Alchemy, Art, Trickster

Before and after Brian…

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It’s not a true story… Said Jay-Kay… He was referring to Illusions... It is not a true story… No… But it contains… A mode of true being… But it’s not real… Insisted Jay-Kay… Most definitely not real… No… It would hardly be called Illusions… If it were claiming reality… But it refers to a reality beyond… What most people… Can perceive… As such… You’re acting like… It’s the Bible… Or something… Finished Jay-Kay… Hardly surprisingly… Some years later… He took to reading the Bible… And acting as though everything contained in it… Were true… And real… And had happened… In just the way stated.

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I have no parents… Said Monkey… Were you born from a tree… Said Subodhi… I remember an immortal rock… On Flower-Fruit Mountain… It split open… And there I was… I can give you a name from my stock… Said Subodhi… Yes, please… Said Monkey… Your stock of what… Twelve names… Said Subodhi… There’s Broad… Great… Wise… Intelligent… True… Obedient… Natural… Sea-like… Outstanding… Rounded… Enlightened… And then he paused… Yes, go on… Said Monkey… That’s only eleven… But for you… Said Subodhi… I think… Awoken… Will do… Awoken to what… Said Monkey?

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The child… Who has awoken… To emptiness… Said Subodhi… Sun-Wu-Kong… Oh, yes, yes… Said Monkey… And he skipped away… Chortling over his new name… And that… Was what was missing… Emptiness… Only the one who has known… Emptiness… Can move on… And truly comprehend… What it means to be… We probably also need to bear in mind… That our iconic woman… Offers us fruit to eat… And that a diet… of Fruit and Flowers… Can have a very pronounced effect upon the constitution and the abilities…  Of brain function… Why, we might even call it before… And after… Brain.

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