~*~ A Poetic Interlude ~*~, By: Franklin Merrell-Wolff (1887-1985)

Am I a man? Yet also am I a god,

For I am that which comprehends both gods and men.

I move among men in the form of a man,

Fallible, more or less good, like the rest.

Yet, also, I shine with the gods in Glory.

I compress Myself in the mineral,

Inert and long-enduring.

Ceaselessly I grow as a plant,

and am driven by desire as animal.

I am in all, yet ever Beyond all.

A Flame am I that nowhere remains;

I consume all.

As I write I am sitting on a pavement of cement.

A tree grows near, its roots, soft and brittle, beneath that pavement.

Ceaselessly, slowly, but inevitably, those roots expand.

The cement gives way, its resistance impotent.

So, too, I expand, inevitably, remorselessly, in this world.

Before Me no crystallization can stand.

In the end, all other powers fail;

My own, once more, return to Me.

What matters health, sickness or death;

Passing modes in the endless Stream of Life?

In health I go forth, perchance to forget;

In sickness I look within and remember.

Which is the greater blessing?

I know not.

Men seek health. I seek not at all.

I give health and accept the blessing of sickness.

Yet, beyond all these, AM I— Unbound.

Do I look for faults in men?

Then surely I will find them;

Dishonesty, lust, greed, hatred, and all the rest.

All these come with immense fecundity.

Do I look beyond to the good?

Then what a glorious paragon is man!

Generous, kind, and fair-dealing.

Which of these is the real?

Neither and both. Man reflects just what I seek.

***

Jyoti Arora
Author of Dream’s Sake, Samsung Mobiler

www.jyotiarora.com

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