there,
to be the prey and the predator,
to be fire and water, sleep and awakening.
Leaving is not a lonely word.
It is the joy of being alone, of being one,
of being all, and also nothingness.