Translation of Light / Ruhama Veltfort

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POEMS
Opening
Sandscape
Shrapnel
Lost Child
Brooklyn, 1963
La Sirena
Zhikr
Susan, Number Four

Early Bird Sutra
Why the Boddhisattva Came
   to Battery Street: 7:55 AM

The Lightning-Struck Tower
The Well
Why Monks Are Fat
Retreat
Meada in Two Worlds

Looking at the Vault
   of Heaven

Translations from the Spanish:
Song of the Lovers
Dark Night: Climbing
   Mount Carmel

Flame

 

 

The Well

Drilling down, down, down
Breaking through crust and mantle
Mud and debris whirl and splatter the air —
And still the drill
Spins deeper, deeper.
We have maps and instructions
from geologists of centuries
But it is the pull and the pulse of the treasure below —
Finer than water, or gold, or oil —
That draws us down
Through rock and sand and muck —
Deeper, deeper!
Our treasure trusts us to keep drilling.

   © Ruhama Veltfort, 2010  

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