KOAN - why thanks?
‘Why is there something not nothing?’
A philosophical boneshaker
but where does it take us?
True, one has to start
somewhere - just not from here.
There’s an elsewhere prior to questions
and we’ve mostly been there,
felt that astonished thanks.
As dreams become wordless on the edge
of leaving, the edge folds back on itself
and the dream knows
what the dreamer does not
that, pressed on from all sides
motionless and rapt,
we are never not not there,
never not there.
The poem aims to combine a conundrum of Leibniz, some Zen Buddhism and my sense of the mysterious wisdom of the unconscious. There is a philosophical point - the individual mind is finite, it cannot experience infinity or nothing. Mathematicians, of course, use the concepts of zero and infinity with aplomb, and mystics have long had intimations of nirvana and/or eternity.