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Monika John

Contemplation

 

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.

 

 

The Emptying

 

Belief in a separate self

is fading,

extinguished slowly

like a candle in droplets

of misty rain.    

            The cloak of identity

            gradually unravels

            until few rags are left

            in the tattered shape

            of an earlier me.

All other - body,

emotions, persona -

hang loosely

around my essence

like outworn clothes -

            my heart

            inevitably drawn

            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.