Wallowing within the sea of
Nonbeing, no needs left for the
poor African woman, the outer limits of her impoverishment reached:
poverty reaches completion the human being has reached the Lord”
neediness terminates forever since “An object going beyond its limits
to the opposite”.
the sable silken gown of poverty
gnats of ailment the embroidery
her nakedness no longer
her gaze upon no other
But she within the solitude of
Being and Nonbeing endured
the existence & destruction, finds herself in no need of her Self
sustainer and has no heart begging for sustenance from any sustainer.
this state she endures the duress of Nonbeing risen above the Being of
whereat glances upon the beauty of the Beloved beholds the darkling
annihilated Self, wearing the veil of darkness upon her face, neither
light within the hearth of her Being nor the manifest of a luminous
the hearth of Nonbeing, inescapably forsaken within the darkness.
glance upon I afire
her vapid deadened eyes
Self escaping the flames
dancing in love midst the flares
and unbowed my pen
Lifeless and unnoted my death
If the affluent and an
emaciated ailing African woman both
brave the universe of Divine Love, the affluent is carrying a lantern
and she a
half-lit torch. Any breeze from the universe of love extinguishes the
affluent’s lantern but flares up her torch.
osprey of her tense eyebrows
mine loveless corps to fjords aloft
shore-less sea of a Divine Love
upon every broken heart
upon the waves of this sea Eye-less
upon the cliffs of denial I-less
the last sun-less osprey’s dive
of any vision within the eye
that was once I or maybe my Self
glance upon the Beloved
prose are from the Divine Love Lessons of Araqi
click on this line to see the actual text.
Theodetta (35) from Gikongoro in Rwanda is dying of
AIDS. Her husband died of AIDS two months ago and she estimates that
days left to live. At her side are her two children Phillis and
Celestine. Photo by Chris Leslie 2002.
2004-2002, Dara O. Shayda