Song of the Blessed One: The Bhagavad-Gita, Canto 11: (7) Garlands
GARLANDED galaxywreaths starflowers flow in SHIMMERINGPETALED ORNAMENTATIONALISMS STREWN WITH ELDEST LIGHT-ORIGINS bedeck godly floralforms crescendoing in spacetimes if WORDNUMBERLESS MULTEITIES DRESSED WITH UNFOLDINGS EVOLUTIONS STRINGDIMENSIONS what is this like it is exactly like nothing I reach for words all I have to reach for recedes BOUQUETS OF EXPLOSION helpless in inundations of gratitude brain broken lock broken tongue MOTHERING FLAMMABLE VISION SURGES childhood/fear of death/hungry/pain these were the vestments of God time in directional mystery impossibilities of distance CADENCECASCADE OF CONSCIOUSNESSFOUNTAINS sung by name from raiments of the Blessed CELESTIAL-SCENTED OILS PERFUMENEBULAS recallprovocation eucalyptus breeze./mother in the kitchen/fresh-cut cilantro/cedar planks/workman sweat/tar on summer streets/rain steaming off summer streets/moaning breath of the beloved/netherlips of the beloved oilcaresses belovedmoundblessingfolds coffee forehead dendritic and arborizing tributaries flow to their shifting source my mouth/her delta SHIVERS OF PLANETS AND DEBRIS OF SPACE INTIMATE PATCHOULI OF oh CREATION ah SCENTSMOKE OF STARCANDLE FORESTS STAINING THE ROOF OF THE HEAVEN ah ALLWONDERS oh RESPLENDENT WITHOUT BOUND IN ALL FORMS EVER IN THE BECOMING clad in starry garments
John Timpane is the Media Editor/Writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. His work has appeared in Sequoia, The Fox Chase Review, Cleaver, Apiary, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Philadelphia Review of Books, The Rathalla Review, Per Contra, Vocabula Review, and elsewhere. Books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed, 1995), (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of Cal State San Francisco) Poetry for Dummies, and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), plus a poetry chapbook, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2011). His e-mail band, Car Radio Dog, has just released its second CD, Back to the Bone. He is spouse to Maria-Christina Keller, and they are parents of Pilar and Conor.