Misplacing the center of the universe again,
he watched the ego that passed for himself
inflate through optical inversion until
it was the universe. And,
at the same time, he watched God shrink
to something small, vague, and seldom very useful: applause, this time, triggered the effect.
Vain, puffing efforts to inflate God and deflate
a flapping universe failed, until, utterly flat,
he saw ego utterly helpless.
Thus humbled, he reached higher than himself.
Ready contact, warm and gentle, then brought mental
eyes to see world askew snap round to truer view,
and, with the snap, a clatter of matter fly,
call itself applause, and flash to extinction.

Bravo! On his feet in grateful praise,
star-filled, God-centered universe aglow,
he felt his stature grow as clothed in light,
past brief, contrasting night,
'til all stood beautiful and bright.

James Floyd Huston

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Right Where I Am
October 2, 1976

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