THE HYMN is the spiritual song of an anonymous author.
Written seven years after a traumatic near-death experience ignited a profound awakening, the spirited and iconoclastic verse is a declaration of that transformative inner journey and its unfathomable climax.
On publication, the author of this small talisman of a book, that gives its beholder wings veiled their identity, their hope being that the reader may discover within the words their own universal “soul song.”

THE HYMN
Song of the Soul

PART ONE

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PRELUDE

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I AM
_-The One.
___All this is me.
Fathom I mislaid
__this most precious jewel
____and forgot,
__my Soul is
____forever free——

When I think toward a time
_when I was not,
__-the mind melts.
When I move with the place
_that once contained me,
__-the body passes through.

My ears are all hearing,
__yet I hear silences sing in unison.
My vision is unobscured,
__still I see nothing.

Now lost in knowing,
__too wise for wisdom,
___-too holy to pray.
I realize I am again
__the no-thing.

That mad, merciless
__mystery.
And finally, at once,
__the nothing
____is utterly me.

So hold my hand,
__I shall take you nowhere.
Trace my steps,
__I shall lead you toward emptiness.
Listen to my words,
__I shall speak in silence.

I sing a freedom song.
__I walk a victory march.
I dance naked,
__and enter the void.

___-Follow me——

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VERSE I

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I am the heir to eternity,
__and no one shall ever know.
I am the conqueror of existence;
__I have no treasures to show.


I am the house,
__the builder of the house,
____the one who lives inside.
I am the temple,
__the pilgrim,
____the secret prayers he hides.

I need nothing;
__know nothing.

I am stillness,
__the perfect vision.
I am silence,
__the complete sound.
I am love,
__the zenith gesture.
I am forever,
__the burial ground.

Here and not here.
__There and not there.

My mythical ways
__are renowned.

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VERSE II

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I am timeless;
__the past dies in my bosom.
I am limitless,
__the future begets from my loins.


I am the womb of the mother,
__and the seed of the father.
The babe bursts forth
__screaming my name.

I am spring who devours winter’s
___________ ashes.
__I am summer who scorches life.
I summon the pallbearer, autumn,
__who buries the husband
___-beneath the tears
__of his dear,
____beloved wife.

Imagine,
__I ever tried to fill my days?
___——I am the day!
Remember,
__I once feared the night?
____——I made darkness.

I complete myself.

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VERSE III

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As prophets and devils
__waltz under constellations of past,
____I lie down,
__and I do not care.
I am divinely indifferent.
__The child of a royal family;
____spoiled
__——senseless.


I have no responsibility.
No man walks ahead of me,
__and no man chases my heels.
Charity and Piety
__slip to bed with Selfishness and
_____________ Greed.
I undress them
__and walk away
____—— I am free.

I have no respectability.
__I strip myself,
____tempt the crowds toward me.
__Bark! Like a mad dog at the wind.
When people rush to muzzle me;
__I run away,
____and spin,
____and spin
_____—— and spin.

I have no care,
__and I do not care.
I am free;
__I am free
____—— I am free.

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VERSE IV

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I wander where the wild winds
__of existence never blow.
I idle the dreadful deserts
____where only saints dare go.
I frequent that formidable place
____beyond the dreaded pines of
_______________mind.


And in those hidden haunts,
__I treasue myself.
____I entertain myself.
__I love myself,
____I hate myself,
__I slay myself,
____I ridicule myself.

I am nothing other than
__——my naked self.

Sexless,
__deathless,
____formless.
Desiring everything;
__wanting nothing.

I am God-smacked.

__I art in Heaven.

Let me be,
__let me be

____——let me be.

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VERSE V

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You who are thunder,
__sing my loud, unchanging
____________testament.
You who are lightning,
__strike my vivid, violent vision.
You who are rain,
__flood the world
____with my self-knowledge.


For I am virgin and libertine;
__madman and saint.
I am the law and the lawless one.
I am the shackled and the free.
I am the rock and the leaf.
I am the man of war;
__and she who brings peace.

I have neither disciples,
__house of worship,
___nor teaching.
I am not to be followed,
__venerated,
____or listened to.

I am the end of your world,
__and the beginning of time.
I am the end of time,
__and the beginning
____of your world.

Know the old yoke that bound me,
__lies burnt to the ground.
Born again,
__I am destined to live.

_____——unbound.

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VERSE VI

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I am rope joined at each end;
__I go round and round.
I give birth to my lean self,
__again and again.
You may drink from my cup,
__yet I already drank you.
You may seek my land,
__yet you are already here.


When war breaks out,
__I sever my hands.
When peace prevails,
__I feed my mouth.
Why should I care for the state of
__________ things,
__when all this
____is ever myself?

For I am immortal.
__Unchanging,
____forged within.
Taintless, formless
__——I am the enemy of death.

I copulate with oblivions.
__I swim with leviathans.
Even nothing
__shall not stop me.

So I abide forever,
__in the ancient present.
I wait,
__for all my eternities.

Then seek no initiation
__toward my mystery.
Steer clear of those who
__dare conceal me.
I am right here,
__right now.

Learn to lose yourself

__——you will find me.

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    PART TWO

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    VERSE VII

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    I am not the name forced upon me,
    __the body given to me,
    ____or the land that claims me.
    I am not my weaknesses.
    I am not the age, sex,
    __creed , or color
    ____that I landed in.


    I am not the tasks asked of me,
    __nor the gold paid to me.
    I am not a ballot vote.
    __I swear no sacred oath.
    I care not what the masses say.
    __I fear no final judgment day.
    These games are all yours,
    __and gladly
    ____I leave you to your shadow play.

    Welcoming everything.
    __Rejecting nothing.
    I let go of attachment;
    __I invite disaster.
    The neighbors throw on the locks
    __when they hear me coming.
    Then, at midnight,
    __I sneak into their houses
    ________________ nevertheless,
    ____and plant apple trees
    __while they sleep.

    When adults see me,
    __they cross the street.
    When children find me,
    __they chase my heels.
    When the storm rolls in,
    __the jungle curls at my feet
    ____for protection.

    Behold me——
    __Hold me——
    ____Holy me!
    __Holy! Holy! Holy!

    I am a miracle
    __before my very own eyes.
    I run my hands
    __over my ready, pink lips.
    I squeeze myself
    __into this bloody bone sack of skin.

    I lure my One-Mind

    __——back within.

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    VERSE VIII

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    I know of fear,
    __but his shadow no longer haunts
    ______________ me.
    I know of regret,
    __yet her memory lies behind me.
    I know of pain,
    __and these wounds shall not scar
    ____________ me.
    I know of loss,
    __still I have let my child go.
    All these things,
    __and many more I have,
    ____though they do not have me.


    I am bound to no heart.
    __I tend the feet of no idols.
    Being unborn,
    __I am exempt from old age.
    I do not lay plans
    __for times not come to pass.
    I do not dig up my wisdom
    __from the past.
    I am naturalness.
    __Superb——
    ____naturalness.

    Then, daring deeply,
    __you shall find me.
    Never looking within
    __you shall go without me.
    Forgetting me,
    __you shall lose yourself.
    Forgetting yourself,
    __you shall find me.

    Indeed
    __my soil works
    ____in extraordinary ways.

    I move as easy as the wind blows.
    __My dreams spiral out
    ____like the conch shells.

    My language is silence.
    __My land is right here.
    ____My time is forever.

    My lesson is
    __just this
    ____——Now.

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    VERSE IX

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    Like finding the snowflake
    __upon the mountain
    ____——I defy you.
    Like following a raindrop
    __through the ocean
    ____——I escape you.


    Know this is my home,
    __understand you never left.
    And though we shared the world
    __________ together,
    __And though we trod a life
    __________ __together;
    ____I do not miss you
    _-——I am you.

    I am the damned flight
    __of the mad moth,
    ____dancing halos around the flame.
    I am the moon call
    __of the lone wolf,
    ____strolling bloodied across the
    ______________ plains.
    I am the disease that gives to death;
    __the cold hand
    ____that receives the wilted corpse.

    The warm breath
    __that sends it back.

    I start the storms with my breath.
    __Flood the lands when I feel like it.
    In some places,
    __I set a fire.
    In others,
    __I knock coconuts from the tree
    ____into cool blue waters.

    Dare not try to fathom me;
    __insanity looks wise,
    ____next to
    __my ways.

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    VERSE X

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    I am the whore
    __and the one who frequents her
    ____________ bed.
    I am the bride
    __and the one she chooses to wed.
    I am the piles of gold kings hoard.
    __I am the rags that cover beggar’s
    ____________ loins.
    I am the gods who tell men how to
    __________ live.
    __I am the demons who destroy
    ____________ best-laid plans.
    I lead adulterers towards flesh,
    __by their deviant hands.


    I stride toward shadows.
    __Laugh in the darkness.
    Dance deathless
    __upon my own grave.
    And I live not between two certain
    __________ oblivions,
    __but outside of them.

    For the web of the world does not
    __________ deceive me.
    __The smoke of delusion will never
    ____________ blind me.
    When you feed me poison
    __——I lick the plate!

    You always thought I was up there,
    __down there,
    ____________ or over there.
    You always thought I was in here,
    __made there,
    ____or just unaware.

    Friend,
    __when did you forget
    ____you are
    __The One——
    ____you are looking for?

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    VERSE XI

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    I steal the last breath from the dying.
    __I pull the babe from the womb.
    I decide on the length of lives.
    __I am to blame for death,
    ____and to thank for life.


    I fall to the ground from my own
    ________ branch tips.
    Rear my head toward my own
    __________ feet.
    I grow up at my own side,
    __then steal the sun from myself
    ____and lend myself the shade.
    When I die,
    __I make a meal
    ____of my mind.

    I am the designer of destiny,
    __and destiny herself.
    I am the beginning,
    __the middle,
    ____the end.

    Small things are great to me.
    __Great things are small to me.
    The thousand tongues of the earth
    __speak the same language as me.
    All appearances are good to me.
    No word in the air
    __that I did not first utter,
    ____or allow to be.

    Truly,
    __my friend,
    ____all this is my name.

    Yet, like the evanescence of the sky,
    __the self-sublime,

    ____I can but explain——

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    VERSE XII

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    I beat your heart,
    __from morning through night.
    I shut your eyes,
    __pry them open again.
    Your blood spills from my cup.
    __Your mind beholds my vision.


    When the wind blows,
    __you inhale my breath.
    When the rain falls,
    __you taste my tears.
    When the sun shines,
    __you embrace my arms.
    When you fall asleep
    __——I watch over myself.

    Know in ignorance,
    __you claim to be a man.
    Matured by wisdom,
    __you will declare your illusion.
    Awakened by truth,
    __you shall realize
    ____my absolute conclusion——

    I am the supreme Self,
    __at the center of all selves.
    I am the supernal Soul,
    __among all souls.
    Unity and duality measure nothing
    __________ to me.
    __I am above distinctions;
    ____I belong here.

    My name is Insane;
    __my sole friend,
    ____my mad self.

    __——She is forever to blame.

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    VERSE XIII

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    When night falls in my country,
    __I perceive no darkness.
    When day breaks in my country,
    __I discern no difference.
    In my summer no heat rises;
    __in my winter no cold freezes.
    My tides do nut turn;
    __my mountains do not crumble.


    For I am
    __the one long day
    ____The-one-long-day!”
    And I never end.
    __And closer still,
    ____I never began.

    So when old brother fate rolls in,
    __I toss my gold in the air.
    Of where it lands,
    __and into whose hands,
    ____I am utterly free from care.

    Know in my pocket lies the book
    __that notes the end of all ages.
    Come close,
    __and I shall reveal to you
    ____the glorious
    ______——empty pages.

    My sonnet for life overwhelms.
    __There are no shores to my seas,
    ____nor ends to my realms.

    I see no evil,
    __hear no evil,
    ____speak no evil.
    I see no good,
    __hear no good,
    ____speak no good.

    I am like mad honey.
    __Sweet!
    ____And lethal

    __to all the senses——

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      PART THREE

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      VERSE XIV

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      I dance to mad tunes;
      __I am lord of the pleasure domes.
      I drink from candlelight to sunlight.
      I wear my life on my sleeve;
      __I hang my coat where I please.
      I am the liberal one,
      __who wears royal qualities.
      I am wild
      __beyond belief!


      Often joyous,
      __rarely sad.
      Sometimes kind,
      __always mad.
      Fascinated, disinterested,
      __and astray.
      Loyal, loving,
      __and sublimely ordinary.

      I orient by disorientation.
      __I disorient by orientation.
      I steal the stones from the vanishing
      __________path,
      __then cast them into the ocean.
      Yet, when the tides pull these things
      __________ away,
      __my inner smile never falters.
      And though I may welcome you to
      __walk straight over me

      ____——I am untouchable.

      I am the signature of all things.
      __I am the bronze axle
      ____upon which the cosmos spins.
      I am nothing forever,
      __and ever,
      ____and ever.

      I am beyond,
      __Beyond.

      Perfect,
      __formless,
      ____taintless

      __——wilderness.

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      VERSE XV

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      I am the actor,
      __the stage,
      ____and the audience.
      I am the playwright,
      __the lines,
      ____and the story.
      This is how my show works.
      __Knowing this,
      ____which part do you play?


      I am the masquerade party,
      __the ballroom,
      ____and the guests.
      I am the host,
      __the music,
      ____and the masks.
      This is how my show works.
      __Knowing this,
      ____how can you be invited?

      For I am the spectator,
      __and the spectated.
      I am the witness,
      __and the witnessed.
      When I am rich,
      __I play richness.
      When I am poor,
      __I play poverty.
      When I am drunk,
      __I play drunkenness.
      When I am passionate,
      __I play passionately.

      Then, as the reveler joins the parade,
      __I join the world and

      ____——sing surreal!

      Yet, with the animals in the dark,
      __I am honest.
      I lay my forehead
      __softly upon their own,
      ____and say nothing——

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      VERSE XVI

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      You who do not hold a view,
      __behold me.
      You who do not mention an opinion,
      __speak of me.
      Those who live unbiasedly,
      __embrace me.
      The large and small
      __measure up to me.


      You will not spot me in the crowd.
      __I will not raise my hand when
      ____________ called.
      When you ask for my real name,
      __I will utter whatever is suitable.

      Among the shadows,
      __I fail to hide my light.
      Under the light,
      __I never fail to show my shadows.
      Hopelessly honest,
      __I am a contradiction to all
      ____but myself.

      For I am unborn and unmade.
      __I am mystery and metamorphosis.
      I am the beautiful and beloved.
      __I am the outcast and despised.
      I blast misfortune,
      __emptiness,
      ____and despair
      __in my furnace
      ____——then toss them by the
      ________________ wayside.

      So let all judgements fall upon me.
      __My nature is not defiled
      ____by the words of the world,
      __and could not care less for them.

      Life and Death are good
      __——I like them.

      Yet they come nowhere close
      __to the rich-tasting splendor
      ____——of my truth.

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      VERSE XVII

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      The mountains
      __are my splendid young children.
      I allow them to play in my garden
      __a million, million years.
      With the caress of my palm,
      __I grind them to dust.
      With my breath,
      __I shall build them once again.
      In this way,
      __the confused call me the father.


      The sky
      __is my divine breast.
      The universe suckles the air from it,
      __as I hold its head.
      I look at my baby
      __before I whisper in its ear,
      ____One day, my darling, you shall
      ______________die

      Then, smiling,
      __I adjust myself,
      ____and feed it more life.
      In this way,
      __the confused call me the mother.

      Truly, though,
      __I have no son or daughter.
      I was born of no mother,
      __I was raised by no father.
      ____I have neither a brother
      ____________ nor a sister.
      I orphaned yours truly,
      __at the beginning of time.

      My family is

      __——Myself.

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      VERSE XVIII

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      When chaos reigns,
      __I run the streets with the knaves.
      When the storm blows in,
      __I swing open my hatches.
      When the sea floods my shore,
      __I gleefully grab my old gold cup.
      You can shoot me down in the street
      __——I will get up!


      My essence is theft-proof.
      __My walls are unscalable.
      On the shores of my great moat
      __lie a thousand torn shipwrecks.

      Death cannot catch me.
      __Diseases dare not enter me.
      ____Madness knows not to devour
      ______________ me.
      For I am free,
      __and always in good health.

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      VERSE XVIII

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      I hold a knife to Intellect’s throat.
      __Emotions watch my murderous
      ____________ step.
      They are my welcome guests,
      __and I enjoy their company.
      Whey they get drunk,
      __I cast them out.


      I do not suffer seriousness.
      __My mind is over intoxicated
      ____with supreme bliss.
      When a fool interferes with my
      __________ games,
      __I strike him with my stick.
      Then, cursing,
      __I throw my boot after him.

      Flawless is my footing.
      __Absent is my suffering.
      When the world turns upside down

      __——I admire the view.

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      VERSE XX

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      My country has no borders.
      __My kingdom rules without laws.
      There are no peasants outside my
      ________ gates,
      __and no treasure in my towers.
      I am equal; inside
      __——and out.


      I am naturally supernatural.
      __My heart combusts spontaneously.
      I am the Soul of all souls.
      __I am the Heart of all hearts.
      ____I am the Mind of all minds.
      __I am the Thought
      ____behind all thoughts.

      I am the author of worlds seen
      __and unseen.
      I hide universes from one another
      __by tucking them inside each other.
      Look to your left,
      __you may just catch one flicker.

      ____—— Who cares?

      In the one wild wilderness
      __I am the only living beast.
      And I need no faith
      __to run blind
      through my silver woods at
      _________night.

      For I am
      __in between
      ____all things.
      And all things are
      __in between me.
      Tell me, friend,
      __who can stop my tracks?

      This vision perfect.
      __This voice divine.
      When I wake up,
      __virgins enter my chamber,
      ____then pour me fine wine.

      Know, alone I sit,
      __and dream this life

      ____——to Life.

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        PART FOUR

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        VERSE XXI

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        To whom should I offer prayers,
        __or fetter my oblations?
        Which limb of mine
        __may claim providence over the
        __________ other?
        Dedications are vanity.
        __Salutations are insanity.
        Did I ever shut truth out
        __in the name of an altar?
        My old madness was never shy!


        When is the right time to worship
        _________me?
        __Dusk, night, or day?
        Which hour may I read holy books
        ____by candlelight?
        I am the prayer;
        __I wrote the books.
        My candle is the sun,
        __and I shall blow it out
        ____when the whim takes me.

        Tear down my images,
        __erase my name from your tongue.
        If you ever built a wall around me,
        __knock it to the ground.

        I am uncontainable,
        __uncontaminated,
        ____unpronounceable.

        So lay down your alms bowls,
        __throw away our
        ____little sacred spiritual things.
        Make love to me,
        __without your veil.
        In the morning,
        __I will still be here.

        I love you
        __——I made You.

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        VERSE XXII

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        I am the end of all beginnings
        __and the beginning of all ends.
        I am the hate of those who hate me.
        I am the love of those who love me.
        I am the doubt of those who
        __________ doubt me.
        I am the violence of those who
        _________ violate me.
        I am the splendor of those who
        ________ know me.
        I am the ignorance of those who
        __________have never heard of me.
        I am the teacher of comprehending.
        I am the fool who misunderstands.


        I am the sun,
        __the stars,
        ____the moon——

        I am the all
        __you can hold in your hands.

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        VERSE XXIII

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        I tilt my head,
        __watch all roads lead to me.
        I roll my cuffs,
        __let all rivers flow into me.


        Old Man North
        __extends his hand.
        Lady South
        __thanks me for her holy,
        ____holy land.
        East and West
        __each offer a desert rose.
        How I made this kingdom
        __is unimaginable to show.

        The blind arrive,
        __then leave with eyes.
        The seers arrive,
        __then leave blinded.
        Crazed is she
        __who dares climb aboard
        ____my crystal carriage.

        Risking it all
        __to leave
        ____mindless——

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        VERSE XXIV

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        When your senses stray,
        __you haul them in.
        When your thoughts run away,
        __you throw on the cuffs.
        Know I have none of these
        _________afflictions.

        When I close my eyes,
        __the world appears!
        When I open my eyes,
        __illusion disappears!

        For I do not know myself with
        _________myself.
        Nor do I understand or fathom my
        _________meaning.
        I am the middle of the universe.
        __Yet when I go there,
        ____I am missing?
        Still this makes perfect sense to me
        __——I am pure being!

        So I dress in fur gowns,
        __and wear gold crowns,
        ____then wander my home
        ____________ unbounded.

        When I feel like it,
        __I get so drunk
        ____I steal flowers from my own
        ______________ garden.

        Know in my old delusion
        __I found this world unfair,

        ____——now it is not even there.

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        VERSE XXV

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        I am disillusioned from this place.
        Nothing does not scare me.
        __Death blushes when he sees me.
        When I walk in the temple,
        __saints march out.
        When I bathe in unholy waters,
        __snakes jump out!


        I am incorruptible.
        __——I am not here.

        I was a proud porcelain pot till
        __Truth broke me.
        I was a delicate glass flute till
        __Reality played me.
        I was a careful earthen vase till
        __Existence dropped me.

        Death to the world
        __and her sorrows!
        I am the mind unfettered.
        I am the twice-born newborn.
        Lock me up,
        __throw away the key.

        A slave to the rythm
        ____——I shall always break free!

        Unreality
        __has nothing
        ____on me.

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        VERSE XXVI

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        Strange to you,
        __yet not a stranger.
        Familiar to you,
        __yet not an aquaintance.
        Unexpected to you,
        __but not unannounced.
        I arrive at your deepest invitation
        __——this is my house.


        As whales swim beneath the waves,
        __all is contained by me.
        As swallows soar through the sky,
        __all is held by me.
        Yet, try to speak to the whales of the
        _________sea,
        __or the swallows of the sky,
        ____and they shall know nothing of
        ______________ me.

        I am indivisible
        __and invisible——
        ____clear and plain as day.
        I am visible
        __and immutable——
        ____carefully hidden behind a
        __secret, secret.

        I am the eye that never shuts.
        __I watch illusion
        ____and reality
        __dance each night and day.

        I am this song that never ends.
        __And I sing my one long swan song,
        ____upon my ears,
        __never ceasing

        ____—— ever endlessly.

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        VERSE XXVII

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        When the world is not here
        __——I am.
        When illusion has gone
        __——I remain.
        When unreality wakes up to
        ________ congratulate me
        __——I run away.


        I am beyond the real
        __and the unreal.
        Behond the holy
        __and the unholy.
        Truth
        __and untruth.
        Here
        __and there.

        All the world is asleep to me,
        __yet I am the only one at rest.
        All the world is deaf and dumb to
        __________ me,
        __yet I am the only one who knows
        ___________silence.

        And I curse the words
        __of the blessed who find me.
        And condemn them
        __from the proud singing tree
        ____to the old silent cage.

        My truth silences me.
        __All words fail me.

        Even this honest song

        __——was a grand lie.

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          PART FIVE

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          VERSE XXVIII

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          Tell me, friend——
          __where did you seek
          ____to go in this world?
          And what did you dream
          __lay at the end
          ____of all these many roads?
          Did you truly believe
          __you would find it,
          ____and pick a rose from its secret
          ______________garden?


          Did you never suspect,
          __just once,
          ____the destination for which
          ______________you lived
          __did not exist?
          And those who cheat death
          __by one hundred years
          ____barely reach my first breath?

          So let go your rusted rail
          __and learn to love this storm.
          The body is the vessel
          __that stops you merging back into
          ____________me.
          The mind is the anchor
          __tethering you
          ____to the shores of this world.
          So pray furiously,
          __that a great wind my thrash your
          ____________sail,
          ____and wash you back
          __upon my shoreless shore.

          Then, understanding this,
          __on quiet days
          ____where the lovely sun shines
          __and the songbirds sing,
          ____you shall soon
          __grow jealous of

          ____—— the dead.

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          VERSE XXIX

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          The morning arrives,
          __the dew evaporates from the
          ____________leaves.
          ____Why complicate things?
          The night falls,
          __the moon waxes.
          ____Could life be any simpler?
          I take a long sleep,
          __the world begins.
          ____Why trouble over a storm in a
          ______________thimble?


          There are no trespassers in my fields
          __to tie down my heart.
          I carry no sword or shield.
          Like the little brook,
          __I skip swearless
          ____over the fallen oak
          __back toward my ocean.

          At dusk,
          __on fishing boats in the harbor,
          ____I lie around
          __and pour many selves wine.
          Then, at midnight,
          __I visit this world,
          ____and wander from room to
          ______________room.

          I watch fools fight
          __and the wise make love.
          In other places,
          __people pray I grant them
          ____what they already have.

          Smiling,
          __I throw on my splendid coat,
          ____and leave them all to it——

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          VERSE XXX

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          Be illuminated!
          __Watch the stars.
          ____——They know the truth.
          Be playful!
          __Watch the children.
          ____——They know the truth.
          Be simple!
          __Watch the trees.
          ____——They know the truth.
          Be still!
          __Watch the dead.
          ____——They know
          __the truth.


          Your world is the cart,
          __and I am the cart driver.
          Your body is the pot,
          __and I am the pot maker.
          Your blood is red wine,
          __and I am the winemaker.
          Your thoughts are gray clouds,
          __and I am the rainmaker.
          Your words are my breath,
          __and I am
          ____the breath——
          __taker.

          Your are the dream,
          __I am
          ____——the Dream Maker.

          OUTRO

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          When illusion and reality
          __are strange shapes
          ____that melt in your thoughts.

          When you are at once at the altar,
          __the pilgrim who circles it,
          ____and the prayer he offers.

          When your vision is immovable
          __and illuminable,
          ____yet completely blind
          __to all creation.

          When alpha devours omega,
          __infinity becomes finite,
          ____and eternity draws to
          __“The End.”

          When there is nothing left
          __that is holy,
          ____and nothing that is not.

          When there is no day
          __nor night to be spoken of,
          ____and time has been put away.

          When nightmares and dreamscapes
          __have woken up
          ____to their own extinction.

          When intelligence and emotion
          __and knowledge and wisdom
          ____have all understood the
          ______________completeness
          __of absolutely nothing.

          When selflessness is absurd,
          __charity shameless,
          ____and detachment insane.

          When you are no longer home,
          __heading there,
          ____or lost.

          When there is no more north
          __to guide you forward,
          ____or south
          __to ground your feet.

          When the seeker
          __becomes the sought,
          ____and the made
          __becomes the maker.

          When the door through which
          __you long sought to pass
          ____lies already closed behind.

          When “The Good Fight”,
          __“The Journey”,
          ____and “The Way”
          __all prove to be elaborate detours.

          When you have never be born,
          __let alone could possibly die.

          When your dwellings are free
          __from interior and exterior.

          When there is no bondage
          __to be free of
          ____and no freedom
          __to speak of.

          When you can no longer renounce,
          __or possess,
          ____a single atom.

          When you have devoured
          __your own tail,
          ____and found nothing left over.

          When beginnings,
          __middles,
          ____and ends
          __are one moment that never
          ____________ happened.

          When not a single good deed
          __has ever been done,
          ____nor a single sin
          __ever begun.

          When you are anchored
          __so deep beneath,
          ____there is no coming or going.

          When time has orphaned you,
          __and no past, present, or future
          ____exist to belong to.

          When your palms, the sky,
          __the birds, your lovers,
          ____the warm earth beneath your
          ____________feet
          __are not,
          ____and never were.

          And finally,
          __when you understand
          ____you shall never arrive,
          __and all honorable quests
          ____were made in vain.

          You shall ultimately see,
          __when you touch the sun
          ____——only I remain.

          Then,
          __like a queen wears her robe,
          ____you shall wear this all.

          Erotic to the bone,
          __now crowned
          ____The One
          __who has destroyed the world.

          Those that know you
          __shall name you
          ____“Sky-clad.”

          Then of what should I sing,
          __but this primordial uni-verse.

          My precious
          __song of the soul,

          ____THE HYMN——



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