November 6, 2011

Here We Go Again by Swami Ramananda

By Swami Ramananda

Here We Go Again

an investigation took place

on my cushion this morning
a dozen suspect thoughts in a lineup
the witness identified every one

exposed, they fell silent
though guilty of impersonation
they were harmless and released

then the whole place faded
as a convincing dream dissolves
it disappeared––a curl of smoke in the wind
and a shimmering sea of pictureless sound
emerged in its place

am i forever bound by these phantoms––
shadowy figures whispering clever lies from alleyways

let me press my head even closer to the floor
take refuge in the secret hand
that somehow threads a needle in this darkness
that creates a path for me
even when i run in the wrong direction

let that boundless heart be my last home


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Over the next week, The Poetry of Yoga is releasing 1 poem a day from a published author in the Volume 1 Book.  Each author featured is hosting a release event for the book.  This third poem by Swami Ramananda coincides with the book release he is organizing in California:


Integral Yoga Institute will host an event entitled “Mystical Yoga Poetry: Visions of the Beyond” on Saturday, November 19th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at 770 Dolores St., San Francisco, CA 94110… to celebrate the launch of The Poetry of Yoga Book.  Contact email: [email protected].


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