Poetry

Bravado

In tender camaraderie
within the covers
of body and mind
I declared to him:
My shoulders are
in my heart
No better yet:
My shoulders are
in my womb
To one up me
he said:
Mark off a spot
I’m all shoulder

Solitary now
Calling on God
for insight
and scanning
the night sky
Entranced I see
the birth of galaxies
He shows me
opening upon opening
wheeling within
Brilliant harmony
Majesty
unfathomable

My vision reaps
ecstatic time with
grateful humility
This is home
While living lies
in the light of others
we can only reflect
self-dignifying
self-justifying
But a better way
is a mystery
To mirror what we
cannot know

Who is able
to bear the weight
of losing matter?
Cloaked in pride
eclipsed by certainty
I grasp reason
and forfeit
precious faith
When I surrender
the shadows
I am lifted into
the Light
of pure Love

Photo, Coconino National Forest – Flagstaff (Public Domain)

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19 thoughts on “Bravado

  1. Why is it that humanity has looked up to the heavens for answers? We belong to the earth and yet know, intuitively, that we are somehow a part of a larger universe. I especially appreciated your words:

    “But a better way
    is a mystery
    To mirror what we
    cannot know”

    A profound insight that has given me much to think on, Mary Jo. Sending hugs and love along with my gratitude.

    • Thank you so much, Rebecca! Sometimes we’re so wrapped up in trying to understand our unhappy circumstances we forget we are part of a larger arc, an unfathomable story. Sending hugs and love and gratitude back your way, my friend 🙂

    • High praise for which I thank you, Dave. Appreciate you sharing the beautiful sentiment in some of those lyrics. We willingly pay the price, but we will not count the cost. Actually a very poetic phrase. 🙂

      • You’re very welcome, Mary Jo! Your poems are terrific!

        Neil Peart of Rush, while not quite a “poet poet,” was a better/much deeper wordsmith than the vast majority of rock lyricists.

  2. Reflecting on your poem and reading the comments brought to mind the benediction my dad used to end church services with: “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always.”

    These are the lines that brought the benediction to mind:

    I grasp reason
    and forfeit
    precious faith
    When I surrender
    the shadows
    I am lifted into
    the Light
    of pure Love

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