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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Walking Near Lodève

Only time is now.
Only tense present.
Doing. See. Believe.

Thick heat of Haut-
-Languedoc. Hot garrigue
Rasping with crickets -

Impossibly green
As avacados.
Dead snake on the path.

Lizards on limestone.
The flashing blue wings
Of brown grasshoppers.

Singing, singing, ev-
-'Rywhere singing, in
My head, all in my

Head, my heart chalk-soft,
Ravined, and singing,
Lonely as landscape.

Imagination
Richer than knowledge.
Zen, just zen, pure zen!

(7 stanzas, 3 lines per stanza, 5 syllables per line. 7, 3 and 5 are all prime numbers. 7 has always been a mystical and magic number; 3 recalls the Holy Trinity and the 3 Marys; 5 brings to mind the pentagram, the 5-pointed star symbol in witchcraft, the points representing Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. The concept of imagination being richer than knowledge comes from Einstein.)

2 comments:

The Solitary Walker said...

The number 5 also denotes the witchcraft symbol of the pentagram; and, coincidentally, a 5pointed star is also the shape of the citadel at Jaca, ancient capital of Aragon in northern Spain, from where I wrote this blog entry this morning.

Singing Bear said...

Very nice indeed. Now - where you bin at? It's been a long time.