No one on the edge of night

//No one on the edge of night

No one on the edge of night

A newcomer fidgets during sitting practice. I remind myself to give her some instruction: It’s essential to have a base on which to deconstruct.

Message from an editor who declines to publish one of my new poems, a piece full of darkness and descent. She liked my previous work, full of luminous, inventive word play, she says.
I understand her decision. The latest pieces are bare and immense with the simplicity of night, cutting down to the wire.
The previous pieces dazzle with the universe present everywhere, while the recent ones lead to no way out.
Of course there is not one without the other. And they are not, of course, two.

Last week, the young apple tree was in bloom. This evening the pink blossoms are gone. The cat rolls in the dirt under a canopy of ferns. Something of the coming darkness is at once ungraspable and all-consuming: Here I am, no one on the edge of night.

By | 2015-10-02T14:22:44+01:00 avril 22nd, 2009|Textes|4 Comments

About the Author:

Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. Ting 24 avril 2009 at 6 h 44 min - Reply

    non-abiding, not even in happiness and joy, is happiness and joy.

  2. Lil 24 avril 2009 at 6 h 30 min - Reply

    fully present

  3. Tu es cela 23 avril 2009 at 14 h 12 min - Reply

    What is "happy"?

  4. Lil 22 avril 2009 at 23 h 04 min - Reply

    and minute by minute the night is gone and gives space for the day

    Sensei: how to be happy in each moment of my life?

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