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Lexicon

Lexicon

by Carmen H Gray

“Do I dare 
Disturb the universe? 
In a minute there is time 
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” 
-T.S. Eliot

I asked him, “do you think it was love?”

“Yes”, he answered, with substantial confirmation

“Do you?” he asked

I paused

And I stretched that moment to span a thousand years

To scan my rolodex of lexicon:

Love, Amor, Eros flashed their pretty letters my way

Sometimes language puts a burden on a thing

Rather than defining

It constricts

Confining

This or that

Or his or hers

Or us or them

And I saw so many faces and places

Where I had strangely traveled

That could not and would not be filed

Time came to a standstill at last

“Yes”

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Expansion

"There are three conditions which often look alike
Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow:
Attachment to self and to things and to persons, detachment
From self and from things and from persons; and, growing between them, 
indifference
Which resembles the others as death resembles life,
Being between two lives—unflowering, between
The live and the dead nettle.
 This is the use of memory:
For liberation—not less of love but expanding
Of love beyond desire, and so liberation
From the future as well as the past."-T.S. Eliot

Expansion
by Carmen H Gray

Things and people and all of the tangible world
Faces, bodies, experiences that have unfurled
And have sculpted what we think we know 
And who we think we are
From birth until the last light of the dying star
The narrative of our lives
Becomes the sum, the whole of us
The guiding dictate, the ruling compass
Until we break free