The lightest realizations arrive in restraint—
so the old masters tell us.

Not unlike the tug at the end of a line.

We have language for what is within reach
but not the mutable form behind it.

Or else, why write.

I’m sick of peering at the ego.
No, my ego’s tired of peering at me

It’s she who awakens me into being.

So it goes: the seer mistaken for the seen.

—Jenny Xie

Jenny Xie, “Inwardly,” from Eye Level. Copyright © 2018 by Jenny Xie. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Graywolf Press.

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