Still Water Prose Poems

Copyright @ 1989 by Arthur Garfunkel
ISBN 0-525-24795-5
Used by persmission of Author - All Rights Reserved

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Jess,
the synthesizer player in the band,
took me into commonwealth curriculum -
U.K. Psych. course, one-o-one:
self-awareness,
objective-, subjective-style.

Say you're in the middle of a song on stage
and thousands of people are watching you -
the wrong time to do
is to fix on the question:
"What's my next line?"
That's objective.
It's a land mine.

But to push the awareness away and just be
(remember me to one who lives there)
and dare to bare your living doubt,
to let out the indwelling heart for a while -
that's the subjective style.

To video or not is now the question:
whether it's better to know what we look like
before the finale and gain that awareness
thereby,
or carry on from town to town
in trusted illusion, subjectively speaking
blindness is bliss...
It comes to this:

It's not one of a pair
and the part one picks.
The self, aware, knows
the art of the mix.

LondonApril 1988