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I Have Achieved Nirvana

Updated on October 23, 2012

If enlightenment comes from being a wretch
Then I have achieved nirvana
If Nirvana comes from darkness
Then I have seen the light
If seeing the light is feeling pain
Then I am blinded
If courage is embracing your fears
Then I am a coward
If consciousness comes from reality
Then I am wide awake
For reality has arrived at my door
It knocks with every intention of entering
All I can do is open the door
Or run away into the recesses of my mind
Where fear and cowardice hide
But I must open the door
The time has come
For the rest of my days I may know nothing of relief
And though one may find comfort under a roof
A grieving mind collects only rain

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hello my dear Nellieanna... I write so much it's probably hard to keep up with me so it's interesting to see what catches your eye... maybe you thought I was on to something! Ha.... Neil Young once sang, "One day it all gets real" and things are real with the declining health of my father. Another way of putting it is that pain is the only thing that is real but I know love is real too... both are powerful and strong emotions and in sorrow or in love there is a dignity and constant state of inspiration of sorts that makes your nerve endings raw and alive. So I'm not in despair. Just kind of sad but acutely aware of my feelings.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      A great poem, Mark. If I may, I'd reassure you that opening doors to whatever lurks on the other side & facing it has a more positive results than 'knowing nothing of relief' suggests. 'Finding comfort' is likely to recede as a desirable and playing in the rain may advance as one!