This week in Poetics over at the dVerse Poets Pub, we are asked by our genial host Laura to step away from all that is distracting us, all that is bringing us down and be inspired by the poets whose thoughts turn to the mystical or spiritual. This is to mark Bhodi Day (8th December), when Siddharta Gautama achieved enlightenment and became the Buddha.
Please do hop over to dVerse, read the contributions and why not take part yourself?
Here is my offering, inspired by the line below:
My heart was split, and a flower appeared (Solomon)
I count them, not to accumulate the seeded wealth
but to honour your blessings, your beauty within.
For your lips are like the crimson thread
that connects each ruby-polished pearl nestled within
and I kiss them in awe, in delight, oh, in reverence.
My mouth lovingly caresses your shimmering jewels,
hesitant – and yet, and yet
I may not refrain from the glories within.
I am entranced by you, your eyes, your brow, your radiant skin,
your covering cannot shroud you, cannot conceal you from my gaze
I have split you open and your beauty is mine.
613 – I count them.
They are yours – and maybe, one day, mine.
This poem is also inspired by an extract from Song of Songs, which is also known as the Song of Solomon. In Jewish tradition, pomegranates are seen as a symbol of fertility and love (“Your lips are like a crimson thread; your mouth is lovely. Your brow behind your veil [gleams] like a pomegranate split open”). They are also associated with the 613 mitzvot (commandments), because they are said to have 613 seeds (in reality they don’t, sadly!).