19 November 2014

Recovery

Taijitu
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The promise of the Kingdom glimpsed here and now
is duality revealed as oneness
not opposition, not apposition.

Out with he/she, us/them, infinite/mortal
and other logical/Romantic dichotomies—
in with faith.

Though biology has its uses, both Science and Romanticism
give it up for inner unity and outward mystery,
accept paradox as revelatory.

I take off  glasses correcting vision to 20/20
to see reality and truth as they really are
blurred and crisp, universal and local.

I undo terminal screens and matrices to see 
the flow of substance in the dances
of molecules and particles.

I hear the dance constantly rebalancing terror / tender,
individual / community, and promises / truth
to see we see the dance by joining in.




Posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #228



Copyright © 2014 S.L.Chast



23 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

"duality revealed as oneness
not opposition, not apposition" ...excellent, Susan!
Luv, K

Stacy Lynn Mar said...

very profound writing. i found myself questioning the 'important' things in life.

Anonymous said...

We see the dance by joining in. That's going to undoubtedly stay with me for the next few days. Elliott

totomai said...

i kept on reading the third stanza. it is enveloped of metaphors - there are things around us but we are scared to admit its imperfections.

the relationship of 4th and 5th stanzas make this very interesting. a celebration for life.

oldegg said...

Somehow we have to accept our and others imperfections and incongruities. The important thing is to love life.

Björn Rudberg said...

Oh yes.. Sometimes we have to see reality in blurred vision to get it right.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Science understands blood, ventricles and arteries too clogged to do their job properly. But only belief understands a heart willing to bleed for love, pushing through all limits in order to be. Both have its uses, but when things are dire, the latter rules, methinks.

I love this.

Sumana Roy said...

I find "duality revealed as oneness" as the truth...I love how you go on analyzing in stanza after stanza with perfect analogies...a profound write...

Mary said...

What I see most strongly here is the idea of taking off those glasses which correct vision to 20/20 to see life as it really is....undoubtedly with all its complexities and flaws, rather than with the 'corrections' made by glasses. I think of the metaphor of seeing things 'through rose colored glasses' which can or cannot be a good thing. And the last stanza - life definitely is a dance, isn't it? Hopefully, in the end it all balances out!

Gabriella said...

My favorite is the 4th stanza and the idea that our perception of reality and truth is enhanced by removing glasses, not wearing them. A thought-provoking poem, Susan!

Gillena Cox said...

what an awesome poem, extremely luv this line "in with faith."

i needed to read that today

have a lovely Sunday

much love...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh, this is wonderful, especially "to see reality and truth as they really are / blurred and crisp, universal and local." And the "dances of molecules and particles". Beautiful, my friend.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

So profound words..:-) absolutely wonderful...

G L Meisner said...

Wonderful set of dichotomies, they really do illustrate the poem.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Fabulous analogies each I reread many times....but I particularly loved 'I take off glasses correcting vision to 20/20'....that is when there is real truth to be seen.

scotthastiepoet said...

Loved this Susan the true nature of duality unpeeled - just my kind of piece - thanks so much... With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

humbird said...

Love, Susan, your dance with duality, kind of 'goodbye' dance...to Oneness! x

Myrna R. said...

Yes, glimpses of the Kingdom reveal all as One. But paradox is definitely the dance we're in. Beuatiful write.

rallentanda said...

I like dancing but i would rather not join this one and keep the blinkers on....I'm a horse that's easily startled:) ....nature provides more joyful dancing with its swaying palm fronds than the death waltz that humans conjured up. !

Moonie said...

Do you think we see (feel) the dance more profoundly as we age? Does the 20/20 correction of our youth throw us off until we realize the true value of this life?
A profound piece with many questions taking us to more answers ( or dances)

James Toma said...

Susan. your poem is a dance of all sorts but what mainly caught my eye are the Arts (Romanticism) and Sciences (molecules and particles)...a whirlwind of so many things. Awesome!!!

Locomente said...

Very nice...
I loved this:
" take off glasses correcting vision to 20/20
to see reality and truth as they really are
blurred and crisp, universal and local."

So thoughtful!

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Susan this is great...I really love the profound words here about life....'I hear the dance constantly rebalancing' such a great line and one of hope!