Here Now – by El Collie

‘Chinese Herbs’ – yamabuki
The ordinary things
Were never ordinary at all
They were merely disguised
Dressed up like bums
And held up for us
To ridicule and ignore
The ordinary things —
  A sip of water
  A beam of sunlight
  The brush of a hand
   A laughing child–
Were made into trivia
While we were taught
To hate our lives
The ordinary things
Were neglected, shunned, and mocked
While we went searching madly
For something that mattered
The ordinary things
Were labeled as obstacles
To be overcome
In our race
To collect unspecified treasure
At the legendary
Rainbow’s end
The ordinary things —
  A soft night’s sleep
  A feather in the grass
  Talking to each other —
Were denounced
As nothing special
But the ordinary things
Were never ordinary at all
We were mislead
As we blindly
Pushed aside
Everything holy
Believing all the while
That we were making way
For miracles
— El Collie
March 1992
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