Monday, 21 April 2014

The Rending - Updated with Hallelujah!

For my Christian friends - Christ is Risen

Easter, for Christians, is our most Holy time; that time when Christ died and rose again on the third day.  

In honour of this most Holy of times, this picture is the one I chose to represent my poem.  However, in a very real sense, this is a poem which can be understood on very, very many levels.  

At the end of the poem, I've added an extraordinary rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' by Kelly Mooney.  Listening to it, I had goosebumps together with tears in my eyes - quite a combination.

One level (which I like a lot) is the giving over of self to The Lord - as a Christian the rapture of the experience is truly a drain on as well as a spur to one's emotions all in one; another is a process of letting go of people and things which have held one back and the freedom to self which such release brings.  Of course, it could have romantic and physical connotations as well and the ending then has a vastly different meaning.

I've intimately experienced all of these at different times in my life and, although the poem was written specifically for one of the chapters of The Daighacaer - Escape from Mount Vilipend, it remains a valid and universal truth in real life.


The Rending

I have been rent

To the depths of my being
I have been rent

I exist
Within
Yet
Devoid of self

Complete

A tempest of tears
Flowing

To sense
Splendour 
To sense
Fulfilment
In pain
In gloom
In identity
In truth

Power
In sanctity

Sanctity
In power

Release
In all

Alert to
Gossamer rustlings
Fine shiverings
Lightning flashes

A depth of joy
In a flood of light









21 comments:

  1. Happy Easter!
    Visiting you from the A-to-Z Challenge! ~ Susan at Haiku Corner. :)

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Susan

      Popping over for a visit...

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  2. What a lovely, timely post for Easter! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! ~Angela

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    1. Hello, Angela

      Thank you. It should have been yesterday but that would have put my whole sequence out. Today will do.

      On my way over for some yummies...

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  3. So powerful and beautiful. I want to feel this way.

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    1. Hello, Nicki

      It's there for you, just be open to it... :)

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  4. That is beautiful. That moment is so hard to sum up in so few words.

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    1. Hello, Alex

      Thank you. This is why I love poetry. The economy of words and new lines as punctuation are so powerful, aren't they?

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  5. Beautiful and perfect for Easter. :)

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  6. Thank you Chrys

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you have for 'R'.

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  7. What a lovely poem. I'm glad to be your newest follower. Good luck with the rest of the A to Z.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi

      I'm popping over for a visit right now... :)

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  8. Love the poem. It has a great ambiance and the rhythm really accentuates the larger words with meaning. Nicely done.

    True Heroes from A to Z

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    1. Thank you so much Crystal

      The poem means so much to me, perhaps that is what comes through...

      I love that you featured both your son and now your brother as your heroes. It's so precious when family inspires us.

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  9. Powerful image, Felicity, and I love the power of the poem as well ... love, joy, pain ... all human emotions very well represented, all so well understood.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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    1. Thanks, Silvia

      As always, I'm enjoying Romania with each of your posts...

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  10. Wonderful visuals to connect with the emotions. I was especially taken with 'A tempest of tears'.

    The Immarcescible Word

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    1. Thank you for the visit and your kind words. I visited your blog and love it!

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  11. Am listening to this rendition of Hallelujah as I write Felicity - as lovely as your writings and poem. A blessed time is Easter ... with the crucifixion meaning so much. The picture is beautiful - and says so much that words do not do it justice. I attended a RC service the other day - I wanted the liturgy and High Church - just beautiful.
    Thank you.
    Garden of Eden Blog

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  12. Beautiful poem, Felicity. I love the song. Especially kd lang's version. Makes me cry. So moving.

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  13. Hello there.
    Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for visiting my blog. Wishing you all the best with the challenge!
    P.S. The kittens playing at the bottom of your page are just too cute!!!
    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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