we carry the wonders we seek

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What keeps me alive is found between the images,

between the words, between thought,

the emptiness of feeling,

and in the emptiness of the body….

there arises the fullness and significance of life…

…..Basarab Nicolescu

our sweetest memories stalk us, drug us into sublime curiosity…..these corners of our lives haunt us, tell us what we long for, what we need to return to and remind us of what to leave behind…..not so much a breakthrough but rather an indulgent withdrawal……listen to the whispers…..

The Lost Hotels of Paris…

The Lord gives everything and charges

by taking it back. What a bargain.

Like being young for a while. We are

allowed to visit hearts of women,

to go into their bodies so we feel

no longer alone. We are permitted

romantic love with its bounty and half-life

of two years. It is right to mourn

for the small hotels of Paris that used to be

when we used to be. My mansard looking

down on Notre Dame every morning is gone,

and me listening to the bell at night.

Venice is no more. The best Greek islands

have drowned in acceleration. But it’s the having

not the keeping that is the treasure.

Ginsberg came to my house one afternoon

and said he was giving up poetry

because it told lies, that language distorts.

I agreed, but asked what we have

that gets it right even that much.

We look up at the stars and they are

not there. We see the memory

of when they were, once upon a time.

And that too is more than enough.

….Jack Gilbert

where the hunters feed the hunted….

If we can embrace the meanings and experiences in both our internal and external worlds, melding the sacred and profane, we will be rigorously challenged to transform opposition into paradox. The essential task is to allow all sides of an issue, or pairs of opposites, to exist in equal dignity and worth until their hidden unity is revealed. This is our initiation into the embodiment of wisdom, the entry point into authentic spiritual maturation and personal transformation. In our later years, it becomes imperative to increase our capacity to hold creative tension, allowing far greater and more inclusive solutions and options to emerge. By befriending and strengthening our capacity to hold paradox, we can explore the realm of deep spiritual growth. The Japanese poet Basho said that the greatest riddle, aside from Creation itself, was how to know the world created by the beauty of the integration of our internal and external lives. The closest he came to describing this mystery is expressed in this poem in the 17th century…

Between our two lives,

there is also the life of

the cherry blossom.

Basho’s ‘life of the cherry blossom’ represents the exquisite and haunting beauty of the timeless essence of our true nature, which is found at the threshold between our two lives- the internal and the external worlds. Until the two are integrated, the cherry blossom symbolizes the presence of an inherent mystery that we might touch, savor, and honor, but of which we see only fleeting glimpses…..Angeles Arrien

2 thoughts on “we carry the wonders we seek

  1. Ginsberg that day had to have been jaded – poetry tells the only truth we can muster. Prose tries to describe in a million word a thought that has no words. Poetry take all that is, and through metaphor uses context to create thought. I have only recently come to realize this, and fell blessed to find am able … I loved Lost Hotels of Paris

    • love this poem too……precisely because of the hazy boundary you describe so well….the string of pearls that glow from the microcosm of poetry…..indeed, thought flows through later…..thank God….may the incarnation of the word whisper through you g.f.s….

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