Though he had gone for a walk, he had not successfully escaped into
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
for Perception exists
as basis for the essential Creaturehood facility
A drive toward differentiating
has two Resolutions,
and one true.
Imagining differentiatables when there are, in the real, none
achieves the false resolution
of the local thought-minimum
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
Seeing the actuality of this
goes before the imagined Separateness
that engenders the possibility of and need for
Before the establishment in mind
of the virtual gradient
between Now and Desired Now
That drives action
1David Newkirk, "He Had Not Successfully Escaped Into Summer Morning," March 29, 1980.
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