He Who Had Not Successfully Escaped Into Summer Morning

Though he had gone for a walk, he had not successfully escaped into
      summer morning.

He had again known and exulted in that expansive flattening of time and being
      brought on by sun and the scent of timothy,
            by sudden twists in trails, the ringing buzz of meadow crickets,
                  and unexpected redwings.

But he had not successfully escaped into summer morning.
He had not lunged free of the idea of a walk,
      the promise of a walk, the memory of past walks and his
            involuntary and helpless comparison of this morning's
                  walk with those past. He could neither forget nor fail to anticipate.

He had failed to suffuse himself into the Day;
He had failed to extinguish his consciousness of the Whole while remaining
      a conscious unit of the Whole;
He had not successfully escaped into summer morning.
1

Creatures winnow Perception
      toward Differentiation
            for Perception exists
                  as basis for the essential Creaturehood facility
Of Navigation.

A drive toward differentiating
      the Indivisible
            has two Resolutions,
                  one false
                        and one true.

Imagining differentiatables when there are, in the real, none
      achieves the false resolution
            of the local thought-minimum
Of Fantasy.

True Resolution comes
      to he who had not successfully escaped
            into summer morning
                  with the negation of Resolution itself—
                        with the realization
That he is summer morning
That there is no elsewhere
That there is no to or from
What Is.

Seeing the actuality of this
      goes before the imagined Separateness
            that engenders the possibility of and need for
                  Escape—
Before the establishment in mind
      of the virtual gradient
            between Now and Desired Now
That drives action
Toward Resolution.


  1David Newkirk, "He Had Not Successfully Escaped Into Summer Morning," March 29, 1980.
Copyright © 1980, 2004, 2006 by David Newkirk (david.newkirk@gmail.com). All rights reserved.
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