Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meditations in Fast Times: 10. Down in the dark


Down in the dark,
down in the dark,
in the dark we have been.

More than watchmen wait for the dawn;
all of us here await the coming Light.

In the morning of the world,
the everlasting Light breaks over us
the light purifies all rivers and oceans,
the light shakes the desert sands,
the light twists the cedars,
and its fire strips the forests bare.

More than watchmen wait for dawn;
all of us here await the coming Light,
so the darkness shall be dark no more,
and the stillness shall dance,
for the Light shall be felt so deeply,
—for Light shall surely purify!—
that we shall be children in the Light,
and shall be Light while we last,
while Light lasts.

This is intersection of timeless moment;
It is here that our time and all time is redeemed.

© 2014 by Elisabeth T. Eliassen

Meditations in Fast Times: 9. We've reached beyond the stars


We’ve reached beyond the stars,
landed cameras on mars,
yet, with all our science,
struggle with compliance
with the truth: all people are one.

Space painted a frontier to be won,
but home where union seems impossible,
an idea embedded as discord—implausible,
given this rational knowing:
we are greatest when music together, sewing
knitting, inventing solutions, sowing
seeds and making technology that affirms;
a standard by which we come to terms
with the dignity of every living being
is a dream still deferred to the reality of seeing
humanity far from freedom’s joys,
caught up, instead, with material toys.

© 2014 by Elisabeth T. Eliassen