In my series of sonnets called Spiritus Sanctus, I wrote several poems that would act as reminders of some spiritual truths I had absorbed over the years. For example, the following poem highlights Jesus` sayings on the cross.
Seven Last Words
The day that Jesus died, he spoke his mind:
Hearing the crowd taunt and jeer, prayed, `Forgive`;
Even the thieves argued about their bind:
Consoling, gave one `Paradise` to live;
Unto his mother, a son to `behold`.
Concerned with his body, now ill-at-ease
In the blinding heat, he `thirst` for the cold.
Forsaken, feeling utterly alone,
Inclined his head upward and cried out, `Why?`
Xylem for Zion, he paid, he atoned
In our stead, so he let his `spirit` fly.
Outwardly broken, his strength diminished,
Now that it’s over, it has been `finished!`
When I first realized that the start of Genesis was echoed in the beginning of John’s gospel in the New Testament, I wrote the following poem.
A beginning, we are told, is the start:
Recognizing the initial fiat
Can be more confusing than the lead cart
Horses must follow; amen — so be it.
Either the word be said or all hidden:
Truths only halfway told lead to defeat,
Yet, in Genesis 1:1, who’s kidding`…?
Put wisdom into the principle seat.
In beginning was the Word, so says John:
Could this be our clue to dig deeper still
And make sense of the past, long gone?
Lend your spiritual ear and get your fill:
Listen to the sound current of our earth,
You will know God’s First Breath gave us our birth.
The Kabbalah is Jewish esoteric knowledge wrapped up in interesting concepts. Metempsychosis is essentially an explanation for reincarnation. See the following:
Moses and Jethro were Abel and Cain;
Eve and Adam, David and Bathsheba;
The Serpent became known as Uriah;
Even Job’s Abraham’s father again.
Metempsychosis was used to explain
Perplexing problems in the Kabbalah:
Some said that Adam, David, Messiah
Yielded ADaM’s name as from the same vein.
Commonly, reincarnation was used,
Heresy to some, sacred to others,
Only the Gnostics really knew for sure.
Since the 5th century it’s been abused
In Catholics, erased by the Fathers;
Saved by the Perfect: Humanity’s Cure!
Finally, the similarity of the word phoenix with the name Sphinx got me wondering if there might be a connection. This is explored in the last poem.
According to ancient legends the
Phoenix was the picture of perfection.
He lived his life in the right direction,
Outlined by the hero, Zarathustra.
Eventually, Ahura Mazda
Nominated him for resurrection
In hopes he could be, by introspection,
Xebec, for us to sail through our karma.
Suppose that the Egyptians made the Sphinx,
Purposely hiding its meaning from us,
Hoping the mystery would make us stand,
In retrospect, before it, as it sinks
Necroscopic into our unconscious,
Xenolith upon the hot desert sand.