enlightenment sits next to an empty milk carton
on an orange lunch tray in a grade school cafeteria.
It's lying in the grass in a ditch beside a rusting hubcab.
It's on the button holding closed the left cuff of a somewhat
important man's shirt.
Enlightenment can be found next to the elevator
fourth level of the airport parking garage.
You can ask your dog for it, but he may not give
it to you.
Look for it next to the pen in the pocket
of the checkout girl's red vest,
but only on Wednesdays.
Enlightenment is in the truck, behind the jack.
You can hear it in the squeak of a hinge at the local library.
It's in the breeze blowing unheard through an unseen tree.
It's in the space after the exhale and before the inhale.
You can find enlightenment in church,
in that scratch on the back of the pew in front of you.
You can find it in the desert,
just before the wind picks up again.
Enlightenment is nothing.
Delusion is the greatest wonder.
Enlightenment was in your coffee cup
before you poured in the coffee.
Now it's in your coffee cup.
Two point two billion years
before your coffee cup was created,
enlightenment was in your coffee cup.
An hour and fifteen minutes
after time swallows the universe,
enlightenment will be in your coffee cup.
You've always known where it is
because it's exactly where you left it.
How can you not return to a place you never left?
You are dreaming that you are unenlightened.
You are dreaming that you are awake.
The question is: Why?
The answer is: Why not?
About the Author:
Jed McKenna is the author of Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest
Thing, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, and Spiritual Warfare,
published by Wisefool Press. Articles, updates and more at
our website: www.WisefoolPress.com
published with permission of the Wisefool Press.