Dark Eyes

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Nov 4, 2008

Here is the poem I wrote out on a paper napkin in grateful tribute to Joe McGowan for his wonderfully eloquent story telling that brought tears to my eyes and which I recited to you at the dinner just after our visit to Yeats’ grave etc. Its the epitaph of a female student for her female teacher and from a book I am working on currently. It is also rooted in the pagan, deep ecological modalities that I choose to live by. Lalanath - I kept my promise to post this on the blog my friend.

I was born in storm of roses and thorn

Into murk made of mixture of sorrow and song

And felled to a ground to feed from a soil

Full of serpent in turmoil and tiger in toil.

Yet, her dark eyes sliced through the fear to the fall

Past a mind milking madness to a heart held in thrall

And cheating my destiny of sequential living

She fled with my soul when life wasn’t looking

To stop me…

To stare…

For now and for ever

Into dreams made of rhythm of moonlight and heather

To mesh me in breeze tossed in scent soaked in starshine

Misted with gossamer and dusted with firefly

To feed me on tunes made of tremble and sigh

As earth whispered her love to the sea - and the sky….

2 Comments
Nice Poem!
3:17pm - Nov 9, 2008

Thank you for this lovely peom Arjuna. It was wonderfully inspiring to hear you recite this poem in person when we met in Sligo.

Best, Lalanath

Thank you for sharing
4:12pm - Nov 21, 2008

Arjuna, thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. How inspirational!

Everyone’s stories were so awe inspiring. I look forward to seeing others post some of their marvelous stories from the gathering, especially the training workshop on story telling!

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