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The ATI Realization was the first of a series of poems I wrote via the persona "The Naked Psalmist." I was awestruck by the realization that my life was a mere speck within the greater being of "All That Is."

I was also impressed by the awareness of my mortality but bolstered by the hope that there might be something more ... within the vastness of ATI!

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The ATI Realization!
Copyright Jarmo Koskinen, 2008

ATI,* I only exist since you do. It's within you I live! This knowing is also your gift!

You're my inspiration but my existence is my burden. It's the weight of my life that I must carry ... but at least for a short time my candle burns vigorously. Only I know my flame will fade! This knowing is also your gift.

My existence is also my joy, sorrow and pain. It gives me a glimpse of the light of today and a hopeful taste of tomorrows ... of another but never seen, very distant land ... a dream world called Forevermore! This knowing is also your gift!

I don't know who I am or what my existence means ... I only know I hope for more! It's my only prayer before I perish ... everything else I imagine has no meaning! As then ... I'm only like a wave destined to crash on a distant shore. Or as a drop among many that fell like rain from beyond the sky and blended within an ocean of non-being. This knowing is also your gift.

Even so ... whatever is ... and still ... you are my friend and fellow being! I can do no other than to acknowledge and revere you ... in all your Glory! This knowing is also your gift!

*ATI means “All That Is”
Ken Koskinen a.k.a. "The Naked Psalmist"
Nov. 1, 2008

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