Saturday, April 9, 2011

absent as "you"


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Whenever you are absent as "you,"
You are present as I.
So you may say "My absence as 'me' is My presence as I."

Of course I am always present as I,
but when I appear to be present as "you" (or as "me")
I seem to be absent,
i.e. My presence appears to be an absence.

Also you may say "My absence as 'that' (which can be known)
is My presence as THIS" 
(about which there cannot be anything to know).

If one were to think it,
apperceive it, 
understand it, even occasionally?...


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~ Wei Wu Wei
from Posthumous Pieces

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