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The Annunciation Divers Scroll

2000, ink and acrylic on washi; 75 x 13 inches


What constitutes freedom, how does it look?
Like diving—

plunging into the amorous wet

like choosing,

not between right wrong, either or, the poles, rather

like holding
what is useful in both hands
like convergence—

the space in between

contradiction.
This is The Annunciation.

To be mortal and divine,
alone yet combined—

self and other

you face it—your choice
your annunciation. Even now
and now, and now;
to live with ecstasy
to die with suffering
both at once—

for loss is contained within realized desire.

And Desire is eternal, unrelenting.

Everywhere I look
I see you in me.

10.23.2000