Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Calamities: Another Eden (Linda Gregg)

Out beyond what we imagine.
Out beyond the familiar, leaving home
And being homeless. Breaching the seas,
foundering on a coast in the West,
searching for coastlines in the Far East.
The heart is left and leaves,
stands in each part of the farness
away from the other. Living in each
particular moment of the day,
of present claims and the careless claims
of always. The ocean pushes out,
pushes the heart into the unknown,
toward the middle of a self that yearns
and remembers. The spirit is rejected
and walks slowly out of another Eden.
An Eden that is not the heart,
is homelessness, is isolate. The heart
is gathered into the familiar nothingness
and held. Is held and sent forth.
In the way a seal drops into the water,
sliding like oil in its element.
Turns and rolls. What we call happiness.
The seasons change and change,
west and east, tropical and far
roll them. What we call love.
Heaven is deep and deeper. We leave
And leave into the questing.


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