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The Phoenix

That which rises out of the ash of the old,

that state of being that exists forever and always.

A line drawn, a dot of color, and the potential is activated.

It changes the blankness into something--

We may not know what.

The potential fills in, fleshes out, plumps up--

Becomes what it is.

Hold it away from you and survey it.

Look deeply and closely and love it.

Give it away and be happy for it.

Think of it and be inspired by it.

The Phoenix…

that state of being that exists forever and always

as potential,




Never-ending, ever cycling, ever rising out of the ash,

ever beginning again.


Qi Gong especially for the energy of this poem:


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