Vacuum Sucks

Alan Rayner
Nov 16, 2020
Real Life Emergence’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2018)

Let’s face it

Vacuum sucks

Into flow

Flow circulates

Into form

Form decays

Into vacuum

Vacuum sucks


That’s life

In making and breaking

Bodies, hearts and minds


There’s no avoiding the void

No matter how vainly we try

To set our selves

Subjectively or objectively


In definitive isolation


We can’t live

Without the infinite grace of space

Deep stillness

Calling softly


Within, throughout

And all about


Natural occurrences

Within the natural occurrence of all

Both tangible and intangible

Within each other’s reach

Never One Alone


There’s no such thing as completeness

There’s only repleteness

Nature is full of receptive holes*

Like you and I

Awaiting their turn to shine with life

And pass on

As energy flows and ebbs in tidal current

Not wholes cemented in permanent stasis

Keeping their selves to their selves

*To put it plainly: A centre of gravity is a receptive focal point of space — a ‘zero point’ — within mass as a local circulation of energy. It is not an isolated centre of mass surrounded by space.

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Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion