michael oliver

(13-4-1948 / swansea)

My Holy


While at Christian tea over the desk
Asked the white collared guru
So what is Holy?
The gentle claptrap of church speak
Orbiting about praise and acknowledgement
So God is a celestqal numb nuts?
OK. Yeah. But what is Holy?

About this parrotted litany
Could you survice Rilke's angel?
Lust for Michealangelo's cosmic erato?
Has the horse tossed you off on the way to Damascus?
Is the knife ready to cut the throat?
Heard the hurricane blast as infinitesimal whisper?
Shouted at the pain Lemi Lemi Sabacthani?
Where is the kick of Zen?
Where the shock of resonance?

As dusk approached - simply - drawing
a BB on white paper
Focus - an early spring bud
So before me this trial
Observed - and mystery - Holy
This prosaic becomes an infinity
And yesterday just a tangerine
Some Chinese ink, a brush, movement
A Shaman danced on rice paper

Submitted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (My Holy by michael oliver )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 3 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Rising Evil, SREEJITH KULAPARAMBIL
  2. Orphan, Dipankar Sadhukhan
  3. Verbum Caro, Translation of Pierre Emman.., T (no first name) Wignesan
  4. ''Heartbeat'', Patricia Grantham
  5. A Cat Is Always A Cat, Edward Kofi Louis
  6. Before and After, Aftab Alam
  7. Like The End Of A Prayer, Edward Kofi Louis
  8. The Burning Costs of Life, michael walkerjohn
  9. Elisabeth, Edward Kofi Louis
  10. Before shutting the lid of the coffin….., Ponniah Ganeshan

Poem of the Day

poet Charles Stuart Calverley

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]