Out of order

//Out of order

Out of order

Flip through the morning newspaper. Among the headlines and blurbs and briefs and spreads of type, little catches my attention for more than a minute or so. They say journalism is a rough draft of history.
I take in the information – jihads, creditors, deficits, bans, inquiries, rulings, findings, pronouncements, victories, defeats – and turn the page.
An ad proclaims, « History always leaves a trace. » Huh? Another one says, under the name of a leading fashion house, « Forever now. »
The radio warns of an impending storm throughout France and announces that a new earthquake has struck, off the coast of Chile. Big waves are expected across the Pacific. I realize it’s summer in Chile.
Words move into words, images into images, events into events. I make tea, have a lunch of tarama and hummus at the Bistrot du Marché, send my son off on a ski trip, brush my teeth, donate cat food to a neighbor who has a new cat, shower, sleep, walk, talk, think, pee. Not in that order.
I’ll head out soon for the evening paper and a bottle of wine.
But first, looking for something else, I come upon a passage from an unknown source in a folder of my random papers out of order:
« Many people are afraid to empty their minds lest they may plunge into the void. They do not know that their own mind IS the void. »

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:19+01:00 février 27th, 2010|Textes|3 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. hj 1 mars 2010 at 17 h 25 min - Reply

    not knowing…

  2. Tu es cela 1 mars 2010 at 14 h 18 min - Reply

    Such it is, and clear, bright as ever.

  3. Ting 28 février 2010 at 19 h 55 min - Reply

    The unknown source is right, Sensei.

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