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what can i hear?

July 29, 2011

And in the momentary pause,

as a wave, spent, gathers to retreat,

what do I hear?

Between the idea and the doubt,

the flow and ebb,

the clarity and inevitable questioning,

if I listen,

what’s there?

Is it silence?

Is water, waiting to be tugged back to sea, a silence?

Or are there deeper, other waves still gathering,


falling off?

In that moment

is it fulfilment that I hear

or unrealised potential?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2011 11:36 am

    The off beat?

  2. July 29, 2011 12:25 pm

    apnea..the moment of pause(?) between an exhalation and an inhalation

    • July 29, 2011 12:41 pm

      … and in that moment of pause, as you wait for the breath to sink away, are there older breathings, older held breaths that you might hear if you knew how to listen? What are the deeper tides?

  3. July 29, 2011 12:50 pm

    ….well I guess that they are all there including our first first crying breath in the most huge and dark depths?In that moment it is for me fulfilment and unreleased potential the same time.Is that possible?No.Yes.

    • July 29, 2011 2:30 pm

      I’m sure ‘yes’. Fulfilment and unreleased potential coexist as we pause and wonder how to go on, how to pull back. Perhaps they are even, in some ways, the same thing. Only in reaching some fulfilment does further potential reveal itself.
      What certainly seems true, in getting older, is that it is harder to hear the older breaths, the older dreams, the older doubts and fears that seem to make one prefer to pull back and retreat , like a tide going out, rather than pull back, gather strength and push forward, like a tide coming in.

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