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VxPoem ID: 20699

Category:
pagan_spirituality

Posted: March 23rd. 2006 7:17:55 AM

Views: 1460

Be Hard, Be Soft, My Gentle Lover

by B. T. Newberg

Age Group: Adult



Be soft with thyself,
My gentle lover,
Yet in the proper time and place,
Know when to be hard:
Like the flint,
Whose severity sparks a fire
To rattle the doves from the bushes,
Like the prism,
Whose integrity shines
To catch the eagle's eye,
Like the oak,
Whose power endures
To bear the weight of creatures,
Like the plowshare,
Whose courage descends
To raze the bones of the dead,
And like the tentpole,
Whose uprightness rises
To support the home.

Are these things hard, my love?
But my way is not hard.
Above all be soft,
Like the water through reeds,
Whose cohesion yields
To reach the inmost depths,
Like the flying kite,
Whose principle bends
To cup the powering winds,
Like the falling leaf,
Whose pride detaches
To fly a final moment,
Like the melting snow,
Whose possessions share out
To moisten the seedling's root,
And like the inner palm,
Whose tenderness opens
To charity and pain.

Know when to be hard,
My gentle lover,
But above all be soft,
For only in softness do you perceive
The subtle breath upon your neck,
Or the whisper when I pass beneath.




Author's Notes: As a Naturalistic Pagan, I believe in evidence. There is no evidence that deities and magic are "real" in the most literal sense, but they may yet be moving and powerful. These poems are a tribute to the inspiration of Pagan ways.

For more information on naturalism, see HumanisticPaganism.com.


Author's Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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