In praise of nothing — 1 April 2021

by Gerry Loose

in your house there should be nothing your house should be nothing but a hut, a shelter

in your hut there should be three shelves, which is all you need

the first is for books you cannot remember the second is for herbs and pulses the third is pots, pans and knives

the second shelf is highest since though you are happy to share with mice rice and your sheltering books are forbidden

there will also be a fire or these days an iron stove, surrounded by logs

nothing but logs and kindling you have gathered, felled and split with your own axe and nothing hands

maybe your nothing also contains a bucket and cup for nebulous water

you understand you have something of nothing which is everything

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