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HERE ON THE PIER ~ 04.30.24

Updated: May 8




Like a docked ship surrounded by quays and the walls of warehouses, we rest on the pier and gaze toward the horizon with the appearance of a prisoner meditating upon freedom in the sadness of a free spirit put under restraint. From the harbors we hear the strains of accordions and the murky soapy noises of water slapping the docks to wake us up as the rivers pass by to join the earths lakes, seas and oceans.

"It is said that before entering the sea, a river is shaking with fear. She looks back at the way that she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, past the long winding road that crosses through forests and villages, and sees in front of her an ocean so vast that it seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way. The River can't go back. No one can go back. Going back is impossible in existence. The river needs to take the risk of passing the pier to enter the ocean.

As it is in life, it's only by entering the ocean that fear will disappear, and only then that the river will know it's not about disappearing into the ocean, but about becoming the ocean.

(Joseph Conrad, Federico Garcia Lorca, Osho & Khalil Gibran adapted) Like a docked ship surrounded by quays and the walls of warehouses, we rest on the pier and gaze toward the horizon with the appearance of a prisoner meditating upon freedom in the sadness of a free spirit put under restraint. From the harbors we hear the strains of accordions and the murky soapy noises of water slapping the docks to wake us up as the rivers pass by to join the earths lakes, seas and oceans.

"It is said that before entering the sea, a river is shaking with fear. She looks back at the way that she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, past the long winding road that crosses through forests and villages, and sees in front of her an ocean so vast that it seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way. The River can't go back. No one can go back. Going back is impossible in existence. The river needs to take the risk of passing the pier to enter the ocean.

As it is in life, it's only by entering the ocean that fear will disappear, and only then that the river will know it's not about disappearing into the ocean, but about becoming the ocean.

(Joseph Conrad, Federico Garcia Lorca, Osho & Khalil Gibran adapted)

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