From ashen body starts the tale
In life’s water
I, a virgin rabbit of yin
In mercurial Kanya – become
From cradle to cane I breathe
In summer breeze, winter gale
Until I am naught to El Sol
But dusty memory of soil itself
When all is said and done
For dVerse Poets Pub – Gospel Isosceles asks us to be “In My Element” and do a little homework and discover what some of these cosmologies say about me.
I pull from:
- The Elements Earth (ash-soil), Water (amniotic fluid), Air (breeze/gale, Fire (El Sol- the sun),
- Astrology (Virgo – Western, a Yin Water born in the year of the Rabbit – Chinese, and Kanya ruled by Mercury – Vedic), and
- The Bible (ashes to dust)
I break me down to a quinta essentia* of self.
*According to Merriam-Webster: The word “quintessence,” is the offspring of “quinta essentia,” a word for the purest essence of a thing.
Raivenne, this is a tour de force response to the post, WOW! Fine write…
Thank you, Rob!
Concise and precise. I like how you started and ended with ashes and dust to reinforce that truth none of the cosmologies can deny.
“,,,that truth none of the cosmologies can deny.!” Amen. Thank you
I really love how you managed to fit a whole life into one… maybe we are all and everything in a lifetime.
Björn, over a lifetime I believe we are. Thanks.
I particularly like the last two lines, the fading back into the original elemental soil itself. I like the circularity and economy of this one.
beautiful completion of the cycle in your poem