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Posted by : cj on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:13 PM
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Meeting on the Floodplain

I met the Soothsayer
on his mystic level.
Standing and demanding answers,
I implored his surreal take
on these vast injustices;
his cure for all selfish conspiracies
possessing common man.
Each query he countered, and questioned back;
until, all right I felt to ask
withered fast.

A “Shaman shower”- I recall
As he watered down the liquid, indignant
expression on my face
my arrogance drowned.
The sad mudslide attitudes
crashed and slid over an embankment
labeled “complacency”.
This levy, mankind constructed,
was never to hold
against selfish folly’s flooded fray.

As I gasped and struggled to stay afloat
I felt a sense before me
of overflowing calm
in this time honored lined face.
Craggy slits forced open steely eyes,
he cracked a wry smile
not of earthly design;
a beam forged with wisdom
garnered from the other side.

“The answers”, he whispered;
his long silence futility instilled.
“Lie in the tribal child’s hungry eyes,
under a young widow’s mourning vestments,
in a sea of displaced spirits, war-torn from happy homes;
in a tearstained overseas telegram filled
with disbelief and despair.”
“For the least of these will be greatest”. He explained,
and the peace you seek is granted only to those
who can find the secret of peace within.”

Pulling a tattered, ethereal cloak over silvered tresses
he started plodding, sandal-footed
carefully back to his unseen lair
where conformity breaks from heaven gate;
and I could not find a way to follow.
“Be patient in trial
never blind to blessings.”
“Peace within”, he concluded,
“stands at war with all the answers
you have become so certain
that you seek.”

Best Interests

Sometimes
a fool,
I cannot hide;
so cornered
every judgment
every angle.
Scrutiny rendered
hard and fast
insecurity and suspicion,
the counsel seeds
grown so long
blindly to listen.
Cynical chains restrain
secured by faithless pain.

How long I have loved you
And trusted your guidance?

This spirit
needs to risk
and fly and fall
and rise self-assured
from each day’s random ashes.
So I shall no longer
fear myself
peeled away
from under uncertain layers.
The core
victorious once in a while
and yes-
a fool
sometimes.



Fit of the Survivors

Again the pain storms back into the forest,
every time society incites.
And summoning all the rage,
it thunders distant into its hiding place
deep where sunlight is but a flicker
between haunting windswept branches.
Where demons maintain their hollows
and only dare venture back
under cover well protected and sure.

I can feel the void growing vast and wide
like moss that carpets the moist, marshy floor
where cedar and thicket point the way
to a briar enshrouded prison arising.
Fear and rebellion have created this place;
your stubborn, insecure pride has fostered it.
This hidden temple cast deep within
has itself become a quagmire thick
as the tales you embrace to justify escape.

And I would never expect full surrender,
surrender to those social deities you so detest.
The daily frenzied pace indeed breeds turmoil.
For if pride risks profit has this protest cost?
A wilderness gained, a sojourn lost?
Still, the cold shoulder remains the only familiar sign,
cast reluctantly homeward;
where once you vowed to prosper
in the company of the one
who faces the world for you.

Note: Theresa Rayman says: "I have this crazy dream of coming to Chicago again someday and sitting on the grass by the museum and looking down over the city and pretending that there was still time."

 
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