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This Little So Late

so much of this site now
understood as a writing project
the sole point of which
was to slough off
in words
what never needed saying
in the first place

one draft after another
in order to learn that reality
is not an experience –
it cannot be grasped
or released
or witnessed
or named
or anything made
or imagined
or offered
or given
or received

even this little
so late
is too much –

like licking from my fingers
the ashes of a map,
dreaming I taste
the territory

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  • Cheryl December 15, 2014, 11:21 am

    Dear Sean,

    For me your writing — in all of its combinations and permutations — offers another path toward oneness.

    There are authors I enjoy reading because it feels as though they have walked inside my head and carried away my thoughts. Your writing about the course and your sentences, paragraphs and poetry — so articulate yet lovely and artistic — does that, only you also traverse the landscape of this heart.

    So, it isn’t about you at all, Sean…it’s all about me. Just kidding! 🙂

    It’s about all of us, together … and that’s beyond cool.

    Have a good Monday!


    P.S. Almond Rocha cookies in the oven as I write; and Jameson the puppy — we suspect he might be part American dingo — curled up asleep on the couch. He goes back to Texas in January ….. I’m going to miss our walks.

    • Sean Reagan December 16, 2014, 8:42 am

      Thanks, Cheryl . . . those cookies sound great . . . do you just do desserts and the like? I don’t think I’ve ever heard you talk about other kinds of food. I’m thinking of roasting a goose for Christmas, to the shock of my kids . . .

      Dogs are amazing. I was talking to someone about this recently, dogs as companions but companion in the servant sense . . . In a holy sense almost . . . Oftne when I think of forgiveness I think of dogs, whose capacity to forget – to see us not as we behave but as we are – is remarkable . . . But then I am prone to melodrama with dogs, so . . .

      I have always loved the bumper sticker: be the person your dog thinks you are . . .

      Have a great day!

      ~ Sean

      • Cheryl December 16, 2014, 9:38 am

        David is the cook in the family, but I have my more savory specialties: chicken and dumplings, pizza, biscuits … note the common theme. A couple of Christmases ago, in the early stages of this gluten-free adventure, I made chicken and dumplings per David’s request. I made a separate pot with quinoa dumplings. To make a long story short, I left the pot simmering on the stove, and the dumplings just disappeared into the broth….the lessons we learn. 🙂

        And, in case I don’t have another opportunity …. happy holidays to you and your family. I bet the goose will be great.

        We’re all spending Christmas in Pennsylvania for the first time in close to 20 years….Having snow dreams (but trying to let go of other expectations. 🙂 )


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