February 2, 2023


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Avalokiteshvara & Joel

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Avalokiteshvara & Joel



Little Joel’s voice and bouncing morning jolts

reach through neighbour Kesete’s

and my

common wall,

as the autumn school recess –

now labeled “reading holiday”

to inspire the kids

to lay down their smartphones

and pick up a book

– is approaching its end

The usual weekday silence

through this tenement building

has been replaced by lively kids,

bouncing and clamouring;

quite nice for a change!

I spend the early hours

at the tail end of this week

with Evan Harris Walker’s

very original take on existence

called The Physics of Consciousness;

The Quantum Mind

and The Meaning of Life,

but find that I need to skip back

through the text ever so often,

where I’d normally just breeze

down the pages;

the contents of the thoughts

aimlessly embellishing my perception

This fuzzy state of affairs

– my presently strained and weakened focus –

is the afterglow of last night’s migraine incident

I put the book down for a while,

letting little neighbour Joel’s liveliness

paint som bright colours

across the gray, misty migraine aftermath,

while I lie back,

my hands aging before me in plain view,

as I picture all the neighbours,

near and far, through this long building,

as if the walls were made of glass;

all the tenants clearly visible

in their various stages of life

– and I experience an almost Avalokiteshvaran


for these people, cast into their lives,

coping the best they can,

apartment after apartment,

all the way to the far end of this long, lean row

of cumulative spaces,


through accelerating expanse and rising expense

of physical reality,

full of dreams

© Ingvar Loco Nordin 2022

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3 thoughts on “Avalokiteshvara & Joel

  1. When this was published on PoetBay, Ann Wood commented of it: “Such a lovely poem, well done and thank you for sharing it with us. I love it.”

  2. Ingvar, this is such a compassionate poem, I can feel the Avalokitesvaran element in my heart. Such a lovely meditation on fellow life travellers. A beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing it on Parapraxis

  3. Wonderful expression of ones mind and how you see the daily lives of people through observing and understanding the nature and meaning of life. I am lost with words to explain how insightful this poem is but all i can say is that, this is absolutely well written.

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