For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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.