Art & Poetry by Sharon Lia Robinson



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Sharon Lia Robinson
2012 © Sharon Lia Robinson




CONTENTS

PRAYER / POEMS (for Meher Baba)

Sea, You Are All Of Me
Bind Me To You
Dancing Into Light
The Ancient One
Meher Baba's Voice
Myrtle The Turtle
He
For You (a dance)


IN THIS LIGHT

In This Light
Creator Of Light
Springtime Never Sleeps
Passion Flower
Embracing You
Thanks Be To Thee
For You (a blessing)

Three Breath Poems:
Breath Unfolds Sky
Breath Lights The Sky
Earth Unfolds Sky

Finally, In Silence
A Quiet Balance

Honey
Seder

 




SEA, YOU ARE ALL OF ME

I am a rock
emerging from the sea
my skin bleeds
weaves a tide of welcome

I am a stone
heavy and slimy
covered with moss and algae

I am a rock
emerging from the sea
my skin breathes
a new language

remembering your love
in silence,
sea, you are all of me.

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BIND ME TO YOU

in the nooks and crannies
of my mind
in the rivers and streams
beyond time

Meher Baba, may I remember you.

like flower to earth
like star toward sun
let the desert of my heart
receive your blessing

bind me to you

my heart my hands reach out
your hidden dream
erases all illusion

like sand to sea
honey to bee
leaf and flower to tree
bind me to you.
the world makes no sense
yet you are my recompense
your wealth binds me
to the poverty of this world

Meher Baba, may I remember you.

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DANCING INTO LIGHT

dancing in the darkness
before dawn breaks
my breath
slowly renewing itself
above whispers
invisible mountains

dancing in the light
of your infinite love
your grace gives me courage

I know the strength
of things unseen
I know the path
where none have tread

as I walk this invisible mountain
step by step
my feet move beyond
invisible boundaries
always dancing in the light
of your infinite love.

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THE ANCIENT ONE

I am the ultimate flower
I am the light within
fierce as the sun
direct as the wind
I live in the ancient
dwelling place
I live within.

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MEHER BABA'S VOICE

This you know
the mist moon
rises out of the clouds
and you are unafraid
because I love you

the white night
is streaked with dawn
and you are unafraid
because I love you
relax and feel
the power of my love.

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BREATH UNFOLDS SKY

breath unfolds sky
this early morning
of my life as I walk
safely to the market
for bread, olives and goat cheese
your presence a loving benediction.

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MYRTLE THE TURTLE

Myrtle the turtle walks
slowly across the sand

God works slowly
within me
for that is who I am.

Thank you God,
Thank you Myrtle,
Thank you sand.

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HE

He drinks the music
of our laughter
softly safely touching
space and sky

He favors the music
of our dance
He smiles
Love Supreme

Cradling that glimpse
of love and truth
inside each smile

He knows
His passion lives
Krishna beneath our eyelids.

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FOR YOU
(a dance)

I dance
to the beauty of your guitar
I dance
to the beauty of your flute
I dance for the tambourine
I dance for the sea
I dance to the drums
I dance
and you are my ocean.

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IN THIS LIGHT

in my room at dusk
I light gold candles
I drink bancha tea

the jade plant
the gold lamp
keep me company

an angel
plays the accordion
in this light...

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CREATOR OF LIGHT

creator of light
enfold me
in your light
protect me
guide me safely
as I face my shadows
gently safely
finding following unfolding
my own authentic light.

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SPRINGTIME NEVER SLEEPS

springtime never sleeps
it lingers dormant
in our imagination
until the next
rebirth of new
commands our view
giving us a glimpse
of our own
ongoing possibilities
forever emerging
like a glimmer
of sweetness and renewal
secretly lingering
all year
within the dark
midnight of sacred hibernation.

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PASSION FLOWER
(passiflora coccinea)

(There is a legend that when one picks a passion flower, drinks the nectar and then tosses the petals while making a wish, one can actualize their dream).

I drink the nectar
of the passion flower
and toss the bright red petals
into the clear rocky stream
my hands touch the earth
find one smooth round stone
waterfalls dance to the ocean.

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EMBRACING YOU

you came to me quietly
you didnít take me by storm
you spoke your message silently
and my spirit was reborn

I still remember your silence
before the midnight rain
I still truly feel
the harmony in the song
that has no refrain

barefoot walking on the beach
your silence beyond my reach
calls me to listen

your gifts
mirror my longing
your music sparkles with laughter
an ancient echo
of a hidden prayer
blossoming

silent connection
inner reflection
stealing replacing magnifying
the simple truth
within your love

I am entering the calm sea
her ripples seduce me
I am casting myself
within her net
the web of safety
at home in this life

discovered
in the desert of my desire
you are a new moon
seed of opening

mystic sliver of rainbow
in silence
I find my different knowing

asleep so long
we rise
to grasp our beginnings

so swift this river
running its course
seeking passage
always turning
beyond what I know

time carries the river
to our doorstep

embracing you
I linger to receive
the blessing gently unveiled
in silent illumination.

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THANKS BE TO THEE

my ancient one
at setting sun we speak as one
my ancient one
at rising sun we meet as one
my ancient one you are with me
we join at sea
thanks be to thee.

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FOR YOU
(a blessing)

for you are
a special star
holding the light
near yet far

you know the key
to life is love
receiving guidance

from within, from above.

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BREATH UNFOLDS SKY

breath unfolds sky
this early morning
of my life
as I walk
safely to the market
for bread, olives and goat cheese
your presence
a loving benediction.


Notes from the Glossary of The Unvarnished Gospels
(Translated from the original Greek by Andy Gaus)

"Spirit (pneuma). This word, which contains an audible puff of air, is the regular word for 'breath,' and can even mean 'wind,' as in John 3:8. The notion of spirit as breath and breath as spirit links Christianity to such other major world religions as Hinduism and Buddhism, and is reflected in modern English by expressions like 'breathing life into an enterprise.'

"In this translation, (The Unvarnished Gospels) 'breath and spirit' are both used freely as the context of each passage may suggest, but in Greek the two are always one."

(When I wrote the poem "Breath Unfolds Sky" I did not know about the glossary notes from The Unvarnished Gospels).

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BREATH LIGHTS THE SKY

breath lights the sky
cloud embraces moon
laughter unfolding purpose

breath lights the sky
sun unfolds moon
laughter embraces sky

cloud haunts the moon
breath lights the sky
your presence
always with me

cloud embraces moon
your presence
like laughter
through silence

breath lights the sky.

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EARTH UNFOLDS SKY

earth unfolds sky
rain becomes you
beauty and blessing
earth unfolds
you become you

day begets moon
night falling
into the dream
night into the awakening
night into night

beyond darkness
a path emerges

you in slumber
you in innocence
you before you
the meaning
revealed unknown

the one who calls
the one who listens
forever together
let the one
who calls be heard

let the one
who calls
receive you
the Divine
Master of time
sing His praise

lose yourself
in the arms
of the Awakener

awakening your heart
as you learn
step by step
dancing to His tune

earth you are
and the sky
breath of listening
breath of light

cloud touches moon
now and forever
separate yet as one.

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FINALLY, IN SILENCE

finally, in silence
I came to see
the meaning of your light

the meaning
that gives birth
to myself

finally I can see
the meaning of the light

it is so unexpected
this grace
after years of toil

finally to see
some meaning in my death

years locked in prison
beyond repair I thought

finally I see
meaning in the pain
grace of reward

that the paingiver
is also the painkiller
this I see

in silence
I came to see
this new understanding

a new way to be
being with you
and never again alone...

finally to bend
to reach beyond this space
of lack or limitation

today the future is boundless
today I celebrate infinity.

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A QUIET BALANCE

all of my life
I have been
wishing for this star

a natural sense
within me
searching for the way

some bright light
yet not too bright
a soft and gentle breeze
yet the wind
not too strong

a balance
between two extremes

finding my place
sharing that place of knowing

finding that purpose
searching with others

giving voice
to the quiet
voice within

through intuition
the magical harmony
repeats itself

until I no longer
hear the discord

a quiet balance emerges
against all odds

I can share
who I am,
against all odds
a quiet balance emerges,
quiet remembrance.


HONEY

For Rosh Hashanah, Happy New Year to all

(Foods that are traditional to celebrate the New Year are apples and honey for a sweet year.)

honey
drips off a spoon

honey whispers
glowing drizzling flowing
like branches of the moon

we meet
in the whispers
of a honey blue

we meet
in the honeysphere.


SEDER

a glass of wine
in His divine time

a sunset view
a film noir clue

the touch of grace
to set the pace
beyond time or place

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