Today, as I was walking through the city,
I imagined that I looked up
And saw my ego, my separate self,
As a skyscraper in progress.
A grid of rigid girders protecting its structure,
Exposed pipes and tangled wires
All topped by a crazily swinging crane.
I laughed because the original plans
Are filed away in a cabinet somewhere,
But the intended function of this building
Is clear–to stand above the world,
To divide everything
Into what will reinforce its structure
And what will endanger it.
I saw that the building has no completion date
It will never be finished
It demands to keep building itself.
And yet, I could sense, in a still and quiet space,
Below all the noise and activity,
Something beyond blueprints and diagrams,
Not built, but planted.
Something hard to notice,
With all the clanging construction above,
But always waiting in the silence.
It does not exist to superimpose
But to receive and to grow.
I turn to the silence every day
And it grows more alive in me.
And when it is fully grown,
What will become of the skyscraper?
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