Friday, February 26, 2010

See Kayaker

...image from the Patagonia website (July 2009)

When you took to the Carolinian ocean
that summer day,
did you know She was calling you?

The Siren...
She is alluring
and She will not be forsaken.

The you of You she desires to take,
you will surrender.

Her song intends to penetrate
the soul.

It will.

And, at the very moment you
realize you are unabashedly naked
in your Truth,
She has succeeded in her seduction.

The Siren asks:

"Of these salty tears upon which you come to me,
which are your own?

Which have you manifested through Others?

And, which are rightfully yours,
though still outcast by pride and
shame and fear?"

"Be attentive gentle man,"
she urges.
"Within each, shed by Grief or Joy,
is the chemistry for Life support -
the alchemical possibility of
buoyancy upon the waves and tides
of this Water Planet."

That stirring and questioning
within you
about monsters in the
dark depths,
that's Her way of saying:

"You must let yourself
be devoured by the dangerous
beasts in your abyss
before I shall release you
to the shore,
Before you will truly know
your footing on the
shifting sands of Fate."

She has made no mistake
in inviting you to meet her
where the bodies of the worlds
explore each other’s touch.

Here you will feel their union
within your own being.
Here you will remember
the reason you've chosen
this inhabitance.

The gull above and within you
calls out your True Name.

She and I look forward
to the day you declare it,
as a gift,
to the awaiting horizon.

(c) 2009-2013/Jamie K. Reaser
Published in "Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out: (

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