Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Seeking paradise

I love you without permission
Although the fingers pointed
My choice, your choice
Is to give ourselves freely
Maybe even a little recklessly.

Plunging our teeth into
Forbidden fruit
Sweet juices running down our chins

Human beings
Always did need a little
Forbidden pleasure
To take us out of paradise
And into the world together

But this time
We are not afraid
To fall

Because we are falling together.
Embracing one another
Intertwined together
With love
And forbidden passion.

Will God forsake us
Will be be smitten by his wrath
Like they told us?

I doubt it.

We will find our way back to paradise


Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They hand in hand, with wand’ring steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

(Milton, Paradise Lost, XII, 645–650)


Lorcan said...



Mikayla Starstuff said...

Wow, that is good. Thanks for posting it.

Twyla said...

What a beautiful poem. I love it.

jana said...

I just happened upon your blog tonight while surfing the web. What a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing it with me :)

I'm also interested in your posts about quakerism as I have recently started attending a local meeting. I'm still unsure about whether quakerism will become a long-term relationship for me, but I do always feel happy ofter meeting and I've met many wonderful "friends" there.

Contemplative Activist said...

Thanks for your comment Jana :)

I'll check out your blog too - it looks interesting.

If you follow the links on the sidebar you'll find lots of other Quaker blogs. Personally, I've found the blogosphere a really helpful way of exploring Quakerism.

Nice to meet you!