As If the Earth Were Hollow

As Professors James and Lewis said, each For a different reason, we humans always Get it all backwards, never understand What are our causes or our effects. That is, I know I am praying if I’m on my knees, Know I am sad if I’m crying: the tears Come first, the feelings later..   Perhaps, [Read More…]

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Announcing: The Road of Excess: Part I, To the Goddess.

The Road of Excess, as  the first installment of my autobiography, covers up to 1968. It is now available on Amazon as a paperback and as a Kindle e-book. It’s not easy to describe what’s in it. Isn’t it all about me? No, it’s not, being intellectual autobiography, in which my life is mostly a [Read More…]

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A Dissertation on the Problem of Free Will

Suppose the Lady made us that we may love Her. Suppose She already loves us as a mother Falls in love with her first-born child, And we are each of us that child. Love is not love unless I give it freely. So I must be free even to doubt Her Or choose not to [Read More…]

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The Word Creates the Thing It Names

Not ex nihilo, out of nothingness, For nothingness does not exist. The word selects what adds up to a name From all the possibilities we might perceive. We see what we name; the name comes first.                         Truth bore names into our world for love of us,                        Because we cannot learn it without [Read More…]

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Nihil Humanum

[ I should note that this is from 1997, at the worst of my illness.]    Seven red temptations have I felt: Of seductive bitterness at the edge Where I begin to descend into clinging Fog, turning light grey, dark grey, black.   Of relief as I return to my sweet abuser.   Of the [Read More…]

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Faith

In the holy of holies The boy from the hearth Has already drunk the juice From her sacred poppies. He is not afraid As he is swung through the fire That can be seen from miles away. When the swing returns, On it is a black ram. On its fleece the initiates Will stand next [Read More…]

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Baptism

As his right arm supports me, I hold his left arm with both hands. Gently he lowers me Back, down, beneath the surface.   In the water, undeceived, From the angels’ bonds relieved, I by mercy now reprieved From the cell where first Eve fell. All of Heaven in me dwells. I know the Wisdom [Read More…]

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The Allegory of the Diamond

But this is not about pyramids,hexagons, the hardness of diamonds, it is about understanding the Gods. [Read more…]

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Be just as we face corruption

Toynbee’s paradigm, that the collapse of a civilization begins when the creative minority is replaced by a dominant minority, applies to the current situation in our country. The dominant minority in this case consists of straight white males who claim to be Christian, but whose only value is selfishness. Their domination can be ended if [Read More…]

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Are You Living in a State of Delusion?

George Gurdjieff, among others, pointed out that the vast majority of humans live in a state of delusion, being ignorant of their own nature, of the nature of consciousness, and of the nature of physical reality. Are you one of the deluded? The deluded, of course, never know that they are deluded. The existence of [Read More…]

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