October 01, 2009

Arise, a poem by Andrew Taylor, Oct 01, 09


Remember
that dust thou art
and unto dost shalt thou return.


but remember too that you house fire
(in the ancient myth your fore-bearer stole it from the gods)
in your hands it means your power
that which you are estranged from -
that which expresses something in your nature,
and reminds us of the self we go in and out of by turns,
in the interplay of fire with the unruly fragments of the will


and in the end we will shine
glorified in mortal wounds
and judge the earth by fire
Stir up
Cast fire
floundered in a heart that's not yet flesh:

clean and spare,
bend to your power and shine

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