FIVE LONGWOOD POEMS, on my first summer at East Longwood near Euroa

FIVE LONGWOOD POEMS, on my first summer at East Longwood near Euroa



The rocks, millennial, are there,

touched by every force and weathered,

bearing the touch of every season,

real, eternal.

Oh, to be rock!



The vortex turns and turns

in geometric increase.

Spinning upon itself and extending through reality,

concentrating into a singly column,

so intense and fine,

it explodes into a new dimension.



These trees, this gravel and rock,

this nature so broad, so beautiful,

this warm wind from the south, humid and blowing strongly,

  • all is mine.

It is my domain

in which I walk.

It is me, my other body, my clothing.

It burns me, this sun

and this wind caresses me.

It burns my body and I bear its tattoo.

It forms me;

I have become incarnate in it;

now it is me and I am it.



The heat of summer

the large dry rocks and granite soil:

– here I will find truth,

the blinding truth that is my light.



Stripped of all things yet robed with all!

The scalpel honed, refined,

of purest metal, the quintessence of technology,

is held so delicately, so adroitly.

It cuts away all that is unnecessary,

pares away, leaving pure flesh

About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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