13 October 2015

New Prometheus*

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Mastery—what is that?
The beginning of the end, perhaps,
if we are harnessed to
our own poor devices—our gifts to humanity
displayed in global warnings for all to see—
life a bargain for a brief
small slice of mortality.

But let us rediscover fire—
this time emerging from our love of life,
aflame to know and brighten earth’s many parts—
including humans,
particles of rock,
and waves and atmospheres—
planet’s petals and roots
and marbled veins flowing with blood.

How not to harm?
Let us master that—
or, with love the motive—
throw away duality
to see more intricate
and delicate reality
connecting us to earth (our home and family) 
Imagine that!
Accepting all diminishes none.

Let’s rediscover fire in opened hearts—
know loving kindness gift and given,
warp and woof in coats of every color.
Let’s harness sparks of energy
as part of God’s answer
to scarcity and loss—
ever renewing love
not scarce at all. 




    *Prometheus (from Wikipedia): 
("forethought") is a Titan in Greek mythology, best known as the creator of mankind and its greatest benefactor, who gifted mankind with fire stolen from Mount Olympus. 

 For Sumana's Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Fire
(a very rough draft)

Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast



23 comments:

Gail said...

"Accepting all diminishes none..." What brilliant words!

The entire piece is wonderful.

Sumana Roy said...

"But let us rediscover fire— / this time emerging from our love of life,"...ah the world yearns for new Prometheus to heal...the poem has welled up from the very depth of a prayerful heart....

Sherry Blue Sky said...

First - I LOVE the quote about rediscovering fire through the energies of love. WOW!!!!!! So inspiring. Love "How not to harm? Let us master that." Yes. That would do the trick. A wonderful closing stanza..........one of my favourites of yours, my friend. Beautifully done.

Mary said...

Susan you take this prompt to a higher plane. We do need to rediscover fire in those open hearts. We need to renew that love, even the love that we didn't know we had. Your poem is perfection, Susan, as it so often is.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A beautiful fiery poem, based on a beautiful quotation. Love it all, and particularly the language and images of the second verse.

Old Egg said...

"How not to harm" What significant words they are when it comes to our sad custody of the Earth.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

I love the idea of rediscovering fire through the energies of love :D Fire has so much to offer and one has to see both sides - be it comfort or destruction. Beautifully executed!

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Jae Rose said...

Too often fire is seen as a destroyer and in many cases it is - but figuratively one needs fire in the belly..fire in the soul...warmth to give and receive...what a wonderful rediscovery that would indeed be

Anonymous said...

Am with you there..let us rediscover fire as humans!

Sreeja said...

Oh Susan! I think this is the poem I love most! Great craft and great thought!

Gillena Cox said...

i luv the promise of fire you share; have a good Wednesday

much love...

Panchali said...

"Let’s harness sparks of energy
as part of God’s answer
to scarcity and loss—
ever renewing love
not scarce at all. " Beautiful....I really try to leverage this energy and renewed sense of drive, Susan. Thanks for sharing the wonderful strategies!

kaykuala said...

this time emerging from our love of life,
aflame to know and brighten earth’s many parts

Fire in all of its glory to be of benefit to mankind. Yes, fire should rightfully be harnessed for its better use

Hank

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Rediscovering fire is one of the tasks poets set for themselves when they take up their instruments (pen, pencil, keyboard) to write. Sometimes the fire blazes, sometimes it fizzles, but it's always worth trying to revive its promises.

Holy Fire

claireylove said...

Well I was wowed from those two opening lines, and the rest didn't disappoint. Your lines are going to keep me thinking...

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Loved these lines "Let’s rediscover fire in opened hearts—
know loving kindness gift and given,"

Hannah said...

This feels like a prescription - a natural remedy for what ails us. Powerful, truthful writing, Susan.

Myrna R. said...

I don't know if it's the truths, or the weaving of your words that have pierced my heart. I am enthralled with this poem! I wish I could read it to the masses who seem to not know the answers, and keep going in circles. Susan, I love the quote from which your own creation sprung, and i love your creation.

Suzy said...

Let us discover the fire of love with open hearts. How lovely.

Gen Giggles said...

A great social justice poem. Well written.

Unknown said...

The heart can burn so brightly if its unimpeded. So inspiring Susan thank you

Scarlet said...

Love the message specially these lines:

Let’s rediscover fire in opened hearts—
know loving kindness gift and given,
warp and woof in coats of every color.

Grace

Intelliblog said...

Excellent allusion to Prometheus! Fire that aids mankind, fire that harms and destroys. The price of fire that we pay for dearly whenever it is is misused. I like the idea of rediscovery and mastery of something that is dangerous in the wrong hands or the hands of the fool, and the possibility of using it wisely...