11. Tending to the Garden

Tending to the Garden I. Great is the bee whoTends well to his garden,He works all his life and yetNe’er does he harden. II. “What’s good for the beeMust be good for the hive,”That’s the motto he lives byThat keeps him alive. III. He knows what he doesAnd he does that “does” well,He cares for […]

6. I Eat the Fruit

I Eat the Fruit I. I eat the fruit that growethIn the middle of the garden —The fruit that is forbidden  —,Hoping God, my soul, will pardon, II. For I have heard sweet whispersThat such fruit can bend the mind,Giving wisdom to young poetsWho would seek, in hope to find. III. I sit beneath that tree […]

3. “Nosce Te Ipsum,” Whispers My Soul

“Nosce Te Ipsum,” Whispers My Soul How may I look, and see?How may I listen, and hear?How may I feel, and know?How may I comfort my weary soul?How may I discern truth? How may I be guided by wisdom? How may I sing praise to THE ONE? How may I give my best? How may I conquer my worst? How […]

2. I Tread Softly There

I Tread Softly There I. Ferns grow in the valley,They block out sun and sky,A dark and weathered hew of green,Some natives passing by. II. They make no fuss about their way, And neither do they rush,They stop to marvel at the stream Which trickles ‘neath the brush. III. Their mongrel boldly watchesFor intruders in the scrub,A […]

Looking to the West

LOOKING TO THE WEST ROCCO JARMAN Sometimes we will not find what we are looking for because it is not there. If we can give up on it, we discover something similar, but altogether different, something surprising and humbling is instead, waiting loudly somewhere else. Rocco Jarman LOOKING TO THE WEST the most spectacular sunrise, […]

The Promise of Dawn

THE PROMISE OF DAWN ROCCO JARMAN THE PROMISE OF DAWN sometimes a new dawn has already arrived modestly and unheralded while we were still sleeping, while we were still warming our unmade beds, the uncovered graves of who we were just yesterday. it arrived quietly, even as the first motions of birdsong were passed, to […]

The Pilgrim (The Call)

THE PILGRIM (THE CALL) ROCCO JARMAN THE PILGRIM (THE CALL) A Hermetic Poem by Rocco Jarman Here I am, a traveller, on my way to where, I do not know. The child of two houses, with no home. There exists in me, the reigns and traces of my past, holding me to nature and to […]

Ladders in the Sky

Ladders in the Sky Ladders in the sky, Who taught you to climb To the heavens above us That we too may find That glorious vision— That splendour Divine? Ladders of the sky, Who taught you to climb? Waves of this ocean, Who brought you to me? How far have you travelled That I too […]

Ladders to God (The Poetic Mandalas)

Ladders to God The Poetic Mandalas Part I. Catch this, spoke my soul. Sing the song which thou hearest in thine own heart. Know the dragon which lives within thy being.Glide through the canopy of eternity with culture by thy side. Heed the call of adventure. Thine ancestors have built thee a Walled Garden. It’s […]