(After reading Denise Levertov’s “The Embroidery” again)

Oh God, my longing returns…
and with it my soul clambers out
of crack-stunned, crumbling cities.
It is a poem about two women and a bear.
It is a day-woman and a night-woman
as one in one small cottage,
tending one garden beneath one sky;
and it is that rough old, rogue bear
we thought we could cage
and teach to dance cultured steps.
He has broken his bridle and returned to the wild —
and now comes when he wills
to fearlessly fill their house by night
with the fragrance of forests in dark fur.
I think of these three and sense gold and blue,
rank, foul caves, and the magic of stars.
Faint firelight burns again in the core of my mind,
a wild stream gurgles through my gut
and I smell some kind of honey in an emotional wind.
This is the endowment of something real within
longing to be born — wounded and wild —
astride the subtle movements of an innocent thing,
a pure essence which seeps from God’s slow brain
and oozes from Her breasts.
My heart longs to dilate into a free breath blowing through:
but it shall take time for my scattered energies to return
so I can vividly dream again
of two naked woman embracing in bed,
melting into one luminous bride,
and a black bear, with terrible claws,
tearing open its skin
to reveal her bloody bridegroom.


Blake Steele

Molkom, Sweden

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An older poem I just reworked. I love to rewrite old poems. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I was reminded of this poem by something I read in the writings of Mikyle
one of the young, talented mystic poets here on rb. I’m so inspired to see deep insightful, stuff flowing out of the sacred interior of young souls, that place where formless fire births radiant words and images. They will leave their mark in many lives.

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