Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sidewalk Meditation

I walk on these sidewalks
And I feel the sky evaporate beneath my feet
I detach from these feelings of falling into nothingness
While I am feeling myself falling

I walk across the sky
As I feel the boundaries of non-attachment
I detach from these feelings of non-attachment
Like a bird who is free from the limitations of feathers

I soar across the Universe
While I feel myself being released from time and space
I detach from these feelings about this Universe as home
Like a hobo whose only home is being on the road

I write poems about people's need for sidewalks
Like Han Shan's jokes about wasp's wings
Freedom is like a childhood rhyme about sidewalks
Step on a crack and break your back but don't fall through

I fell through a crack in the sidewalk
And almost broke my back
The pain of enduring the journey on a common thoroughfare
Never exceeded the bliss of knowingness in spite of feelings

I walk on these sidewalks
And over on the grass where dandelions grow
The illusion of freedom is not a feeling
But I feel it anyway


Oliver Loveday © September 9, 2014

“Astral Sidewalk”
Pencil, conté crayon, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor and ink
12 x 9 inches | 30.5 x 22.9 cm | 50 lb acid free Canson
November 8, 2013

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