Calling this place your Heart
does not make the way clear.
It is nearer than that, closer than our lips when they meet
like an arrow of wine striking the vigilance of a ruby.
Every spark from this wound is a poem about our hidden fire.
Remain awake in jasmine-scented darkness, sleeplessly singing
Shiva's name, your very breath his paramour, the Goddess Shakti.
Evaporate your blood into the night, chanting "Shivo'ham!"
Let this sound be a medicinal thorn to remove the deeper thorn
of wanting. Shakti's sigh alone cannot find its alphabet.
Jesus and Magdalene meet and touch, first gently
in the garden, and later with
flames in your solar plexus,
where love's only song is a sky of boundless listening.
Above the moon-bathed neem and champa leaves,
the kunj heavy with heart-mango, swirling supernovae pause
like sudden intuitions in the mind of Shambu.
God is as shocked to awaken in You
as You are to awaken in God.
Stop pretending any of this is outside your body!
All these galaxies, gardens, and lovers dissolve
in the glittering blackness beyond your belly button.
Meditation begins when prayer becomes its own answer.
The diamond of breathlessness
is both empty and full.
In prayer, you ask the Christ and all his heavenly hosts
to reveal your destiny, your duty, your work.
But in meditation, Christ and
his hosts entangle
their cilia with the neurons of your thalamus,
weaving the hyphae of their soma through your flesh.
They ARE your destiny, and You are their anatomy.
This very breath is your mother tongue,
more ancient than the Torah or the Vedas.
Let your exhalation be a milk-offering,
poured upon the lingam of your own spine.
Let your praises inebriate the Earth.
You are the oblation, and You
are the flame.
You are the ghee, You are the nectar,
You are the green fire of Spring.
Don't stop pouring, don't stop perishing into love-sparks!
At dawn, drink from the
breasts of El Shaddai,
Who is both bride and bridegroom;
Who wields a lethal trident
with three prongs,
Consciousness, Matter, and Bliss,
and whose five elements are