Treasure Island

Saiom Shriver

(Ohio)

Slipping Earth Ties


FIRE HAS LEFT THE HEARTH


Fire has left the hearth
Nautilus climbed from shell
Perfume flowed from bottle
Prisoner gone from cell

Butterfly flutterbied cocoon
nor hand restrained by glove
Jesus away from manger
Cage deserted by Dove.

Sparklings soared away from wand.
Chick's egg become the bird.
Omkar sung from out the throat
Violin's notes now heard.

Buddhist temple pine cone
tabernacled godlet seed
Shattered that it might manifest
thousand forests of fir tree

The heart that was
from body cut left a hole
a stencil which paradoxically
heals other hearts to whole

Eternal snow of mountain top
now nurses meadow flowers.
Shining never held by sun
relentless melts ice towers.

Love has left its
spring the heart
Is now a liquid pond
Host stolen from the chalice
consumed in mouth of God

Starlight abandoned star
a billion years ago
Left that tonight you
might
have its sight
and know

Know Love is forever
no dropp of God ever dies
Lover not bound by form of love
God's bodies are not God's souls

(to his wife and children
on the death of Robert S)


IT SNOWS AT SEA

It snows at sea.
*
*

Quiet falls in flakes.
*


Melting designs
*
* Leave Form

For All

(to J and D Shriver
on the death of their mother
Sylvia)


DIAMONDS IN THE LIGHT

They asked Martha to give
her family a sign that she
was still with them.
.. She had left her
body as a baby leaves
the mother's womb
.. a hand leaves a glove..
a light leaves a room...

of a sudden
a gust of wind
blew light dust
snow from a branch
.. each particle
in sunlight shafts
was a diamond foiled
by a backdropp blanche..

a cheery hello
for others too


(to Martha D's loved ones)


DAISY STREAM

Reflected in the rippling creek
the sun was made a daisy
.. fragmented by the faster current
into daisy petal sparks
Windstirred and starred
each unplucked firepetal
traveled downstream
while the full daisy sun remained
and murmured
SHE LOVES YOU EVERMORE
SHE LOVES YOU EVERMORE
SHE LOVES YOU EVERMORE


JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS

Fate oerfixed you
and flung down his starry spears.
By strangest alchemy
starlight turned into biers.
The plump pumpkin of your life
was shattered.
Its evergreen seeds were
most widely scattered.
By prearranged script
God's and your co-writ
your sacrificial pain did
a grateful nation lift.








LOVE IS THE ONLY LEGACY


The sand castles have fallen.
The ice sculptures have melted.
The pink chalk on the sidewalk
has been rained away.
The corn stalks are earless
and summer leaves have disappeared
from the centenarian oak.
Matter's traces of the Unquenchable
Spirit's path

But her Love
forever remains...
murmurs the leg of the sea
Her love
is everyone's legacy.


(to Sarah B)



re Sarah B who hovers around her loved ones as a 3 shift a day
guardian angel.. through whom God spoke from the time she was a
little girl

LIKE A CHARACTER ALLUDED TO IN A PLAY

Like a character
alluded to in a play
whom we neither see nor hear
.. yet his influence permeates
the stage...

like a fragrance.. we know
not whence it came
.. yet it fills the room

is he in the lives of
his children


(to C Grafio)

INTO HEART DRIFT PARTICLES OF TIME


Into the chasms
of pain in the heart
quietly drift
snowflake particles of time
.. slowly sealing
.. softly healing
.. joy annealing

CURRENT OF GRIEF

The current of grief
at the funeral
is of lightning bolts
which strike even
strangers...
causing them for
no explained reason
to release tears of
rain.

(to all who love
C Turchan M)


LIMA BEINGS

She buried
her father's
discarded shell
with a seed of
bean upon his face
that out of rain
sun
and freeing space
a vine would weave
new bean lace
and let all eat
of new bean grace
As his unneeded limbs
become limas
Her father now
dwelt in
a happier place

KOREAN PERSIMMONS

Buddhists come to the Korean
graveyard on ancestor day
to leave prayers and food
for foremothers and forefathers..
but the persimmon tree above
the stone.. gives all
she has the entire season

NO FLAME FLAKES

The Spirit Flame
Leaves No Matter Flakes
.. no flame flakes
.. the crystallizations
are what's left behind

PETER SELLERS

The pink panther
.. master empath...
took the pink path
.. the sun-on-sea path
to the land of God
.. a land beyond paths

MARBLEHEAD

When I leave my body
.. I want no marble head
over a grave with lies
proclaiming I am dead

May my ash
make no splash
as it sifts into
the unstony sea
off of Marblehead

ASHES OF MY SON

As we tossed his ashes into
the sea..
the wind came onto
the quay
and into our mouths
she blew
a few
as she blew others
away

which might have
made us
unwitting cannibals

had we not thought
that he was such a holy man
.. it was instead
a communion on the quay..

HANS MAMLOCK

he wanted no carved script
engraved in mausoleum's crypt
for he knew the body
to be at best a prism
at worst a prison
of Infinite Spirit


ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH

Her soul is the typewriter
whose carriage can return
to former times through prayer
to whiteout certain lines.

Her soul the screenwriter
for the movie of her life
edits adds deletes improves
future scenes and those
transpired.

Searing agony in the past
is visualized in light
and God is asked to send
great grace
and kind anesthesia there.

He most often the soul
removes
before moments of great pain..
the soul with Him lookng down
on the stopping of lifetrain.

She controls time and space.
Within her is all that is..
Because she is one with God
playing His role as Anne


BABY BOY

He sent trusting tendrils so tenderly toward me..
I did not fear these insignificant little shoots
which found their roots in the chinks
in my heart and there began to grow
and grow and grow.. until there was nothing in
my heart but him.. When he left
he took my heart with him.


BARRIE


Our dog Barrie
used to jump
up on my bed
and bury bread
beneath
the bedspread

CURTAIN CALL

A yogi views
without desire
entrance into
form..
life's curtain calls
and exit from
the body..
life's curtain falls

BUMBLEBEE MOURNS

Seeing
the bumblebee mourn
the bloom newmown
and goldilocked dandelion
not ready
to doff his down
they are mowing
no more wings.


UTERI

We were born
of not 1 but
2 uteri
..
my twin,
you and I

how seldom those
of us who alight
at the same time
leave for God
at the same time

but now you
hover round
me like
a sun shining
from all sides.


(to E Daughterty,
Clara T, and other
twins whose birthmates
left for God first)



HARVEY MILK AND
DAN WHITE

All works for good.
If when we remember
the senseless slaying
of Harvey Milk
by Dan White
we are reminded
that White..
Milk Kills..
it will not have
been in vain.

http: //www.milksucks.com
http: //www.notmilk.com
http: //www.pcrm.org

GUARDIAN ANGEL

Death is a loved one's transition
to guardian angel.




SHOCK OF SHARDS

Those who focused on
the shock of shards
as the phoenix bird
burst from his shell
nearly missed the sight
of his wondrous maiden flight
as he soared up and away
and out of sight.



WILLOW FROND

A jade curtain of
willow fronds
parts world of
green earth
from that of blue pond

A grey curtain
of morning mist
separates turquoise waters
from blue sky

A more slender
veil is
at the portal
hiding the paradise
of the immortal.

LINEUP

As far as the eye can see
.. endless lineup of
planes waiting to take
off from the runway..
as they break the bonds
of earth one by one
so do souls one by one
slip the gravity field
and fly free

BEYOND THE GAME GRID

He had many points in the game
of life... the love of many friends
and family, wealth, attractiveness,
intelligence, power, ...
and when he was taken out of
the game suddenly by an early
death.. we were reminded
that those who win the game
are those who transcend it

MOTHERING EACH OTHER

They found
after the death of their
mother
the sisters and brothers
were mothering each other

INVULNERABLE

If a scale breaks
is the weight affected?
If a mirror breaks
is the reflected face harmed?
If an apple is peeled
are the seeds killed?
If a body slips off
is the soul hurt?

MARILYN

She hovers around him
in a cloud of love
smoothing his way
... the cable connecting
them indestructible..
a cable which slips
under the veil between
earth and heaven

(to Greg C)


MONOCHROME

Today we spied
spring's first dandelion decapitators..
ride on mowers
turning the goldstarred jade meadows
into monochrome green.


Their goldilocks
will never turn gray.

MELTING POINT

Souls ever entering
and leaving
form as quietly
as the sea near
the Arctic freezes
into ice and is
then melted into
liberation

WILLIAM CHARLES ENNIS

As a nimbus
encircles a flame..
as a father
holds his child
his love surrounds her
He has gone ahead
to prepare her chamber
and yet he hovers
around her

(to Jan)

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD

At the top of the world
as they anon did dine
they died without
an anodyne
And animals
upon whom
we dine..
have died
without.. an anodyne


ANNE PERRY CHARACTER

Poisoned by the water
in which severed
lilies of the valley lie
now his body
in a lily'd valley lies
... the bells on
the flowered stem
silent
but in kinder worlds
they now peal

BREAKING OUT OF TIME

The minute bursts
like a nut with thirst
to be beyond time
.... to be all

BIRD IN RIBBED CAGE

Once again the soulheart bird
began to beat in ribb-ed cage
For God wanted him to make
another entrance on world stage


(to B W)
(Kabir compares the soul
in the body to a bird
in a cage)
(Neem Karoli Baba calls
the body central jail


BLACK SPHINX


From your infinite
eyes we drink
Stars within skies
of blackest ink
Please do not eclipse
us when you wink
but hold us in
Your eyes, Black Sphinx


RAY CHARLES

Perhaps Ray is singing
'I can see clearly now..
the rain is gone'

RISING ELSEWHERE

The 2 suns have
set from her eyes
and in kinder skies
her soul does rise




PORTAL TO IMMORTAL

A jade curtain of
willow fronds
parts world of
green earth
from that of blue pond

A curtain of
morning mist pf grey hue
separates turquoise waters
from overarching sky's blue

A slender band
of post wave sands
sparkles between
the sea and the land

A more slender
veil is
at the portal
hiding the paradise
of the immortal


BODYFALL IS SOULRISE


Bodyfall is Soulrise
when the sun within his eyes
no longer chained by body's cage
away to the Lord of
Love
does fly

While others grieve
crushed by the grave's
gravity

she saw in dawnlight rose
above the stones of sculpted
rose
and carved angels
row on row
his Spirit yond
prison in joy arose



HIGH TIDE NIBBLES

nibbled at the sand castles
the high tide
and nipped at beachballs...
away they slide
but the rock
the rock abides

IRAQI CHILD SENT TO ALLAH


The little child.. bombed into
heaven

should we be angry with
those unripe souls
.. who love combat..

who sent him there?

Though a child he was an old
soul.. tired of the game
of time..
wanting only to
be with his Eternal
Beloved

The Lockheed F16 was
his best friend, ushering
him to Allah

For such a one as this
writer, nonjudging is
a steep path

GOD COMES HIMSELF


E students walk to heaven
D students take a bus
C students take a car
B students take a limousine
For A students: God comes
Himself

TABERNACLE OF ALL HEARTS


Where the mirror meets the frame
Where the river joins the sea
Where the fire becomes all flame
is where she waits for you.

Where the wand meets Cinderella
Where desires touch starfire
Where soft crocus bursts hard plain
There she waits for you.

Where the cross turns to crown
Where the up is born from down
Where the saint receives God's gown
in bliss she waits for you.

Where ice melts to the drop
Where pain transmutes to love
Where prayer swirls to miracles
Now she waits for you.

Where torches light new candles
Where the rain weds the rainbow
In the tabernacle of all hearts
There she waits for you.

ROME FOUNTAIN HORSE

Crystalline thirstquenching
water
through the mouth
of the fountain horse..
does course
yet none think the horse
.. of the water the source.



ANNE PERRY CHARACTER

Poisoned by the water
in which severed
lilies of the valley lie
now his body
in a lily'd valley lies
... the bells on
the flowered stem
silent
but in kinder worlds
they now peal

RUPTURE RAPTURE

The running rabbit
was seized by the raptor.
The clawcaused rupture
sent him to rapture.


(unethical research done by
NIH found that mice seized
by cats secret endorphins
which send them back to GOD
in ecstasy.)


Hippocrates: first do no harm



OMNIPRESENCE

there is no eternal hell..
hell is living distant from God
in the universe' outer shells
How can there be a hell
if God is Love and omnipresent..
present in the universe'
each and every cell

TO THE PARENTS OF A BOY
WHO KILLED HIMSELF

God does not tell us the time
or the way He calls us back
to Him. A soul, lonely in
separation from the Eternal
Father, sometimes takes charge
of his own destiny. This is, if we
could see with Divine eyes, a
release to joy. May God bless you
for all the love you showered on
him.

FAITHFUL BOY

His heart metronome
beat faithful all the way Home
Like the sun rising above tree bars
on its way back to the stars
Like a bird soaring in joy
above the earthly cage
he left
and yet the umbilical cord of
his soul
like the very long string of a balloon
ever hovers around you

(to A Magoun)


BETWEEN FILM SHOWINGS

As a good theatre is cleaned
between film showings,
so a healer takes time to
meditate between sessions,
so angels, devas help
in cleansing a soul before
he returns to earth.

SHAKTI

Before it goes down
seems largest the sunball
The leaves seem most orange
before they fall
The fire burns hottest
before leaving the hall
The soul blazes brightest
before returning to All

OCTOBER LEAVES

As the sun shines through
October's dead stained glass leaves
so though for her presence he grieves
her existence transcends
what he merely believes
..
that she lives forever
that he will be with her
he knows


50TH FLOOR OF WORLD TRADE CENTER

The fiftieth floor..
where firefighters ascending
met the fleeing descending
.. where the courageous
spiraled up to God
leaving us
their loving legacy
of boldness and bravery
as they dove into death

(911truth.org)


SNOWFLAKES

Spring's petals snowing
Falls' leaves snowing
Ash from fires snowing
Bodies snowing as
souls rise to God.

FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM

JBO went to an estate
auction... saddened
by the lack of interest
in the family photo albums
of thw woman who had survived
all her loved ones.

A family photo album
full of those who
have passed on..
faces.. are snowflakes
.. each unique pattern
melting.. the
new faces will be even
more beautiful

God's family photo album
contains all beings..
each with purple place holders...
each face carved in His heart.

STEAM SPIRALS

As joyfully as steam spirals above a cup of berry tea
do souls leave their bodies and fly to the Lord
As softly as windblown dandelion down lifts from its
pedewstal to souls slip from earth's chains.

LASTING REALITY

Clouds are real and passing
Sun is real and lasting.

COLUMBIA

Dark widow clouds
over the vale
do the sun's
brightness veil

Rows of icicles
drip slowly in grief.
A ship unable to land
had it enough fuel
because the docking collar
was removed and helpless
frightened powerless NASA Glenn
lab animals filled the hold..
animals blown to bits over 5 states.
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Rising Elsewhere is to the K T Salem family. Baba Hari Das: Love is more powerful than Lover for Love is not bound by form.

Submitted: Saturday, June 14, 2008
Edited: Thursday, June 19, 2008

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  • Joseph Daly (6/15/2008 2:03:00 PM)

    Saiom, I did not read all of them but I must say, what I have read is really impressive. There are a wide variety of themes that you cover and the use of language is excellent (sometimes frustratingly so) .

    I cannot understand why you have not posted them singularly. Your work is the best that I have read from a newcomer (well, new to me) in a long while. (Report) Reply

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