Sunday, February 2, 2020

Irene Mercedes Aguirre writes

The Slope 

A shared human lineage brings us together 
and similar dreams connect us. 
You suffer, you love, you despise, and your brow 
reflects the thought that unites us.

On Gaia we walk through our days, 
of the centuries, lightning flashing, 
with their perennial dramas and joys, 
with blind, mendacious passions. 

But we still have a long way to go! A long way for us! 
This slope so slow, the climb so hard 
as it rises, goes higher and exalts us! 
So high and sublime! So upward!

It leads to the highest place, right to the centre, 
the very being. No more lives without meaning! 
So deep into abstractions does it enter,  
towards hasty understanding.

And still so far to go! Isn't it, Companions? 
How far away peace is! So many miseries! 
What if we were to go in union? 
New blood would surge through the arteries!

2 comments:

  1. Gaia was the Greek personification of the Earth, the ancestral mother of all life. According to Hesiodos, Chaos was the 1st existence, out of which "wide-bosomed" Gaia arose, followed by "dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth" and Eros the god of love. Then Gaia brought forth her equal Uranus (Heaven, Sky) to "cover her on every side," the Ourea (Mountains), and Pontus (Sea). Afterwards, "She lay with Heaven and bore deep-swirling Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoebe and lovely Tethys. After them was born Cronos (Cronus)" -- the Titans.

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