Reach Out Through the Layers
Reach out across the chasm that divides us,
a spasm of retreat at the layers of anger,
the prayers of frustration, bitterness,
knots of neuroses we must face,
peeling them off, healing, gathering
courage to confront the fear we see reflected
in each other’s eyes, collected through
eons, the terror of our shells, of ourselves,
like the Dance of the Seven Veils now performed.
Unadorned, gaze at the different faces rising,
disguising, past lives maybe, amazing,
or facades we create to metamorphosise and
merge with the outer world. Here emerge
the other charades, some beautiful, some
horrifying, full of dread and loss and denial.
Slipping on then off, seemingly endless,
personas tried, discarded, retarded, died.
Let them clear. Let the next terrifying layer come.
See the skins slowly dissolve and muscles
come into view, sinew tight and tense with
misery of illusion and with fighting the world.
Distorted in the big lies told, controlled,
contorted in believing them, aborted for their uselessness. They shrivel, slide apart down
the face with gruesome smiling, confusion in
choosing meaningless expressions, false
impressions, depressions. The next layer please.
And here shows the skull, hard core, marrow
filled, sorrow, chilled to the bone, a false grin,
lifeless and sneering, the acid of truth melting
the cranium, the leer of death, the fear of it,
keep clear of it, push through to the life behind,
the mind opening to the eternal truths, we knew them as youths. The end and a new beginning.
The next layer now.
The worst and the best one, bursting through,
space and light, night and bright, all
encompassed in a surge of knowingness,
contraction to a pinpoint, expansion into a
universe of love, the true glue that holds the
cosmos together, and there are the stars,
a blanket at our feet,a dancing canopy
of music above, swirling in our cells.
There are no more layers, we have reached
the source, the force of life, united. It all gels,
our souls swell, filled with space, we are
welcomed into grace, all is emptiness
sparkling with light, our spirits in flight,
we see reality, creative energy, infinite with possibilities, crowded with wonders, unending, boundless love, hearts flying towards each
other and finally merging.
We had doubt, we tried to block it out,
but we had the courage to reach out.
From my book ' Messages are Dancing in the Rain'