I just published a poem that puts my and our “collective conundrum” that I discussed in an entry currently in the About Section—being Unknown is a work in progress—in fuller relief much to my relief. The ideas of anonymity, selflessness, reparation, forgiveness, suffering, healing, grace tend to collide-fuse-merge-coalesce in my frequently muddled mind and are difficult to separate. Harm Done is a compendium piece to the site’s lead poem Divine Birthright. Rather than explicate, please read both because to heal as a nation with the ultimate goal as a united world, we have to start in our kitchens.
Doing so anonymously, remaining an Unknown, can be seen as cowardly, not taking “credit” for acts, thoughts and words authored by you within and throughout your life. It can also be seen as a courageous step towards unity, where the I is We, not an ego insatiable Pac-Man wanting to brand his or her name on everything in sight.
Taking responsibility without others knowing your name, without creating more “seemingly insurmountable biographical details” is probably a little of both.
As stated in my first non-introductory post, “I’m not as not as sure of the what’s, how’s, who’s, and when’s of The Unknown and it’s evolution as I am of the why’s.” We need to realize our individual and collective need to move on from our individual and collective past sins, whether perpetrated by or on, whether directly or indirectly, and the only way to do that is to be real with the how’s and why’s—the intentions—of our thoughts. We can’t be, and work in, the NOW when our head space is full of memories of the past or projections of the future. And that takes awareness. And that takes work and, as with this Work inProgress, that takes courage to embrace Theunknown….☺️
Until Next Time,
The Unknown Poet