What Remains

attention is the action of pure being
forever seeking its own reflection
in that which is external:
chickadees,
hills at dawn,
the idea of God
as a loving director

yet mirrors only function
in the presence of light –
they do not bring
the light themselves

the one who remembers this
gives attention only
to being itself,
patiently setting aside
both attraction and distraction
regardless of form
regardless of intensity

seeking is only possible
within
and as response
to what already always is

attention is simply awareness
becoming briefly aware
of itself

thus, what passes, passes,
and what remains,
remains –

what remains?

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