Monday, February 15, 2016

Word of the Week - 102

Art by Pablo Auladell.
Word of the Week: SHELTER


If sanity is to survive
the tender, shivering soul must be protected
like an amicable affair.
a fa├žade against
an outside, hostile world.

a carapace must be erected:
a marble wall to conceal thought
of social inferiority;
distorted imperfection;
inherited burden.

search for the field of light celadon green;
seek the nine daughters of Zeus.
if you capture their aura
you are surely blessed;
for they arise and evaporate
in the flicker of an eye.

search for the daughters of Memory;
accept the gifts they bestow:
imagination, creativity, dreams –
Above all, seek shelter for your soul,
For destiny has condemned mankind to deception.

Ronnie Kerrigan

Thank you, Claire Beynon, for first sharing this poem.  That it popped up today suggested I let Ronnie Kerrigan speak for me until I find my own language about shelter, safety, about being vulnerable, fragile and temporary.  I hold the miracles of simply being, of being here, in higher regard with each passing moment.


Elizabeth said...

This: "search for the field of light celadon green"

Thank you for this, Marylinn.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Elizabeth - You are so welcome. Thank you for stopping here, sitting with me on my bench. I know you know all of which the poem speaks. I hope that vista is in front of you today and the ground under your feet is unexpectedly firm, substantial. xo

Claire Beynon said...

Oh, Marylinn, the last two lines (I had forgotten their tenderness and impact) -

"Above all, seek shelter for your soul,
For destiny has condemned mankind to deception."

Much love, and thank you xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Claire - And we are so in need of tenderness. Thank you for this gem, just waiting for me. Love, xo