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G6 THE CLOSET DOOR

By: Gavin Harrison

Come-
stand beside me

Let us lean into
this closet door
together.

Enter my story
and
I will join yours
and
perhaps
the weight
of all that has been,
(for both of us)
will budge
these bloody hinges-
once and for all.

I want out!

You want out!

We are in this together

Let’s not wait a moment longer,
for the drama
of me
and
that of you,
gets weightier
all the time.

This closet air is fetid
with
forgetfulness
and
the trance of sleepwalking.

Hear? the howling discontent
around us—-
—–our joined
disaffection
with these
carefully choreographed
lives of
contraction
and
control.

Allow this longing,
yours
mine
both,
to lean into this door
with the gravity
of
interwoven resolve-
our hearts
hell-bent
on breaking free , together ……..

We’ve been inside this damn closet
way too long,
don’t you think?

Oh….. my….. God!

Did you feel
the hinges move
and
the door
open
just a little?

Quick:
take my hand,
let us fall to our knees
across
this sacred threshold
and keep the
portal
ajar
before it closes again.

Shut your eyes
bow your head-
for the light
of Our Beloved
can be blinding
within
this darkness

Witness
around us
the
disintegration
of our dreaming:
yours,
mine,
both
as we step
out of a closet
that has imprisoned
us
longer than
memory.

For look:

The story of me
is toast!
——-You too!

My God!
We are butt naked
before
Our Beloved-
and She is
grinning
with relief
at us
as us
with us
in welcome.

Done is what had to be done
my friend!

We are
Home!
Home!
Home!

For we ARE the
nothingness
within which the
music plays-
And we know it!

How cool is that?

We are the silence within which
the glory of creation
has her way!

It doesn’t get any better than this!

We are the stillness within which all movement
dances!

We are all that we yearned for
and so much more

Knocks one’s socks off,
doesn’t it?

Whatever
else could we do
but
forever
dance

Amen.

By:

Gavin lives in North Kohala, on the Big Island. He is a poet, spiritual teacher, musician and artist, author of “In the Lap of the Buddha” (Shambala, Boston) and a recipient of the “Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award” presented to him by H. H. the Dalai Lama for “Kindness and Quiet Dedication to Others.”
Gavin is actively devoted to serving AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa.

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