Brilliancy overspreading all
All embracing Brilliancy
Beyond the beyond
Beyond within
Leaving the womb’s sheltered sea
I was gently slapped and then set free.
The wonderment of warm first breath
And mothers white and downy breast
My grasping fingers held hers tight.
The miracle of walking and bicycle riding
Awakening sex and library reading
Pale moon light and golden sun
Nothing did I ever shun-
Ranging the universe exploring.
Resisting limitations and avoiding strife
Wanton pleasures filled my life.
In springtime frenzied pleasures reigned.
In frenzy, happiness I feigned.
In turmoil festered like a boil.
Non-penitent pennants fly high.
Jingoistic emblems darken the sky and
Egoistic and erotic signs all follow.
Heartache and tears in its hallow
My ship carries unhappy cargo.
In ripening years I yearn to be
Calm like a tree and leave the sea.
At dawn into a quiet bay I sail
Away from the open sea and the great white whale.
I take my tattered ensigns down.
I explored all aspects of the golden rule
And in the mirror I see a fool.
The golden rule became my guide
To the years now opened wide
To the golden gateway of the stars.
I turned to American Indian religion
And embraced all nature with happy freedom:
The shining stars and pale moon light
Redwood trees on the mountainside
The Great Spirit points the way
In the still of the night She speaks,
Her voice caressing me
And my heart beat to Her insistent beat.
“I shot luminous stardust into
Space with you in mind,
You! With Your greed, your lust, your rage,
Your killing fields,
You! So full of compassion and love,
Listener of Beethoven, and Puccini arias
I fashioned you to dance, stumble and
Rise again and dance towards the light”
I find the calmness of the tree
And see Broad white sails approaching me
Above the sparkling sea and
My arms open wide to embrace the Light.
Beyond within
Beyond the beyond
All embracing Brilliancy
Brilliancy overspreading all

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