Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday Poem - Solar

On a gray day, when the sun
has been abducted, and it's chill
end-of-the-world weather,
I must be the sun.
I must be the one
to encourage the young
sidetracked physicist
working his father's cash register
to come up with a law of nature
that says brain waves can change
the dismal sky. I must be the one
to remind the ginger plant
not to rest on the reputation
of its pungent roots, but to unveil
those buttery tendrils from the other world.
When the sky is an iron lid
I must be the one to simmer
in the piquant juices of possibility,
though the ingredients are unknown
and the day begins with a yawn.
I must issue forth a warmth
without discrimination, and any guarantee
it will come back to me.
On a dark day I must be willing
to keep my disposition light,
I have to be at the very least
one stray intact ray
of local energy, one small
but critical fraction
of illumination. Even on a day
that doesn't look gray
but still lacks comfort or sense,
I have to be the sun,
I have to shine as if
sorry life itself depended on it.
I have to make all the difference.

Thomas Centolella, Solar from Views From Along the Middle Way

The American Buddhist poet Thomas Centolella makes his home in California and teaches at Marin College. His published poetry volumes include Terra Firma, Lights and Mysteries and the Views From Along the Middle Way. Every single poem is luminous reading and a rare treat.

1 comment:

Dianna Woolley said...

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