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THE ECHO OF EMPTINESS

I see you
gorge
on generous banquets,
python like,
swallowing whole
to gratify
a hollow unending
without
ever savouring
its many delicacies.

I watch you
quaff
aged juice
from the blood of grapes,
imbibing
intoxicating potion
into numb stupor
but
never relishing
divine nectar.

I spot you
pluck
tender, ripe fruit
craving fingers
bruising,
covetous lips
sucking soft flesh
but
only tasting
bitter seeds.

I hear you
rant
the madness
of self delusions
reverberating
in a vacuum
of unrealized dreams
without
ever listening
to the silence between.

Together we stand
gazing
into clear night sky
scanning
our destinies
across time’s hardened face
but
you only see
the darkness
betwixt the stars.

I recognize you,
restless,
eyeing me,
reflecting
my own wilderness
in waiting,
ready to spring
and capture
my final
berry of grace…….

…….and I wonder…….

is it best
to have company
in the void
or to feel lonely
in Paradise?

If I was to share
this morsel of joy
will it satiate
your wanton appetites
or
will I stand
where you are now,
an echo
skipping
in our emptiness
across the flat plains
of infinity
searching
for watering holes
to quench
our thirsty wanderings?

I see you
behind the looking glass
see me,
with your pleading eyes
and I with wary glance
pass the flesh
of my fruit
into your outstretched hand,
the seed of which
I keep safe
to plant in my heart,
to watch over it
in its dormant state
and nurture it
when it takes root
and buds,
in the hope
that it will bear
more fruit.

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When the world has the Way, ambling horses are retired to fertilise fields.
When the world lacks the Way, war horses are reared in the suburbs.
Of crimes – none is greater than having things that one desire.
Of disasters – none is greater than not knowing when one has enough.
Of defects – none brings more sorrow than the desire to attain.
Therefore, the contentment one has when he knows that he has enough, is abiding contentment indeed.
LAO-TZU.

I came across this and thought it fitted well with what I’ve written.

Tags

banquets, dreams, flesh, fruit, grapes, infinity, mirror, nectar, python, seed, silence, stars, swallow

Comments

  • francis  carter
    francis carterabout 4 years ago

    this is great cos wonderful write! made my mouth salivate with delight! I think I would chose company in the void mate beacuse paradise is something best shared with others. :D

  • thanks Francis…..yes….alone in paradise is over rated. Greatly appreciate it mate.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    I shall take this piece as my very own, it is the ink I want to have tattooed on my skin….I think this is one of the most profound and beautiful pieces I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Such truth. sigh xx

  • my goodness……such a compliment……now that would be a long tattoo, arms,legs, or back it is yours…..you are delightful Lisa to honour me such praise…..many thanks to you. xoxo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 4 years ago

    Oh I hope it will bear more fruit too!! Fantastic words, Cos!

  • I’m counting on a huge harvest Mel……many thanks to you.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 4 years ago

    Wow!!! I am with Lisa on this. Definitely one of your best. Inspiring, thoughtful and beautifully written. Expect to be featured! :-) xoxo

  • Many thanks Sybille…..I’m flattered. xoxo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 4 years ago
  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 4 years ago

    And again, with a picture this time!

    15/08/2010
    Congratulations! :-)

  • I am thrilled and delighted Sybille. Many thanks to you for your comment and featuring this…..an honour. XOXO

    – Cosimo Piro

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioabout 4 years ago

    CONGRATS COSIMO!! YOU ARE A POET/PHILOSOPHER/ SEEKER OF KNOWLEDGE!! A BRILLIANT WRITE….YOU SEE THROUGH MAYA!!!! WE’LL PARTY IN THE VOID THAT IS NOT EMPTY….BRAVO!!

  • Thanks Raymondo….I’m up for a party with friends in the void…..as I said to Francis alone in paradise is over rated. Greatly appreciated mate.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Andrew  Bailey
    Andrew Baileyabout 4 years ago

    Deeply profound and philosophical, Cos. A wonderful piece of poetry sufficiently powerful to make the reader stop and think. Great stuff, mate. Faved.

  • Many thanks to you Andrew…..pleasure seeing you here. Your comment means a lot mate.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 4 years ago

    absolutely brilliant, profound, utterly insightful and also for me one of the most incredible written pieces on this site! congrats and bravo! big WOW!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

  • Hello Shar…..such a glowing comment….I am honoured. Thanks so much. xoxo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • G .
    G .about 4 years ago

    Awesome work.. loved every line..

  • Many thanks……I am delighted you enjoyed this. Greatly appreciate your visit.

    – Cosimo Piro

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