Observatory

You could build an observatory
      with two staircases:
One set of steps leading up
      to a vantage of the stars,
One set of steps leading down
      to a vantage of the Self.

Visitors intent on seeing only the stars
      would never see the Self.
Visitors intent on seeing only the Self
      would never see the stars.
Visitors intent only on Seeing
Could not fail to see both in either.

At every step
      throughout your life
            you tread the observatory stair,
                  ever standing at its vantage.

If at every step
Your view is the same
Why build an observatory at all?
To be able to pretend that without its artifice,
      without your presence on its stair,
There is no Seeing
And that in full view of the Self and the stars,
You can live perceiving neither.


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