Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Poem of the Day: “tunnels” by Shimon Palmer

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “tunnels” by Shimon Palmer.  A native of Michigan, Mr. Palmer lives with his wife and three children on his own small eco farm in the Judean desert.

tunnels
Shimon Palmer

feel your
way through the stone
labyrinth of chambers

inside.  close
your eyes in
the dark- let

the distant
candlelight from some-
where up

ahead in
the tunnel pull
your groping heart and

erring steps around
the corners, into the glowing
circle of its warmth.

Poet’s Notes:  This poem is about an experience or "vision" I had while meditating.  It describes a kind of search through various elements and layers of the psyche, the doubt and fear encountered on that search, and eventual contact with the Source, at the heart of Being.

Editor’s Note:  I especially like the image/concept of the heart finding the way through the tunnel, as well as the play on “chambers.”

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