A glimmer of inspired light reveals
peregrines swirling over cliffs
like kamikazie marauders.
lapis lazuli waters roil in the wind,
enrapturing the eye from the horizon
to the bleached white surf.
An esoteric rhapsody enchants the nudes
splayed like sun-warmed seals
around pools of hot springs.
Morning brings the haunted sound of cooing doves,
oracular voices of the night.
Fog shrouds a labyrinth of eucalyptus-
scented trails that diverge in search of
those who know, who may illuminate
the shadows behind the looking-glass self.
Pilgrims do the labor, sculpting their lives
into a work of art, sometimes a masterpiece.
Incubating like a bear in hibernation,
Parmenides found the key to the rational knot.
Studying the art of stillness, he distilled
the spirits of the wise.
Imagination liberates one from fear, thoughts
vanish when mind and body stretch, vision
expands, and energy flows like bursting dams.
Dark places of wisdom yield
an untarnished essence of self.
Milton P. Ehrlich