~ NOW, I HOPE
- In this universe of mirrors and metaphors,
I reflect and parallel all realities.
All realities are in each mind,
The infinite process
Is made finite
In each thing,
A cross section of eternity.
The end of all evolution is dissolution.
This is not absurd, I tell myself.
It would be absurd if the end of evolution
Was the perfect state.
It would be absurd if evolution
Had any other end but dissolution.
Evolution is therefore meaningless
If it is evolution towards.
It is now or nothing.
A better state, a better design,
A better self, a better world.
I tell myself.
The whole is not a chain,
But a spinning top.
The top spins,
But stays in one place.
One can point to a link
In the chain or a point
On the road and say
'That is the best place to be';
But a top is always in the same place.
The weight of the top
Must be distributed evenly
About its central axis,
Or the top will tilt and wobble.
All those tendencies to think and
Persuade away from the present life,
From the now;
Those attempts to make us
Put the great weight and energy
Of our belief and hopes
In some other world
Are erratic movements of weights
Inside the top.
I disperse my powers centrifugally,
While remaining centripetal.
The real meaning of life
Is close around the axis
Of each now.
Now I go.
Now, I hope.