Eye of the storm

And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly”

Eliot wrote of of it
spoke those immortal lines
pinpoint of immortality in a stationary dot*
perhaps in prayer he’d found the spot
where all our earthly spinning stopped
– Aaahmen
where the feverish forest was quelled
the jungle suddenly unjangled
– OM
there’s neither bone nor flesh in the word now
syllable aethereal, astral-planed
certainly absurd to mind matter
observed by the third eye peering through
a furrowed brow, and just then when the lotus rises
just as the petals part the bud
a voice in the wilderness marks the remarkable
the monkey chatters comfortably again
and we drown

Note: Opening inspiration from T.S.Eliot’s “Burnt Norton” and referencing* those immortal lines: “at the still point of the turning world”
Last line purloined from Eliot’s Prufrock – no other would do!

Written for Lynda’s Poetics prompt: Purifying the Mind

22 Comments on “Eye of the storm

  1. Laura- My favorite line is ‘observed by the third eye peering through a furrowed brow’, for if one’s third eye were open, why the furrow? I love it! And, of course the ending. Thank you for joining in!

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  2. the sacred space:
    – Aaahmen
    where the feverish forest was quelled
    the jungle suddenly unjangled
    – OM

    love your word borders and the nothingness within them

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  3. Interesting perspective and it makes sense: “there’s neither bone nor flesh in the word now”

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  4. Evoking Eliot, yes, and Bukowski, Ginsberg, Cohen, and Neruda–letting their words and visions guide us through the morass and darkness.

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  5. Prayer is not connected to religion but to a state of mind, a space in which to find peace, which is expressed so beautifully in your lines:
    ‘…in prayer he’d found the spot
    where all our earthly spinning stopped’.
    I love the sounds in the phrase ‘the jungle suddenly unjangled’ and in the final lines – a reminder that peace is precious.

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    • I think Eliot did find it in his religion and I believe prayer is connected to faith – each religious practice is just a variety of that -and it is the faith that there is something much greater than our egoic worldviews which causes us so much suffering – of which we are a part – and it is that which gives us precious peace or ‘the peace that passeth all understanding”. Needless to say I do not practice what I preach as often as I really should 😉

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  6. Oh, my monkey mind. This is a great dissection of meditation/mindfulness and the barriers to being, the call to doing. It’s easy to forget the Western, Christian tradition of contemplation, this was an interesting reminder.

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  7. I so admire this part and moment of reflection:

    observed by the third eye peering through
    a furrowed brow, and just then when the lotus rises
    just as the petals part the bud
    a voice in the wilderness marks the remarkable

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  8. I’ve always loved the line: I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. So perfectly said.

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