#17. Push Boat with Flow of Water

#17. Push boat with flow of water

if you want to mend a cloth to
preserve it, you must send a thread
through a tiny hole in a needle
called an eye

if you want to replicate the world
to preserve it, you  must send photons
through a tiny hole in a box
called an aperture

if you want to replicate yourself
to preserve it, you must send sperm
through a tiny hole between your legs
called a vagina

when cloth gets old, world breaks
down, body’s gone to wormbait

all that’s left are  tiny holes
where light shines through

forming star-pricked sky for
creatures threading needles

~Kim Goldberg

This poem from my book Ride Backwards on Dragon: a poet’s journey through Liuhebafa was featured on Canada’s National Poetry Month website in April.

In Liuhebafa, water refers to our generative energy or “jing” (also known as creative energy, sexual energy, or principal energy). Jing is associated with the kidneys and sexual organs. In Taoist practice as well as Chinese medicine, jing is considered to be the underpinning of all aspects of organic life. Our pre-natal jing is supplied by our parents at the time of conception, while our post-natal jing comes from the food and fluids we consume during our lifetimes and can be further augmented by various practices. A goal of Taoist internal training is to circulate jing throughout the body by sending it up the back of the body and then down the front in an endless loop (the microcosmic orbit). In theory, this will turn back time, producing health and longevity. In pushing boat with flow of water we are circulating our jing in this rejuvenating direction – against the waters of the world, which lead to decay. Taoist practice is largely about reversing various processes (energetic flow, conditioning, attachment, emotional engagement, mental clutter) to return us to the state we arrived in.

May you be everflowing…

Kim Goldberg

Text and photos (c) Kim Goldberg

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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2 Responses to #17. Push Boat with Flow of Water

  1. Leanne says:

    Wonderful poem, Kim.

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