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Transiting the Sun

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"You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep."
~ Rumi


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Venus crossing the face of the sun on June 8, 2004 - photo by Paul Hyndman




Sky watchers, people of the Nile,
today I feel you.
I feel you in the tilting of our faces,
turned up, watching the bright magic of Ra.
I feel you in my ears and mind chanting,
“as above, so below - as above, so below”.

And above me
Venus treads the boards
to hold her whole self before the sun.
She unfurls her desire in the light,
shining within a shining so great
that nothing cannot been seen.

And I wonder
if she spurs her reflections below
to echo.

Despite this well of longing, I feel afraid to ask for love.
It has turned its face from me with such sharpness
that I have forgotten the taste of succor.
With a mouthful of sour wine,
I have held that love asked for,
is love less valued; less true upon receiving.

In that way, I have taken what was offered.
I have found safety, yet I starve.
How does one dare
to ask, to risk; to gain
or to hear a resounding “no”?
How does one learn to transit the sun?

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firedancer_ny
Jun. 8th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
Wow. Simply - and powerfully - Beautiful!
jennlynn_green
Jun. 18th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 12th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Poetry and Prose
Beautiful words well phrased and the ending gave me this answer which I am sure I have heard somewhere sacred before ... one learns by doing! In the willingness to learn we reach out and take a chance to do what we are afraid of and through the doing we learn.
jennlynn_green
Jun. 12th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Poetry and Prose
Thank you. I do often learn by doing. I may not learn exactly what I set out to discover but I certainly learn things about myself in the process of trying.
hrhqod1
Jun. 16th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Wow Jenn, this is beautiful...
jennlynn_green
Jun. 18th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you Anateda (I think I spelled that wrong...sorry!).
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