You surf the uncertain sea of pages as you wonder what to do.
It's like standing on the waves of raked white stone in a Zen temple
garden as you wipe away a koan's mental residue. You haven't a clue
what "You are things to do" might mean as you strive to fill the ample
core of longing in your heart. Each page is like a stone, each stone
a quantum dropped into the hollows of your bones. The sound
of one hand clapping is that missing part. You are the top quark
in the particle stream blasting through your nerves, inbound
through the wiry 3D lattice wound around the cage of your bone
house, the neatly sectored golem on your screen a watermark
that stains your quantum login page. The photos there have lost
their anchors. The Partner and the Kids? Well, have some pennies
for their eyes. Nothing lasts. Those photos only mark the absentees.
Their sites are cached somewhere in archives. You've crisscrossed
the links in vain. They're gone. Get over it. You know it sounds clichéd,
but pull yourself together. Ditch the spirits in their graves and get out,
hit the town. Fill that vacuum now. These empty furnished rooms laid
out in dust. Sweep that dust away—it's nothing but exhaust—
and let the daylight in. You are topquark in this stream, you scout
the red currents that ebb and flow, you mark twain for the Boatman.
You are topquark in your quantum sea. You are here. Your choice
sets the port of call. Is this the koan, "You are things to do?" Doubt
is a useless option. There on the raked white waves in the garden
of stone, you're sure you hear it all ringing—a tiny bell's voice.