Meeting on the Floodplain
by Theresa M Rayman
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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What do we really know?
I met the Soothsayer
on his mystic level.
Standing and demanding answers,
I implored his surreal take
on these vast injustices;
a prescription for peace-
his cure for all selfish conspiracies
possessing common man.
Each query he countered, and questioned back;
until, all right I felt to ask
A “Shaman shower”- I recall
As he watered down the liquid, indignant
expression on my face
my arrogance drowned.
The sad mudslide attitudes
crashed and slid over an embankment
This levy, mankind constructed,
was never to hold
against selfish folly’s flooded fray.
As I gasped and struggled to stay afloat
I felt a sense before me
of overflowing calm
in this time honored lined face.
Craggy slits forced open steely eyes,
he cracked a wry smile
not of earthly design;
a beam forged with wisdom
garnered from the other side.
“The answers”, he whispered;
after a silence long and futility instilled.
“Lie in the tribal child’s hungry eyes,
under a young widow’s mourning vestments,
in a sea of displaced spirits, war-torn from happy homes;
in a tearstained overseas telegram filled
with disbelief and despair.”
“For the least of these will be greatest”. He explained,
and the peace you seek is granted only to those
who can find the secret of solace within.”
Pulling a tattered, ethereal cloak over silvered tresses
he started plodding, sandal-footed
carefully back to his unseen lair
where conformity breaks from heaven gate;
and I could not find a way to follow.
“Be patient in trial
never blind to blessings.”
“Peace within”, he concluded,
“stands at war with the answers
you have become so certain
that you seek.”
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|Reviewed by The Smoking Poet
|Never blind to blessings, yes...and however we might each seek wisdom.
I look forward to seeing more of your work, Theresa. Welcome to AD.
|Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez
well done , extremely well written expression!
Welcome to AD',
Rich Criso Suarez
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|I find this very deeply meaningful and deserving of several readings. I thank you for sharing this offering, Theresa. And, if you are new to the Den; may I be honored to welcome you. May you live in love and peace. Regis|