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Paradise Hope Lost

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Rhyme: Attribution to sixteenth century English poet, John Milton: Paradise Lost poem; Pandemonium, a temple of fallen angels; a poem on his blindness,"...who only stand and wait...". Also to Buddhist Sandskrit mantra "On Mani Padme Hum"(the Jewel of the Lotus) and Nirvana, a Eastern after life state similar to Paradise or Heaven in Western religious tradition.



Piercing through the leafy, bucolic overgrowth
I seek beyond vines 'n streams to find my way.
A mythic path into the tempting foliage
or enlightened trail to nature's knowledge.
I confess, my lifetime's voice has been unreliable
yet, I'm certain my inner truth is viable.
Milton's epic sin verse sustained my child mind
later left me hungry for more to ponder, more to find.

Darkness visible to the temple Pandemonium
nature's light beams reveal "On Mani Padme Hum".
Tug a bit on earthly muck and you shake us all.
Hell's beguiling murkiness made the eternal fall.
Wonderment of awe: what's right in this place,
life emergent, goodness here, evil leaves little trace.

Science changed the mystic tales of the middle ages.
Can't accept the historical theories of the sages.
Study deeper the spirit beneath bible stories.
Rise up in hope! Therein lies the human glories!
The courageous bravely entering Nirvana's gate.
Paradise belongs also to those who only stand and wait.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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