Half Closed Eyes

‘June Morning’ – yamabuki
“As we live
So do we die.
Life is the dream.
Death the awakening.”
— Maitreya, Bodhisattva
Who has not yet been born
“Leaning into the afternoons,
I cast my sad nets towards your oceanic eyes.
There, in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames;
Its arms turning like a drowning man’s.
I send out red signals across your absent eyes
That wave like the sea, or the beach by a lighthouse.
You keep only darkness my distant female;
From your regard sometimes, the coast of dread emerges”
— Pablo Neruda
“Leaning Into The Afternoons”
Deep and Dark the Muse
Whispering shadows
Into the frozen night
Lightly heating the way
Through the fogs
And whispering flames
We dare not look full on
To these terrible visions
Lest they haunt our days
Instead we sneak glances
With Half Closed eyes
And so I give you these
Twelve poems
In Seven Sections.
— Half Light
— Psyche and Eros
— Star Light
— Nightingale’s Song
— Visions and Dreams
— Eternity
June 2011

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