the Bright and
By CHARLIE HOPKINS
undertow of evening I am settled around myself.
who have lived long enough to keep quiet
should be listened to.
valley between my shoulder blades I sing to my Self
where a river is running underground.
to the one who knows but will not speak
the first word that sets these worlds in motion.
man is alone and every woman is breathing in the gulf
with schools of mullet in her tidal hair.
long the left hand feels in the dark for the right.
is my Guru. Carol is my wife.
This is all I know.
of the Lord is flying again
over the Cascade Range and Hood River Valley.
Wings made of fire drop light into undergrowth.
a standing flame.
My fingers matchsticks all struck at once.
I am the river in the Douglas fir
the living water rising through root and trunk
taking in and giving out breath.
above me spread out as breath and as the prayer of breath.
I am kneeling to you.
Carol I am kneeling to you.
Poem copyright 2001 Charlie Hopkins
copyright 2001 B.
Hopkins is a wallpaper hanger and devotee of Sri Shivabalayogi
Maharaj. He lives in Hood River, Oregon. All his poems
and prayers are addressed to his wife, Carol, but she
doesn't mind if others read them also. Carol is a Vedic
astrologer and counselor. You can read more of his poetry at Charlie Hopkins Poetry.
MORE POEMS BY CHARLIE HOPKINS
I Need to Feel You Every
Moment in My Heart
Prayer To My Guru, Sri Sri
Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj
Hopkins is a devotee of Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi
Maharaj. Click here
for more information about him.
affectionately as Baba, Sri Shiva Rudra Balayogi
Maharaj is the spiritual son of Sri Shivabalayogi
Maharaj. Having completed Tapas, Baba continues
the mission work of his Guru. Click
for more information.
page was published on August 9, 2001
and last revised on August 17, 2001.