Two Sydney Poems

THE GARDEN                               Sydney, May 1985

Where fires have raged,

where droughts have desiccated the land,

where floods have washed away all hope,

with sun beating down to crack the earth :

in this desert, a garden has been planted

with every variety of tree, with palm and pine;

fruits of every kind, pomegranate and mango;

and blossoms of orange, prunus and frangipani –

and here we walk, my friend, in a garden of delights.



THE ANTIPODES                     Sydney, Bondi Beach, May, 1985

Setting sail from rotten hulks ,

driven by winds roaring in the dark,

far from familiar faces and comforting fields,

shamed, uncertain, at the ends of the earth,

now we have reached, my lovely one, the other shore,

a desert of delights, cooled by the ocean,

warmed by a sun high and magnificent.

Here we stand, untrammeled,

living from ourselves, outside of time, in a strange new Eden.

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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