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Copyright 2001 Realization.org.

 

 
 
  POEM
 

Lily of
the Valley,
the Bright and
Morning Star

By CHARLIE HOPKINS

 


one

In the undertow of evening I am settled around myself.

Those who have lived long enough to keep quiet
should be listened to.

In the valley between my shoulder blades I sing to my Self
where a river is running underground.

I am always kneeling.

I kneel to the one who knows but will not speak
the first word that sets these worlds in motion.


two

Every man is alone and every woman is breathing in the gulf
with schools of mullet in her tidal hair.

All night long the left hand feels in the dark for the right.

Shivabalayogi is my Guru. Carol is my wife.
This is all I know.


three

The angel of the Lord is flying again
over the Cascade Range and Hood River Valley.
Wings made of fire drop light into undergrowth.

I am 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.

You are above me spread out as breath and as the prayer of breath.

Shivabalayogi I am kneeling to you.
Carol I am kneeling to you.



Poem copyright 2001 Charlie Hopkins

Illustration copyright 2001 B. Magrath


Charlie 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

Prayer Body
I Need to Feel You Every Moment in My Heart
Prayer To My Guru, Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj



 
SHIVABALAYOGI
Charlie Hopkins is a devotee of Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj. Click here for more information about him.

 



SHIVA RUDRA BALAYOGI
Known 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 here for more information.

 


This page was published on August 9, 2001
and last revised on August 17, 2001.


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