MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! A Spiral Scratched Into An Ancient Irish Gravestone

A centre and an expansion
a life centred expanding
the force of the centre whirls
a life without limit but it says
a centred life what gods the centre
does not tell but a centre
and from there a spiral
which has a beginning but no end
the life shaping the death the death
shaping the life it seems this life
that life could not be told
need not be told
every life drawn here
drawn because it could not be spoken
even in a lilting Irish voice
speaking a spiral sentence for
Irish sentences are like spirals
the centre expands without limit

the life was lived in the circle of the year
that comes round again sowing harvest
yet never back to the same place
as the mind the vision the experience expands whirls out
like a wild dance celebrating birth marriage death
yet passes the familiar place each season
and love love for the world
expands into a holy love
spiralling without limit yet never forgetting the centre
like a child on a gate swinging
knowing it’s safe because of the hinge
it knows but does not know
for others made the hinge

and now we read the spiral on a gravestone
tracing back from infinity to the source
everything that has an outward
everything that has an inward
and so there is no need for words
the spiral like a poem about life
read it forwards read it backwards
read it with thanks see it as grace
the thick green grass curls over it
the lichen yellow orange green
placed like a lizard
blesses this the most eloquent
gravestone in all the world
in a green field the clouds white
the sky blue this is the centre
of the spiral here now and
there is no ending to the spiral
the gravestone says
but a starting yes

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Comments (8)

At first glance I imagined the subject to yield something about Mexicana petroglyphs. It wasn’t, but no sweat, it came near enough to entertain. Read mine - I Cannot Return - Adeline
the mystique. food for the soul, for this humble soul today. thanks friend, john
The mysterious spiral is found in many cultures and symbolises the search within-journey to connect the soul.If I could rate your poem I would give a ten with many stars.Lovely very direct piece.Thank you.
Over 1,000 poems...that's awesome in itself. Poetry rules lol..
You have captured the spirit of the ancient irish You words took me there I see you have had a varied career like myself a jack of all trades what I call being educated in the university of life
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