Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stephen Morrissey: Reincarnation

We meet again, again flesh
and blood, again bone, tendon
and memory. Events of old lives,
clothes divested as I diverted
the past in meeting you,
in meeting you again
and again and again
into infinity
Forty years of waiting for you,
a dark delirium of the soul,
we met apparently for the first time
but home is where we are together
in this room, this house,
the two square feet we occupy
in a single embrace. The embrace
of memory, bred in muscle, eating
or favoring one side in sleep,
falling asleep in your arms.
The arms of many births,
deaths, incarnations of
gods and goddesses,
Bardic voices, Druid's potion.
Listen, we share the sounds and sights
of a summer's evening. fireflies
across a field seeming
distant but as close as
a hand before your eyes,
breath on the back of your neck;
or is it the darkened field
and firefly lights
repeating their journey
between this life and that?
With you I have
returned home, not a place
where walls enclose silence,
but soul meeting soul
in the ancient movement of time
I lie asleep on the floor
ear pressed to the darkness
and hear the hum of earth,
the generations of families, priests,
and existence of all living things
like listening, ear to a pregnant
woman's belly, baby's rapid
heart beat; shadows fall hundreds
of feet, listen into the soul
of man preparing for its journey
of final sleep, we came
from here and return, forgetful
of our origins, or of the father
and mother who created us.
I hope you enjoyed this beautiful poem found once again by my mother. It was astonishing to me as I began to read and really listen to the words the poem is trying to speak, very well I think, because I think this poem is tied in directly (through its words) to my relationship with who I refer to as "Diego" in my writing. I have obviously not even decided what reincarnation 'is' or what might cause it. But I am now one-hundred percent certain that "Diego" and I knew each other from somewhere else previously. It is also interesting because "Diego" made an odd reference to me one night some time ago that should have hit me on the head like a ton of bricks that relates to 'my story' of the feelings that brought me towards belief in reincarnation-so it is indeed kind of a double whammy so to speak. I must tell 'my story' of what started this cascade of feelings very soon-perhaps I will start the next time I post. I will also be trying to do other things here, so no worries for anyone who is getting bored with this-it is very important to me for some reason to tell this story. Peace, best wishes and happy new year to anyone stopping by!


at67gr said...

Daniel 12:2
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
John 3:36 is that those that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ hath everlasting life and he that believeth not on the Lord Jesus Christ shall not see live but the wrath of the God abideth on him.
Ephesians 2:8-10. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

Devin said...

at67-I definitely take it you are not a believer in this at all-I appreciate you taking the time to comment-but would also encourage you to open your mind to some of the passages in the bible that suggested there were 'many mansions' and other parables that at least to me would lean towards some thought at the time that all of god's work was or could be understood by man-remember also -the bible has been messed around with by human minds-there are books which probably should be in it and some that should probably not be in it-just some food for thought-i do not hold to any particular religion-but i do feel that mankind is part of something much vaster than what we can see, touch and hear in our everyday lives-thanks for stopping by and happy new year!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely poem - very inspiring.

Devin said...

Hi Aggie-thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I really loved this one also-this is one of those poems that as I read it more I like it more. Best to you as always!

Unknown said...

Great poem. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes there are stories that are clawing at our insides and they need to come out. Sounds like you have one brewing. I'm sure it will be an excellent read for all but for you I feel t will also be very therapeutic. The retelling of the story will be a great journey for you.

Devin said...

Ricardo-thanks so very much for stopping by and taking the time to comment-I must have been working on the above post as you were commenting-As I had to edit the post no less than 4 times already I was on it quite a while. Thanks for the great and hard work at your place-Not only is Xspot a treasure in itself I have found other fantastic blogs like yours by visiting Xs place-peace and best to you-hope you are having a wonderful new year so far!

Alex Robinson said...

Hi Devin
Wow - poems like that are where I prefer to find truth - what a tremendous mix of feeling & understanding of the 'extended' version of life.
Surely we must meet again & again with those we know - but why O why do we keep losing them too??? It was only some time after my son was born that a recognition came & I had this thought-feeling of 'Ohh I didn't realise it was you'

Word verification - mendsl - 'mends well'? - 4 You?

I hope you are indeed well, all the best

Devin said...

wise -again as always so great to see you here! I can't tell you how much I appreciate yours and others thoughts and musings on the reincarnation stuff-especially because I am not sure what my own story really 'is'! I think like you in an awful lot of ways-to some folks reincarnation is very beautiful and mysterious-and in some ways if it is 'true' I think this way also-but-I also see the terribleness of a lot of it-why would we have to go through the pain of losing each other again and again-if there are subtle planes of reality-as I believe there are -why can't we be there more? or are we -and its just that when we are in human form time is so stretched and yet compressed in a way that all we see is this truly beaautiful in some ways to some people-but also truly horrifying to other folks-just think of the number of humans killed by the wars and political oppressions of the 20th century alone! I love it when you talk about your family-I am hoping you and your family are having a beautiful 2009 so far-besides my health-and it is actually ok right now-just need to figure out why I am losing weight at such a fast rate-it has been great for me-yesterday I got to be with the other 3 members of my immediate family-and this is kind of rare-even tho we live close-it was wonderful! thanks to them-my brothers knowledge of all things mechanical especially I now have use of a car again-it will really help as I have a lot of dental and dr appts this month!

Stephen Morrissey said...

Hi Devin,

I wrote this poem and I'm really happy to see it on your website and that a few other people like it as well.I wrote it for my wife who I met in 1991 and we're still together now in 2009. It's a love poem, a metaphor for finding your soul mate. Devin, I wish you the best of luck in your journey through this life.

Best wishes,

Stephen Morrissey

Devin said...

Stephen -I can't put into words how happy I am that you are happy to see your lovely poem here!! I was having the worst time finding a poem to fit the reincarnation theme at the time -and my mom found this and it was so perfect! I am very happy you found your soul mate also and wish you great joy in lifes journey also! Best wishes to you and thanks so very much for stopping by!!