Rising — not falling — in love

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Rising in Love

There was no falling about it.
It was a walk upwards
as to sacrifice

as to mountain crests
for hidden vistas.

It was simple as soaring
of realising
how easy it is to fly
when you close
your eyes

to shake off earth's
muddied surface
and tread nothing
nothing but clouds.

It was all about ascent.
Assent. Rising together
on the great arch
of yes

precision of knowing
that what was

still is



Zen

'You go in ships in search of bliss,
yet what you seek is here in Ulubrae.'
Horace

How to step back
from your satori
and live again
the oblique progress
to this state?

You enter the mirror
and find a thousand
other selves each
about to enter
a mirror ...

You climb the mountain
and find what of course
you could not
expect — that vast sea
suspended, infinite.

How to step back
having uncovered
this, having reached
where one journey's end
uncoils a beginning.

You see yourself
approaching from
the distance — smile
when you meet
and pass on.

As the wave is water
and the flame fire
so are we wish
so are we desire
to break or to burn.



Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

Whatever they said
was said long ago.
Neither of them
is talking any more.

They choose not to look
at one whose back
is turned to us.
They could if they
wanted to. They
are not looking
anywhere at all.

Who would have thought
hell's walls could be
so bare? Not even
a clock to tick-tock
the moments.

Whatever lingers between
them will not
wait the night through.
Whatever has been seen
together will now be seen
alone.

And there will be time
to ask
where all the time has flown.


Shane McCauleyShane McCauley is a Perth poet. His published poetry collections include The Chinese Feast, Deep-Sea Diver and The Butterfly Man.

Topic tags: Three Poems by Shane McCauley. Rising in Love, Zen and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

 

 

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Congratulations, Shane McAuley. Language that moves elegantly, verses crafted with a lovely sureness.
Joe Castley | 10 June 2008


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