Sunday, May 31, 2009

Daylight

“Real mystics don't hide mysteries, they reveal them. They set a thing up in broad daylight, and when you've seen it it's still a mystery.” --G. K. Chesterton, The Incredulity of Father Brown

because a true mystery is hidden
not by opacity, but by depth
like a thousand fathoms of clear water.
No matter how much you see, there's
more there. So dive in and swim down
eyes open, and don't hold your breath
until you get to the bottom--
there is no bottom.

And on the way the bright fish
beguile you, branches of precious coral,
treasures of the shark's kingdom.
Every fragment of this mystery
is worth seeing, worth the effort
however deep you dive, even if
you don't make it to the bottom--
there is no bottom.

Confounded by depth,
walk all the way around it in broad daylight
and it's still a mystery.

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4 comments:

Deeptesh said...

hi…I’m back with my love poems.Please keep visiting and commenting as u all have always done.Thanks to Gautami once again for this splendid forum…..and may the train keep rolling with music all through this month.

And…oh yeah….if u r visiting me, don’t forget to leave your comments.

http://deepteshpoetry.blogspot.com/2009/05/boatman-and-some-love-songs.html

Deeptesh said...

oops...I pasted my poetry train comment here!Anyway loved the surreal element in ur poem.N c my poem too.

Lion-ess said...

I love poems on mysteries and the unknown.

Michelle Johnson said...

Exploring the unknown is exciting, adventurous. We just have to keep our eyes open to the possibilities before us. Well done. Have a nice day.