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Learning to do nothing
I learned learning
Wasn't nothing but
Something I was doing.
So I decided to stop
Learning, or even doing
But learned deciding
To stop learning was still
Doing what I didn't
Want to do. I wanted
Just to do nothing.
But then I realized that
I simply couldn't do
Nothing, only something.
So I stopped trying
To do nothing, something
Told me to stop stopping
And stop starting too,
But I was busy listening
To something . I couldn't stop.
So I kept going until
I was so far gone
There was nothing
To be done. I smiled
And knew in smiling it
Wasn't me but everything
I tried so hard to do
Was smiling me. So I
Did it. Simply smiled.

 

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Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, I am a former professor of sociology. My writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. I write as a public intellectual for the general public, not (more...)
 
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