More Zen Days in the Realms of Gold

The Way It Goes

There’s a story of a concert master who is fed up with the orchestra and becomes an itinerant musician. In his travels he comes upon an old man sitting in the sun outside his hut and asks if he can rest there a while. After he has rested and drunk from the old man’s well, he feels like playing his violin.  When he finishes, the old man sits quietly and then says, “That is true.”  That’s the way it goes.

That’s the Way it goes
            You are minding your own business
            and along come two tramps at mud time
            or you catch a little silver trout
            and it leads you to Rapunzel
            or up the Amazon to Grovers Corners –
            where you were in the first place.

Get it? Just another way of describing what it’s like to take a slow walk – when you’re not going anywhere and don’t give a damn whether there’s a there there or not. One step   And two   And three – like that. Definitely no Depak Chopra involved.





That’s your Self
strolling along,
at it again,
late for school —
as usual.

Clark McKowen — On Zen Days

Clark McKowen

Clark McKowen



A Rich, Manifold Life —

. . . brought close to the eye






This website is sort of a workshop for getting into the inner and outer reaches of human experience.   In a way,

It’s about getting all I can out of my cornflakes. 

It’s a reminder that the smell of shoe polish has infinite dimensions —  if I’m willing to think about it.  And it’s a lot more fun, at least for me, to enjoy as much of my moments as I can while they are happening.

  • Realms of Gold is about the split between the perceived world — what we ordinarily see — and what we know lies beyond perception.

So if you want to get at the whole thing,  it can’t be just poetry or stories, and it can’t just  be about all those numbers involved in nuclear physics and DNA. The smell of shoe polish  involves applied linguistics, metaphor, semantics, and the arts – in fact, all the disciplines mixed together. It has to includes  physics, biology, and mathematics.

It includes the world within the skull of each person engaged in these explorations.

Various Tangents

I  Iike to mess around with various tangents of whatever’s in front of my eye just now — just to be a bit more awake.  For me, it enriches my day if I’m more in tune with what’s happening — while it’s happening.  I may as well say it up front: These posts always come back to the nutty idea that

Everything is everything.

So, if everything is everything, then chimpanzees are not some isolated, if fascinating, aspect of our planet.  They are all about me — and you.  We may not be very conscious of it, but we humans are always trying to see how we fit into everything.

  • I’m always trying to get a good look at our situation here in the universe. 

Things seem to come alive more when I do that.

 The Shipping News

Clark’s Boat —

Sailing at 10 AM

from Alameda


some region


the Sea of Intelligence