"sleep cycle, i." by patrick sanders

(from what begun as, and in many ways continues to be, an extended reflection on deakin's 'sleep cycle.')

i.

A mantra is muscle memory, summoning
a synapse path drawing all else
to its coursing stream

&all else melts in its coursing stream
&all else melts in its coursing stream
&all else melts in its coursing stream, becoming
indiscernible, all else
transfers intensity
from the green earth flourishing aside, above,
into yellow rocks parting, painting
the clearwhite stream,

impeding flow, this vessel upon which
water flows must also erode, dissolve,
collapse into the nomadic geography of the stream
until now, as there is no earth, sky must also cease
out and around, no color but clearwhite
that no longer courses but flows, no longer water,

&this flow is all
&this flow is all
&this flow is all
& it extends to no end,
but the vision ascertains its totality;
to no place, from no place, it is its own geography

it no longer flows, but is, and is all,

made full by its lack of any thing   this
   is the soul-ground
   it is all, including you, without you.