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Musings

Snail Mountain

2017 – 03

I

Snail Mountain - Musings: 2017 - Volume 3; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

It looked as if a reclusive artist
had crawled under my deck,
and painted the silhouette
of a mountain and its foothills,
on the wall of the house.

 

II

Snail Mountain - Musings: 2017 - Volume 3; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

On closer inspection,
I see that it was painted with silk;
and that the artist is a snail
whose brush is his own body.
In this instance,
the medium is the Messenger.

 

III

Snail Mountain - Musings: 2017 - Volume 3; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

I wish I had seen him do it.
But that would have taken
as much patience on my part
as it required skill on his.
For he is a ballet dancer
in ultra-slow motion;
a bodhisattva performing
a movement meditation,
with such awareness
that it might have needed
time-elapsed photography
to detect its progress.

 

IV

Snail Mountain - Musings: 2017 - Volume 3; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Full many a sage was born
to sing silently
in the symphony of Source,
leaving behind tantalizing clues
to the mystical prodigality of God.

 

V

Snail Mountain - Musings: 2017 - Volume 3; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

I trace the silk trail,
lightly,
with a Braille-sensitive fingertip.
I’m a digit-plodding pilgrim
following in the footsteps
of a Master.

 

Namasté!

Seán
Tír na nÓg

Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD

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