look past the shine
the surface spit
it is as revealing
as a sheer skirt
with fine nothingness
and ripples of faux depth
fleeing you could say
against a fixed foe
it is not found in the forest
beneath the ancient green layers
it’s not swaying in the ocean
like a million tiny jelly-fish
it’s not soaring through a red sky
at sunset on a black sanded beach
its calling to you relentlessly
like the birds when they first wake up
its waiting for you to ask one question
like a concerned owl for your lost soul
it’s adoring you from the distance
of an eastern star to a western bound meteor
yet you turn away towards meaningless ideas
like a colony of ants forging across the sea
yet you learn all about your physical self
like a cat lying in the sun licking his fur
yet after 4000 years your awareness of Truth
equals the amount a monkey sees in a mirror
Gospel of Thomas, Nag Hammadi Library
(3) Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you.
If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you.
Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.
When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father.
But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”