My religion is:
These birds, those trees, this sky.
The sound of trains or children in a distance
And cars en route to work.
Cool air through the window.
The distinct taste of this cup of tea, with milk.

My religion is found:
In Footnote to Howl.
In the questing of Hypatia
And the musings of Aurelius
In the clarity of Baldwin
And the rhythms of Shange.

God(s) come(s) to me:
In the intensity of a gaze,
And the quicksilver flash of understanding.
In the movement of my lips upon a lover’s,
And the strobing nighclub lights on sweaty bodies.
In the silence of this morning’s contemplation.

Grace descends and rises:
Around a dinner table with good friends.
In the waters of the Weld Valley
Or the alleyways of Paris.
On California cliffs under the cypress
Where fat earthworms dig at loam.

My hermeneutics is:
The Hubble taking galactial pictures.
The x-ray diffraction parsing DNA.
Fuller’s triangles forming mind-domes
And every evidence of the number Phi:
The nautilus and sunflower, your body meeting mine.

Salvation comes:
This moment.
Look. Listen. Taste. Touch. Sense that
You are infinite and not alone.
You are center, but not apex.
You are part of some great Whole.

Wholly! Wholly! Wholly!
Power, light, and grace.
Wholly! Wholly! Wholly!
Shadow, love, and all unfolding time.

Know Thyself.
Know the World.
Know the Cosmos.
Know that you are God/dess,
(But not the only one).

Limitlessness distills in form.
Ever reaching…

10 Responses to “Pagan”

  1. Satyriscus

    Beautiful and simple, yet powerful. I may have to quote parts of this the next time I get asked “Well, what do, like, Pagans do…and stuff?” Thank you, Thorn!

  2. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    A very nice pantheistic hymn!

    I just have one question: in the fifth verse (the hermeneutics one), did you mean “Pi”? (Which is to say, 3.14159…?) “Phi” is, indeed, a Greek letter, and may very well signify some mathematical property or quantity, but it is different from “Pi.”

    I’m certain the gods have editors, too. (Probably Hermes, Thoth, and Seshat; and Hanuman, when he has time.) 😉

  3. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    I was thrown by the colon and then the references to things that (at least to me) are circular…alas. My apologies! (And my lack of knowledge in relation to some of the finer points of mathematics as expressed in Greek letters…Thank you, public school education!) And, I see from the link that the Fibonacci sequence is related to it…I know very little of that either, but knew that both the nautilus and sunflowers were the examples given on a display of that I saw once in the ninth grade (which our teacher never explained to us…).

    I wonder, though: given that the golden mean is, in some ways, connected to circular forms, and Phi is an aspirated form of Pi, if that’s why those particular Greek letters were chosen for the quantities…hmm. Where’s Pythagoras when you need to ask him such things?

  4. Kay

    Beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for speaking the words that are in my heart.

  5. David Salisbury

    Thank you for this offering to a beautiful day. I am once again reminded of how glorious it feels to be alive


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