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Poetry Pleases: In The Face Of God

“…I giggle inside with joy, a child who, for a fraction of time has sneaked into God’s garden…’’ Tony Ellis’s poem tells of the profound bliss that is the gift of meditation.

I sit down to meditate
close my eyes
and my soul is sucked through a burning hole of light
between my brows
and into the hugeness of space

a quick memory of the room where I sit
flits across my mind
and then falls to the earth below
the edges of my being are now defined
by a transparent line sketched thinly
against the vastness
which is somehow dark and full of light
at the same time

I swell and vibrate with an energy
that can only be love
and my form is flexible and stretches out

I am standing in the face of god
a force so terrifyingly large
that I fear I will burst and be annihilated

unseen internal hands grasp the skin of my being
and hold on tight, afraid

I deflate and shrink back into ordinariness
a small human being again

I lie down beneath my blankets
exhausted, exhilarated
but slightly defeated

curled up foetus-like in a ball
my eyelids are lined with light
and I giggle inside with joy,
a child who,
for a fraction of time
has sneaked into God’s garden
and returned home
safe again


From There is Wisdom in Walnuts; 27 Poems by Tony Ellis and a Couple by his Dad. ©2004 tony ellis / www.tonyellis.com


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