Holy Land

“The Holy Land is everywhere”  —Black Elk


moving to one side
out of traffic, off the shoulder
into the weeds, listening
it occurred to me that nothing
is tangential, life happens here
regardless—
……………………. not unscathed
by the mechanical operations of man,
just essentially unmoved
……………………. 
not unscathed
by the myopic visions of man,
but essentially unaware
……………………. 
not unscathed
by the moneyed obsessions of man,
but essentially disinterested
……………………. 
yet
all essential to the planet of man

in just being of the moment
like secret cogs and wheels:
the unsung, unseen necessities of
breath and beauty
……………………. 
not at all unscathed
by the wanton 
recklessness of man
.

Jim Culleny
7/14/16

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