26 December 2014

Contemplation

StatueThe Spirit of Contemplation by Albert Toft.



Shhh.  Silence is helpful.  How the eyes
unfocus presence.  How the limbs and head
rest without heaviness in the ready 
spirit of the celebrant.   Presence has 
anchored this moment but not in real time.

Silent contemplation glows much brighter
than the temple it occupies--address,
place, building, body and chakra—all fade
to hold its object, to stretch  itself out
and apart from setting altogether.

And here, sustained in its new container,
grows relationship with God, kinship with
neighbors and comfort with self. On this rock
of contemplation possibilities
grow, great civilizations rise and fall.



Posted for the Happy-New-Year Poetry Pantry at Poets United.


Copyright © 2014 S.L.Chast 




25 comments:

Vandana Sharma said...

When one wit hgod, all our questions will be answered:)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the whole idea of the "rock of contemplation" as the platform for presence and possibility. LOVE the closing lines! Am envious that you are writing. I am exhausted. One more day of feeding a houseful of people then I hope to lie down!!!!

Sweeper of Dreams said...

Ooh, how the eyes unfocus presence - a shift away from the mundane and into something magical, universal, invisible, felt. Beautiful.

Kenia Cris said...

My new favorite of yours. Maybe it speaks so loud to me because I find it difficult to be good company for silence.

Mary said...

I really like the way you have described all the benefits of silent contemplation, Susan, & how so much can be accomplished through this.

Gabriella said...

Your words resonate strongly in a world that has to be be abuzz with one piece of news or another. Yet it is only in the silence that we can hope to connect to the divine and others.

howanxious said...

The power of contemplation is wonderfully expressed in your words. I agree with Gabriella... of the importance of a silent contemplation, to actually know the violent realities of today's world and their despairing results. I wonder of the change that would come if we all as humans wait, sit silently and introspect for a while.
Powerful verse. It reminds me of Robert Frost's writing.
-HA

Björn Rudberg said...

To live with silence in this way is really excellent - but it takes training.. I hope more could learn.

totomai said...

Escaping from the chaos of the world - a contemplation in silence is much needed. It can also be a venue of feeling His presence.

Happy New Year Susan.

Grace said...

That last stanza moved me Susan ~ And I find that as we grow older, silence and contemplation becomes more meaningful, and becomes comfortable under our skin ~

May the new year bring you love, kinship and peace ~

Loredana Donovan said...

Contemplation is a great reminder as we start the new year ~ looking back and looking ahead as well to keep moving forward. Happy New Year, Susan :)

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

a statue in silence symbolizing lifelessness...contemplation is for the onlooker....the reader the seeker...

Myrna R. said...

sustained in its new container,
grows relationship with God, kinship with
neighbors and comfort with self.

I love these thoughts and strive for them. What a beautiful poem to start the New Year. Have a happy one Susan

Truedessa said...

On a rock of contemplation we all need to take in a moment of silence as it helps in understanding the journey and our choices in life. Happy New Year!

consciouscacophony said...

"on this rock of contemplation, possibilities grow"---this is such a gorgeous line and the imagery it evokes is stunning.

Poet Laundry said...

Silence can be so helpful. The serenity of silent contemplation, so centering. Happy New Year, Susan!

Delaina said...

"How the eyes unfocus presence." Brilliant poem Susan!

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

Love this! 'Presence has
anchored this moment but not in real time.' Wonderful poem - thank you!

G L Meisner said...

Great poem on such a simple concept.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Silent contemplation and its greatness.... love the poem... :-)

Happy New year to you ...

R.K. Garon said...

There was always a great pause for me in the great and magical mantra of the Legendary Prayer... "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; (NOTE: and the Kicker is...)
WISDOM to KNOW the DIFFERENCE."
Great personal civilizations have fallen along with their future, ...without contemplation, centering, or discernment.
A very thought provoking piece
ZQ

rallentanda said...

How can great thought be achieved without silent contemplation and how sad it is that it is almost impossible to achieve for so many in this busy world with its emphasis on inter connectedness constantly !

Arathi Harihar said...

happy new year Susan...contemplation in silence is such a beautiful way..

Old Egg said...

What an art silent contemplation is. A great relaxer in life where importance is relegated to the back seats.

kaykuala said...

Silent contemplation glows much brighter
than the temple it occupies

The power that lies dormant is the one most powerful when unleashed. All the good if it also comes with goodness! Great lines Susan!

Hank