Inner silence opens prison doors
of compulsive cravings,
thaws frozen eddies of wayward thought,
embracing form and formless.
It loosens shackles of painful attachments
awakening hunger for ultimate freedom.
Ambitions to reach even blissful heavens
fade in its deepening intimacy.
Silence abides in the Unmanifest
where separation has never been.
Quiet contemplation uncovers heart wisdom -
that all being expands in timeless perfection
in each and everything created
from depraved sinners to exalted saints,
and that truth will be known
when even the most profound revelations
have lost their reason for being
and all words ever spoken
have dissolved in emptiness more fully
than clouds in windswept skies.
Belief in a separate self
like a candle in droplets
of misty rain.
The cloak of identity
until few rags are left
in the tattered shape
of an earlier me.
All other - body,
emotions, persona -
around my essence
like outworn clothes -
by the longing
to be hollow
as a flute.
May the seeds
of my wanting
dry up this lifetime -
that the empty hull I become
can know the indwelling spirit.
Monika John’s recent poems were published in the 2012 anthology “Tagore Inspired” Sampad UK, Buddhist Poetry Review, Quiet Shorts, Presence Int’l Magazine, Sai Newsletter USA, Penwood Review, Fungi and Urthona Magazine. Scheherazade’s Bequest (France) will publish a story and poems in 2013. Earlier poetry appeared in various magazines in the US and in the UK.
Educational background: MA in Literature from the University of California, Irvine, J.D. Loyola University, Los Angeles, California.