Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This Great Burning

Photo: (c) Jamie K. Reaser

There is something within you
that you have been
relentlessly containing
for fear that its emergence
will cause you to
like a martyred monk
on an empty sidewalk.

Here ~
swallow this match.

Each one of us must
learn how to burn.

To burn away:
Limiting beliefs
anything that does not Serve.

To burn up:
Living our dreams
living our passions
for the gods’ sake, Living.

To burn,
As if we are the only holy book
that matters and every page
is inscribed with the still-wet ink
of Love.

I know that many of you,

those of you who courageously
converse through the ample language
of mystic bards,

remember The Burning Times.

That’s not what I speak of now.


We will never set the world aglow
by burning each other in bonfires
of hate or rage or self-loathing.

Truth be told ~

In those fires,
it is ice that claims the
most souls.


In this Great Burning,

the one I speak of now ~

In this Great Burning,

the fire must
spontaneously combust
from within.


you the one reading this poem,

You are meant to enlighten.

© 2011-2013/Jamie K. Reaser
Published in "Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life" (

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