Placement of hurdles is ego-mind's specialty,
One after another obstructing heart's innermost drive.
Aspiration to awaken can seem easily overshadowed,
Overwhelmed by a barrage of questioning doubts.
Yet one confusion can override all others,
Is the Beloved absent, or is it self absenting itself?
Whatever the case, why not put either absence to work,
Knowing full well that heart's fire flourishes in an empty mind?