Love (20Seventeen)

From ev’rything u read
And ev’rything u see

It is easy 4 one 2 reason
That Love is absent
That Love is on the run
From Anger, Pride, and Fear

That Love has abandoned us (2 a dire Fate, a loveless State)
And her daughters, Mercy and Grace, are not here

But lo, a jug tips
           a pantry door opens
And Love, barely draped, skips
(Thru a garten of planets and stars)

A chain of flowers
Above her hips

The scent of lilac
Behind her ears

And across her lips

© The Herder 20Seventeen

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Aftermath

En the aftermath,
Ashes remain

Alongside numbness
And the lack of will 2 do what is right, decent, and just

As does a forge of queries
When the beast rears its head

Are we too far gone 4 Mercy 2 find us?
Are we too far gone 4 Grace 2 guide us?

Are we too far gone 4 Love 2 take root   .   .   .

En this desert of ours?
En this garten of ours?
En the width of this chest of ours?

© The Herder 20Seventeen

A Herder’s Wish 4 20Seventeen

The tiniest girl w/
The tiniest freckles and
The tiniest palms en
The tiniest garten embraces
The tiniest flower

Whose petals emit the Light of
A billion shores w/en
A billion worlds w/en

A billion stars w/en
A billion galaxies
.   .   .   or more

© The Herder 20Seventeen

 

Soma from the Well: Sri Aurobindo

It is not sufficient to worship Krishna, Christ or Buddha without, if there is not the revealing and the formation of the Buddha, the Christ or Krishna in ourselves.

Sri Aurobindo / Gems from Sri Aurobindo

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Lines

Lines of division, ignorance, and hate
Olde lines, crooked lines (long thought dead and buried)

Festering lines drawn anew w/ fresh ink
Lines 4 which despots clandestinely issue a call most venal

A call

2 strike at the soul of Edin
2 strike at the heart of the People

[The Folk Aside.]

The way we feel
The way we love

The way we connect
The way we think

{Fingercymbals-Twice}

It is a call 2 open psychic and social wounds (once thought closed)
It is a call 2 drink from a poisonous cup (once thought well disposed)

It is a call 4 the philistine
And cowardly 2 take aim

Regardless of torment
Regardless of shame

It is a call 2 despair
It is a call 2 war

War b’tween the Sexes
War b’tween the Races
War b’tween the Creeds

War b’tween the Angels en Heav’n
War b’tween the Lyons and the Jackals en a sea of reeds

War / bound 2 devour the famished
War / bound 2 engulf the blind en darkness
War / bound 2 bleed the well

War / bound 2 lay upon the eyes of Helios
The o’ercast stitch of a deathly pall

War / bound 2 ruin ev’rything we hold sacred
War / bound 2 be the ruin of us all

© The Herder 2016

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Awakened One
Perfect One
Radiant One

We are all doing what we think we ought 2 and
We are all losing ground (losing faith)

Tho’ we hold the mala
Tho’ we recite the hallowed refrains
Until their syllables, en our throats, quake

[Aside.]
Whatever it takes, mama /
Whatever it takes 4 Nag 2 enflate his hood

Awakened One
Perfect One
Radiant One

We are all doing what we think we ought 2 and
We are all losing ground (losing faith)

Tho’ the heirs of David wail
Tho’ they rejoice en the Torah

Tho’ they rejoice over the Law
And press slips of paper b’tween
Blocks of stone en the wall

[Aside.]
Whatever it takes, mama /
Whatever it takes 2 close the gates of Hell

Awakened One
Perfect One
Radiant One

We are all doing what we think we ought 2 and
We are all losing ground (losing faith)

Tho’ the Christians drink the blood of their Savior
Tho’ they pierce his heart and eat his flesh

Tho’ they pray
Tho’ they sway (to and fro)
Tho’ they sing

[Aside.]
Whatever it takes, mama /
Whatever it takes 2 lay a crown of thorns upon the head of a shepherd king

Awakened One
Perfect One
Radiant One

We are all doing what we think we ought 2 and
We are all losing ground (losing faith)

Tho’ the TRUE Followers of the Prophet make the Hajj
Tho’ the TRUE Followers of the Prophet hark the call

Tho’ they face the holy city of Mecca
Tho’ they face the east and triumphantly submit

[Aside.]
Whatever it takes, mama /
Whatever it takes 2 slay despair, slay Iblis,
Slay this terrible, terrible beast

Awakened One
Perfect One
Radiant One

We are all doing what we think we ought 2

Still, we are losing ground
Still, we are losing faith

And soon
Very soon

The Palace floor is going 2 give way

And soon
Very soon

The Palace columns are going 2 buckle

Under the weight of brass shell casings
Under the weight of pipe bombs
Under the weight of charging lorries

Under the weight of dead black boys
Under the weight of murdered cops

Under the weight of Chicago drive-bys
Under the weight of unlawful stops

Under the weight of whyte carnations
Under the weight of a broken rainbow

Under the weight of a plain pine box
Under the weight of black key requiems

Under the weight of young widows
Under the weight of tall shadows

Under the weight of orphans
Under the weight of sackcloth

Under the weight of hate
Under the weight of death
Under the weight of spiritual contraction

Awakened One
Perfect One
Radiant One

We are all doing what we think we ought 2

Except love our neighbors
Except love our foes
Except cherish our scars

Except strive mightily 2 be Noble, Generous, and Just!

Lord Buddha,
We are all doing what we think we ought 2

Except what mama told us
Except what papa showed us
Except what we must

2 stop losing ground
2 stop losing faith

© The Herder 2016

Faith

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En this Kali Yuga

En this Age of Degeneration
En this Age of Iron

En this Age of Contraction
En this Age of Scarcity

En this splintered age
En this Age of Division

En this suffering age
En this Age of Fear

En this soul-less age
En this Age of Thralldom

En this dark age
En this Age of Desolation

Eye have Faith

© The Herder 2016