Wanderjahre *

In Islam and especially among the Sufi orders, siyahat or ‘errance’ – the action or rhythm of walking – was used as a technique for dissolving the attachments of the world and allowing men to lose themselves in God.

The aim of a dervish was to become a ‘dead man walking’: one whose body stays alive on earth yet whose soul is already in Heaven. A Sufi manual, the Kashf-al-Mahjub, says that, towards the end of his journey, the dervish becomes that Way not the wayfarer, ie. a place over which something is passing, not a traveller following his own free will.

- Bruce Chatwin

The Songlines – just one day finished and already skittish
to move, to find that errant sun –
these neurons loop and loop through some unspeakable –
I can barely scribble fast enough to catch the heels
of this bursting, reading this last:
“looking up, & not thinking, just being, just seeing, just
watching this slow path of celestials
never seen moon like this:
white fire
hyperboreal rising from the galaxy’s edge –
cruising upon a wide crest of cloud ringing her
then such crisp clarity now as the fog finally
broke –
and this gentle consciousness emerges”
a truer sense of space and being
feeling So Alone and Full, universe
carrying the whole,
suspended edifices of light
“Palaces under the One Regent
Returned to the light” –
every person a miracle –
walking out my heartbeat in
not leaving the house much –
“I’ve never seen you walk so fast” –
but only walking Here:
singing out old bones – old songlines

*German translit. for “years of travel”

Wanderjahre *

Love, Always.

Montreal, Canada

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