The Artist of
April 15, 2021

Because it is in the imagination

A Poem by Ross Kempner
I wrote this poem immediately upon waking up from a dream where I saw the most extraordinary eyes. I was compelled to write about my experience seeing these amazing eyes, and this poem spontaneously flew out right when I exited that dream. I think the poem captures the koan like nature of trying to grasp the fantasy-reality distinction, vibrating it, and conveying a particular worldview that I felt at the time I wrote this poem. The world view holds that perceived qualities, such as beauty in the case of my dream, but not limited to beauty, can not be so separate from the perceiver. My dream of the beautiful eyes echoed this, as I was so perplexed how I could ever dream up such stunning eyes. Learn more about The Mystery School.


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