The Image of Heaven over Fire
I come out of black stillness
Like the flowers returning to new life.
I am one of many
As we reach to join in community.
We embody strength in character
When no one is the authority.
Our ideas are made brilliant by joining the flames
Of our inner visions as we share
The experience of love within friendship.
Nine in the First Place
We form a gate to friendship
To meet in the open without secrets.
Six in the Second Place
When paired in exclusivity
We form a barrier to the larger community.
Nine in the Third Place
We hide from ourselves the mistrust
That we see in each other.
These thorns of doubt prevent us all
From picking the bouquets of friendship.
Nine in the Fourth Place
We climb the wall of the barrier to friendship
Only to find all our doubts are mirrored back
And see that we cannot attack.
Nine in the Fifth Place
We cry in the frustration of separation.
Our thoughts have met
when our words said the opposite.
Our hearts have heard what our ears have not.
This truth breaks all walls exploding into the open
with the joyous fragrance of our laughter.
Nine in the Last Place
Before meeting in heartfelt relation
We join a community without expectation.