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Outside the City of Tranquil Light

The Kuiper belt with frozen realms our eighth of planets overwhelms, for if Neptune had not formed that collection could have swarmed into a body neophyte, habitably considered quite outside the city of tranquil light. Suggestive of domains of ire or hellish greed beyond desire, those icy floating places evoke the haunted faces that feign affected smiles despite their fears and tears alone at night, outside the city of tranquil light. We common mortals live and die for trifles, never asking why, asleep in mind’s delusion, on pathways of confusion, while cherished hopes and dreams take flight although pursued with all our might, outside the city of tranquil light. None can escape the sting of strife during the whole of earthly life; storms of fortune fiercely rage while the mind and body age, albeit some achieve a height of recognition shining bright outside the city of tranquil light. Our only constant being flux, we strive yet fail to grasp the crux and cling to this bubble world adrift in dimensions curled, regardless of the poet’s sleight or savvy from the erudite, outside the city of tranquil light. As years go by in swift array kaleidoscopic passions play, till like fleeting spectral shades the phantasmic pageant fades. What history we choose to write ensuing epochs may indict outside the city of tranquil light. In our search for instant pleasure, have we lost the taste to treasure sheer existence, seeming rare in the universe out there? Oftentimes at the brink of blight sentient creatures awake in fright, outside the city of tranquil light. Happiness that will ever last springs from essential wisdom vast in the deepest inner states where enlightenment awaits… Will humankind reverse its plight and learn to see with purer sight to find the city of tranquil light? ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * Inspiration was derived from the following passage by Nichiren Daishonin… “Everywhere other than the Capital of Tranquil Light is a realm of suffering. Once you leave the haven of inherent enlightenment, what is there to bring you joy?“ ~ Nichiren (1263) “Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra (Dharma Flower Sutra)”

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Date: 8/29/2019 12:12:00 PM
Thank God I found your poem I haven't read yet. Or read? In any case, I wasn't paying attention to tercets at the end of each stanzas. They are incomparable, as is the poem as a whole. Where else can one find such poetic depth these days? If only the Flower Sutra) Damn it, and no comments! Okay, let mine be the first.
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Kurt Ravidas
Date: 8/30/2019 5:37:00 AM
Empyreal Medusa! Impressive poem and dramatic story. It's a little sad that poem can't be posted here, but I bookmarked an interesting community. Thank you, Harley.
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Harley White
Date: 8/29/2019 5:46:00 PM
Thank you for reading this poem and commenting! In fact, I hadn't read it myself for a long time. I tried to post my new poem and was told it was 'too long'. In case you want to see it and some long poems, you can go put the following in your browser where they are listed chronologically starting at the top: astronomerswithoutborders.org/search.html?q=harley+white