The Eye of the Needle [Poetry]

March 7, 2018

WHEN YOU’RE SICK,

I MEAN REALLY SICK

NOT JUST A COLD

BUT SICK WITH THE SICKNESS

WE ALL HAVE,

WHICH CREEPS UP ON US

SLOWLY

UNTIL WE HAVE TO FACE IT…

WHEN YOU’RE SICK WITH THAT,

ALL THE SOUL WORK YOU’VE DONE,

ALL THE BOOKS YOU’VE READ,

ALL THE DOCTORS AND THERAPISTS YOU’VE SEEN,

ALL THE LIFE EXPERIENCE

YOU HAVE…

IT ALL HELPS,

BUT NONE OF IT IS ENOUGH

WHEN IT COMES TO IT

YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE

EYE

OF THE NEEDLE

A collage of a white person's face centering on their eyeball.

“I can see clearly now” by Susan Lerner

A JOURNEY NO ONE ELSE ON EARTH HAS TAKEN

A JOURNEY FOR WHICH YOU’RE NOT PREPARED

FOR WHICH NO ONE CAN PREPARE YOU

A JOURNEY NO ONE ELSE COULD UNDERSTAND OR BELIEVE,

NO ONE ELSE COULD REALIZE

ONLY YOU

THAT IS THE PLACE YOU HAVE TO GO

THAT IS THE PLACE WE ALL HAVE TO GO

SOMEWHERE IN THE CORNER OF YOUR MIND

THERE IS A FAINT RED THREAD,

IN A PLACE YOU NEVER LOOK…

INVISIBLE TO YOUR ACCUSTOMED SENSES.

ALMOST UNCONSCIOUSLY

AND WITHOUT FULLY KNOWING WHY,

YOU MUST PICK IT UP,

FOLLOW IT TO A STRING, A ROPE, A CABLE,

A WHOLE NEW NEURAL NETWORK…

IN THAT NETWORK THERE IS A TONE,

ALMOST INAUDIBLE

ALMOST UNCONSCIOUS

YOU MUST PIECE IT TOGETHER INTO A NEW SONG

TRYING TO BE HEARD

UNDER THE OLD SONG YOU’VE PLAYED

SO MANY TIMES BEFORE,

AND WANT TO KEEP PLAYING,

THERE IS A NEW TONE.

RESOUNDING

DROWNING

RESOUNDING

DROWNING

RESOUNDING…

ULYSSES HAD NO GREATER CHALLENGES THAN THESE:

GO THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE.

FOLLOW THE INVISIBLE RED THREAD.

FIND AND RESOUND THE NEW SONG.

THEY ARE ALL WAITING IN YOU.


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