Dogs 2010

PARDON REVOKED
(1/8/10)


crawling
consistently
within the limits
of my cell
I see
at every wall
every corner
every crevice
my reflection
blocking
all perception
of escape

finally
I surrender
close my eyes
and imagine
a world
without
the constricting
semblance
of self

I feel
the fetters
falling
away

freedom
surrounds me
opening an expanse
of perceptual plain
to the circling
horizon

I smile

finally
the effort
to maintain
enlightenment
overcomes
my ability
to resist
residual awareness

I open
my eyes
to see again
the canyons
of ego
closing in
claustrophobically

smile slips
to grimace
as the lock
latches home