There are so many freaking elephants in the room
Almost everywhere I go these challenging, challenging, intense daze
it’s making me just about
lose my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you ask me (I know you didn’t, but I’m going to charge ahead & tell you anyway)
there are so many freaking elephants
my feet can barely find a bare spot to stand on!
(it’s elephant flesh, all over the damn ground & floor!)
You say you have no idea what I’m talking about?
You’re either very-very naïve & uninformed
or you’ve led
a very uncomplicated life.
Lucky (or oblivious) you!
(Obliviousness I now crave for myself, you see, but it’s decades & decades too late for that, for me, alas)
Maybe you’ve just shut so many doors & windows
To Truth & Reality
(I am acquainted with quite a few people who have done so; I find myself both annoyed with them
& secretly envious…)
& you live so far up your own…
(well, I want to say something very rude here
I’ll just say)
your pretty little tush
that the light of Unvarnished Reality
has not been perhaps too very much present
in your life
A rose-coloured glasses life, perhaps
Now, me, as for me
I wish we could maybe start shooing
some of these elephants
out of the room
... ever-so-gently, ever-so-very-gently
(dynamite, though tempting, is liable to set off unpredictable consequences
though believe me
dynamite DOES on occasion spring to mind)
& only if we think we can do this without undue harm
(Some of these elephants have been in residence for
A. Very. Long. Time
& after all
we are apparently very very fond of all these elephants
one can only assume
We did invite them in, or well, at least
allow them in.
We gave them houseroom
We fed them, we permitted them to
Remain In Residence
(decades & decades & centuries & centuries, in some cases)
So perhaps we must be somewhat gentle
In our shooing…
Though some of us wish
(or maybe it is only I who wishes it)
We could get all these damn elephants
The hell OUT
Now now now now now.
(some of us are terribly-terribly impatient, you see.
For we have been choking on all this elephant …
for so very very VERY long now.
It has made us almost frantic, do you see?)
** Quotes that spring to mind:
“If a thing is never spoken between people who know each other well, and each knows the thing well, maybe it’s not a secret. …. It’s a powerful thing, that ability to tell the truth when the truth is upon you, but it has another power entirely when you don’t tell it.” – Stephen Jenkinson in Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith
“Telling the truth is like making oxygen.” – Joanna Macy (at a talk she gave in Toronto in June 2009)
& lots of other really good ones about truth!