When the thing you wanted becomes the thing
you don’t want, and the thing you didn’t want

becomes the thing you want, you begin to see
problems do not live in things, but in wanting

and not wanting.  If you could throw away
your jewelry, let down your long hair, burn

your clothes (you’ve seen blue jeans burn red)
and sit unadorned in your own invisible colors,

all things could dance through you without a snag.
You would almost smile, but not quite, and the mouths

of the earth would pray to you for insight. You
would grant nothing and everything. The two

are the same in the way wanting and not
wanting are the same.  It is best to simply offer

your utter nakedness to those who
wear the clothes you left behind.


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