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Poem: “Purpose of time” by X.J. Kennedy

Poetry/picture interlude for a miserable winter day.


Cotoneaster’s last leaves and berries on my fence (12/4/08).

The Purpose of Time is to Prevent Everything from Happening at Once
by X.J. Kennedy, from The Lords of Misrule.

Suppose your life a folded telescope
Durationless, collapsed in just a flash
As from your mother’s womb you, bawling, drop
Into a nursing home. Suppose you crash
Your car, your marriage—toddler laying waste
A field of daisies, schoolkid, zit-faced teen
With lover zipping up your pants in haste
Hearing your parents’ tread downstairs—all one.

Einstein was right. That would be too intense.
You need a chance to preen, to give a dull
Recital before an indifferent audience
Equally slow in jeering you and clapping.
Time takes its time unraveling. But, still,
You’ll wonder when your life ends: Huh? What happened?

Purpose – aaaagggghhh!

I started this blog of P-words because so many words beginning with the letter P are Problems for me.

Procrastination, Perfectionism, Productivity, Potential.

Practice – as in establishing a regular writing practice (why I started this blog).

Publish – as in putting it out there (again, why I started this blog).

And the big one: PURPOSE.

What is my purpose? Why am I here? What is my special gift to the Planet this time around?

You’ve probably struggled with this question too – unless you are one of those maddening people who knew from the time you were eight years old that your purpose was to heal sick animals, or rescue people from burning buildings, or be the President that America has been waiting for – and you proceed steadily on that Path.

Many of us have been blessed and cursed with a wide variety of interests and talents, but none great enough to be the One True Thing our lives are all about. We charge down one path for awhile, then something more interesting pops up and we head off in another direction. That’s my life story.

Eckhart Tolle speaks extensively about purpose in his latest book, “A New Earth.” From pg. 258:

Our true and primary purpose cannot be found on the outer level. It does not concern what you do but what you are – that is to say, your state of consciousness… Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary….

Your inner purpose is to awaken…. Your outer purpose can change over time. It varies greatly from person to person. Finding and living in alignment with the inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose.

What he says in a hundred different ways is that our purpose is to become conscious, egoless, present in this moment – and this moment and now this moment – no matter whether you’re washing dishes, paying bills, lying sick in bed, grieving a loss. When you’re present to it, anything is possible. Outer purpose is more easily revealed and moved towards.

OK. At the risk of disappearing up my own asshole, I’m going to stop.

Let me know how you found your purpose – and what it is.