Song 40

You are a story woven out of yourself

My
Delphic
Stone

In
Storm
&
Fear

As to the Ground I bend my ear

To seek what’s found
In
Caverns
Near

‘Till in response to questions asked

A
Seed
Of
Sight

Appears at last

A laurel stem in loss and strife

A
Ladder
Firm

My

G
R
E
A
T
E
R

Life

 

26/12/12

 

Whakapapa: I began the poem with a ‘saying’ from the Self: ‘It’s a story woven out of itself’ 28/1/12. The Self indicated the ‘story woven out of itself’ was poetry. So my initial direction was in writing about poetry; especially those poems or lines of poetry that rise and speak to us when we are struggling in dark & lost places. I was then drawn to a beautiful painting of the Priestess at Delphi by the Pre Raphaelite painter the Hon. John Collier: http://www.illusionsgallery.com/Delphi.html . As I meditated on the Delphic Oracle the poem widened to include the dreams & images & ‘sayings’ & prophecies that can arise from the ‘Ground’ when we are able still ourselves and listen. The ‘Ground’ is Anima Mundi, the World Soul, Mundus Imaginalis or what C J Jung called the Collective Unconscious. In the poem I also call it ‘my Greater Life.’ The image of the Pythia, the initiated priestess of Delphi spoke to me of the soul and the Sacred Feminine. The Pythia was a servant of Apollo the god of poetry. In John Collier’s painting the Pythia holds a laurel sprig in her left hand. The laurel tree is sacred to Apollo. Before prophesying the Pythia would either chew or burn laurel leaves which gave her second sight: (in the poem ‘a seed of sight’). The laurel displays symbolic association with – immortality and hidden knowledge. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols: Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant, Translated by John Buchanan-Brown. Pgs 592-593      

 

 

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