Before dawn, when Orion
and a slivered moon dominate,
when maples are barely articulated
against a leafless sky
and the air is quiet,
when few eyes travel this road
the stars ride high
and towhees are not astir
beneath the laurel hedges,
the small winding stream
weeps among rocks and roots
collecting whatever has fallen,
taking whatever is not tied down
or bound up.
Chasing after Anorexia
Dematerializing is what saints do.
Each holy person, if the Medieval
sculptors are correct, seeks after
spiritual anorexia, a reaching out
towards physical non
Saints are persons who are able to
tend, as far as it is humanly possible,
towards emptying themselves
of self so that they may be filled
with the pure nothingness of the
spirit. Unlike Descartes, they believe
that to not be is to be fulfilled,
and that thinking, at least as seen
through a philosophical lens, puts
too much emphasis on the individual
self and ignores too much the "I am."
Douglas Campbell is a retired professor of art at George Fox University where he taught painting, printmaking, drawing and art history courses. His poetry and artworks have been published in a number of periodicals.