“Meaning” by Stephen John Kalinich

 

 

I AM  STILLNESS
THAT LIVES
THROUGH EVERYTHING.
ALL EXISTS FOR ME.
THAT IS THE MEANING.
THE DESTINY.
THE PURPOSE
OF THE PAIN
OF EVERY WOUND AND HURT.
I AM THAT WOUNDED CHILD
ON THE STREET.
I AM  THE HUNGRY REFUGEE.
I DIED ON SEPTEMBER 11th.
I WHO AM ALIVE NOW
FIND THE DEAD WITHIN MYSELF.
ALL THE HEARTS
THAT HAVE STOPPED BEATING.
THEIR PULSE
IS NOT ONLY  HEARABLE
AND FEELABLE
BUT IT WAS NOT TAKEN AWAY
BUT ONLY UNABLE
TO RECOGNIZE
ITS ASSEMBLAGE.
ITS EVAPORATION
INTO THE ELEMENTS-
THE BUILDING BLOCKS
OF WHAT IS CALLED CREATION
WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY
REARRANGEMENT OF WHAT IS.
MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE.
WHAT IS NOT
INTO WHAT IS
THAT BECOMES
WHAT IS NOT
AND NOT KNOW
IT IS SOMETHING
OR A VOID.
I MOURN THE LOSS
I REDEDICATE
TO THE CONVICTION.
GOOD WILL RISE AGAIN
LIFE WILL NOT BE ANNIHILATED.
THESE VOICES THAT CRY
FROM BUILDINGS
ARE ALL CRYING OUT
TO ME.
I AM TOO WRAPPED UP
IN THE BELIEF
I AM GOING SOMEWHERE.
THAT I AM DOING SOMETHING.
THAT I HAVE
A DESTINATION
OR A GOAL.
WHEN I SHOULD JUST STOP COLD-
DEAD IN MY OWN FOOTPRINTS.
WHERE AM I ANYWAY?
I STAND IN TRUTH.
ALL MOVEMENT IS DECEPTION.
A BLANKET
STUFFED OVER
AN EMPTINESS.
THERE IS NOTHING
BEYOND
WHAT I SEE-
BEYOND WHAT IS HERE.
I HAVE TO SEE IT
CORRECTLY.
THIS NOW
IS WHAT I MUST EXPERIENCE.
IT IS ITS OWN MEANING.
THIS IS WHAT IS GRASPABLE.
ALL ELSE IS FUTILE.
THE WOUNDS OF CHANGE
RUSTLE THE AMBIGUITIES
REFRESH OLD WOUNDS
MAKE THEM RIPE
FOR HEALING.
THERE IS NO CRESCENDO
NO DENOUEMENT.
IT IS ALL NOW.
I CANNOT DELAY LIFE ANY LONGER
IT IS NOW
THAT THE WORLD
MUST BECOME
AND BE ALIVE.

Stephen John Kalinich

Photo by L. K. Thayer

© 2011

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2 comments

  1. lkthayer · February 12, 2011

    Thank you Stevie for this precious jewel from your crown…Love you, Lisa

  2. Susan Hayden · February 12, 2011

    I love Stevie and his words always heal me at the right time..

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