At times like this

Outside of time there is only one
Who arrives, departs and returns
Who is and will always be
Who says “Existence, I am here”

Inside of time the game is up
Gilt-edged armaments speak of tradition
Heritage and other things that tantalize
Paint thy face one thousand ways

Along the edge of time there are many ruins
Crumbled fortresses and broken moats as
Chaos and order reunite in joyous exuberance
Whispering the spirit of freedom to the wind

At times like this I exist beyond reason
Afloat in the life raft of myself
With a secret smile and a wink to the infinite
As though we planned the whole thing.

 

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18 thoughts on “At times like this

  1. I like the teasing sense of the line ‘with a secret smile.’ Love the depths and your conspiratorial nod to the ‘infinite.’ I read it three times Robyn.

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Hi Wendy, I am so pleased you enjoyed this one. It’s true, and probably quite audacious of me, but I often feel as though I am allied with the infinite and we’re playing a game of peek-a-boo.

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  2. I wished I could embrace that state of being in your last paragraph right now!

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  3. That just feels so deep Robyn. Amazing writing here

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Thank you. I honestly don’t know what I am going to say before I write Scott. So I usually post before I have fully absorbed the words, and I have to say the more I sit with it, the more surprised I am by what I have learned here. It’s about 20 years since I’ve written about the life raft and at that stage it was sinking. In another 20 years it’s probably going to be a light-powered zeppelin traversing the cosmos… or a comfy armchair. Can I reblog your last picture from Worldiction? They are the most beautiful faces I have seen in a while…

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      • Gee, even your reply seems poetic 🙂 Of course you can reblog anything of mine. I’m highly honored if you do. Yeah I fell in love with that photo because of their strong focus on that Mac. It was taken just a couple weeks ago. Thanks!

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  4. Cat says:

    and the last verse says to me, “healing” I’m not too good at interpreting poetry but this means more since reading your comment on my blog yesterday… the depth of your words feel infinite 😉

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Yes Cat, exactly…healing. I believe what’s most important about poetry is that it evokes a sense, an image or an idea that means something to the reader personally. Everything I write is a clue for myself, in a form that is engaging to my mind. So there are always multiple ways to interpret what I have written. None of them are complete because the poem itself is a signpost – albeit from the bottom of a very deep well this time around. 🙂

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    • jamborobyn says:

      As an aside, I thought you might find it interesting that just over a year ago I wrote a poem referencing my attempts at the next stage of growth that reached completion here. You have no idea how surprised I am about the way these two poems interlink.
      from “The master and the mage”

      “The peaceful path where two are one
      where life outshines the beige
      To float on by, our souls entwined,
      the master and the mage.”

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  5. Tish Farrell says:

    “Along the edge of time there are many ruins” This line especially resonated in my brain, Robyn. It opened up a vista of infinity. There is so much contained in these 4 small verses – a universe of course. I too like the secret smile and wink of the last verse. Puts me in mind of a very large Buddha – benign acceptance of worldly chaos but with inner laughter from a hidden place of deep repose.

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    • jamborobyn says:

      I swear this piece is alive. Every time I go near it, I have another overwhelming realisation!

      What a wonderful comment, Tish, thank you. You just added so much to what I am learning right now. Love the laughing buddha image…

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        Ah-ha! You have got some rare alchemy going there with the subconscious you. This is fascinating me too.

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      • jamborobyn says:

        Alchemy! That’s the word. In this brief interchange, I have been reminded of so many stories from my life that have this quality. In particular, in the months after I met my birth mother – or whatever the PC word is for that these days. Anyway, at least one of those stories will be written soon – I can sense it being worked on – over there somewhere…

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        This is a blessed state to be in indeed – accessing the subconscious mind. Just GO, GO, GO, Robyn.

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  6. Dear Robyn,
    This is a request – not a comment. Alok Mishra is editing a new, online, international poetry journal @ http://www.ashvamegh,net. He needs poetry, fiction, essays – and board members, to help select and edit items to be published. If you can spare about an hour a week to help and/or submit material, we would be grateful. Board members so far include, Mike Snyder, Murray Alfredson and Munia Khan.
    Alok is intelligent, enthusiastic and easy to work with. Hope you’ll agree.
    Ken

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