Psalm 32

Today I name my life

I stand
Tranquil and confident on a friend’s balcony in Charteris Bay
Face the incoming tide

My life holds me

I join palm to palm to heart
Lift to brow
Celebrate the great Sun
Risen
In
Me

Flit and flutter
In the sensuous garden of language

Alight and delight
On a sumptuousness flowering of words

Out of Nature
They rise
From
Earth and Wave – Wind and Fire

From my ancestors
They rise
To
Crest
Symphonic
In
Me

I
Am
Joy

I
Am
Honey

The
One Song

Eternally Remade

(Kevin Moran 28/8/10)

I wrote this psalm while on holiday at a friend’s house in Charteris bay. I was thinking of the 3 stages of a transformation process: caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly. I felt very butterfly-ish; so butterflies entered the poem. I connected to the words & language fluttering in me. I’d also been reading ‘Emerson: The Mind On Fire’ by Robert D. Richardson. Emerson spoke about the way language is grounded in Nature. ‘Even abstractions if followed to their roots are rooted in things.’ ‘Supercilious’ comes from the Latin for ‘raised eyebrows’, super cilia’ (pg. 230). If you say ‘supercilious,’ and are attentive to your eyebrows, you may feel the twitch! Words also come from our ancestors. For sixty odd thousand years before humans formed languages as we know them, we made sounds. These sounds still reverberate in many of the words we use. In our natural, most human state, we become aware of our oneness with Nature.

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