The A.R.E.


February 20 by The Running Son

The A.R.E.


the A R E indicative of my present plurality,
that I cannot just be, not like I was anyway

Self-abuse begins again and I don’t know
what else to do
except sleep

I am here to tell you
it is possible to sit
bolt upright from a waking nightmare,

answering the naturally emerging question
‘what just happened’ leads to questions
about sanity and my new waking state
of consciousness, as if I could care

for my cats or care for me through the star coiled
night dilations, a webbing over periods
anointed by shame, crowned the universal
membrane around everything
a sunburst,
the afterbirth,
a glistening god
and the all-eye open plain

Where to begin, no origin
Melchizedek, no seed or kin

Consider Adam conditioned
for the fall by godwalks; these walks inspired fiber
and a curious spirit, my mother a hoarder,

and I grew up
scuttering the small trails
alone where I learned to store away
and forget even the walks




by Jim Aldrich

©2013 JimAldrich

All Poetry by RunningSon, aka Jim Aldrich

.namaste.   -• ö.tH(ink)Mÿstiç •-   .namaste.

3 thoughts on “The A.R.E.

  1. Too much too soon – it is only alas by slow and tortuous measures that we can gain understanding of the verities – or, we will be flooded by impressions that go beyond our grasp – so, let us be patient in imbibing TRUTH – else we shall be confounded and go astray – YES Authentic and Alternative Religious Experiences are similar to Relativity against Newtonian certainties, and Quantum against Relativist prepositions – if TRUTH were so simple to comprehend would we not all be masters – but let us not be so arrogant to arrogate our understandings – patience man – strive harder to reconcile your mental insufficiencies to arrive at a greater synthesis of understanding beyond ‘a.r.e.’ , i.e. Alternative Religious Experience to a greater comprehension of A.R,E.or Authentic Religious Experience which is the summum bonum of all religious experience which alone can be the TRUTH – so wait ponder and reconcile in a synthesis that helps in arriving at the TRUTH


  2. as we delve deeper into ARE both authentic and alternate, comes a time when we just wish not to know any more of this Quantum relativity – magic was bad enough, miracles worse – now the gross has become an illusion and the subtle real – is this truth a nightmare from my limited understanding or the enlightenment turning me inside out – sometimes one only wishes to take a cell at a time and remain ignorant (avidya) unto oneself – i read the spirit and anguish of your poignant poem Jim


    • I read an account yesterday where the ARE was described as archetypes erupting too quickly into consciousness, too much for the vessel. the writer drew from Groff and Cambell, it made sense to me.

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