Psalm 15

I place my faith in the Eye of the Father
That violent Eye, which shatters and re-shatters
The shackles of this small self

Till I rise phoenix-like
From the ashes of my religion

To stride whip in hand
To the temple of injustice

To cradle in this inadequate heart
The dispossessed many

To proclaim

There is no religion
But the Eye of the Father

In this (and in this alone)
I stand with Christ

In this (and in this alone)
I serve the tribe

Kevin Moran 18/7/10

Whakapapa: This poem began as an upwelling of powerful thoughts and feelings. I felt like I wanted to create a poetic creed. Originally the first lines were; ‘I have no religion but the Self… I place my trust in the Eye of the Father.’ So in the poem the ‘Eye of the Father’ is the eternal Self. The image also has overtones of ‘the eye of the heart’ which is spoken of in many wisdom traditions. The Self is the Divine Potentiality latent in the human soul. It is the archetype of identity: at once personal and transpersonal. It is what Jesus describes as ‘the Pearl’ of great price or ‘the Treasure’ in a field. The phrase ‘the Father’ has personal connotations for me. It resonates with my masculinity and fathering energies. The phrase ‘violent Eye’ describes a violent element in the nature of the Self. I have long reflected on this element, so contrary to New Age or popular religious thinking. Describing the worldview of poet William Everson, Steve Herrmann writes: ‘In order for identity to be achieved a person must undergo an experience of “rupture” (or violence), to the forms that have been clung to by the human ego. This surrender to violence, in turn, is what leads to the specification of identity… The Self is not only a source of great spiritual happiness: it can also be terrifying, dreadful or as destructive as lightning.’ 1) So the Self, when it manifests, engages in relentless (and violent) warfare against the egocentric & conformist tendencies of the ego. During my writing of the poem I was mindful of the words of Jesus: ‘The kingdom of the heavens is taken by violence, and the violent seize on it’. Matthew 11: 12 (Darby Translation).

Since completing the poem I have been reflecting on the line ‘the dispossessed many’. For me ‘the dispossessed many’ include the animals, birds, fish, trees & plants etc. Humanity has participated in, and continues to participate in, a holocaust against the animals: a holocaust against Nature.

1) William Everson, The Shaman’s Call, Interviews, Introduction, and Commentaries by Steven Herrmann

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