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The Ocean (2nd Place Winner of IDEAS Poetry Contest) By: Ian Lambach

I had no wisdom
And yet you taught me
(Illuminated, beyond conditions)
Water is clear to the bottom
Where the fish swim
Without moving
And the sky is vast and boundless
Where the bird flies away
And disappears

Just one word
Of a poem is better
Which if a man hears
He is quiet
This being that appears
Then loses
Every meaning

The withered tree spoken of
Is nothing but the ocean drying up
An ocean does not retain
What is the ocean?
Free of forms

All good and bad
In time will pass
All at once
Grasping and not grasping that
The sky is vast and boundless
Where the bird flies away
And disappears

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