Patti Masterman


The Impulse Of The Mysterious - Poem by Patti Masterman

From where comes this impulse,
This mysterious sanctity in shadowed icons,
Of statues leaning into dusk, hands clasped piously,
Dangling chains of stones, ending in crossed bones.

Men hold deep reservoirs of the mystical
Concealed in secret niches inside them,
That no one can ever see, like relics of the humanity
That revered the stars, and did moon-gaze communion.

These worshipers of life, with their trinkets and shells,
Thinking you can see god one day,
If only you look hard enough,
Or travel to some exotic city
Which he is rumored to prefer.

Though sometimes profound art can- almost
Touch, and now and then music- barely- imitates
What the tightest lock can’t hold in,
Nor the loosest hold force out.

This god that only the dead can see, but they do not talk,
And only the deaf can hear, but they do not listen,
Who lives where distance has no meaning
And hate can never steal.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 6, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, June 4, 2011


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