anise in season

Poem #55 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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the season changes
pilgrim
not with the designations or notations
marked in an almanac

the buds are full
bursting

the colour emerges
single spots
on one side of the tree

each day more

and the intoxication of anise
released by the golden wattle
that always arrives first
in the spring

the season changes
pilgrim
this year too
will arrive
in time


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #56: tba

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reflection on then

Poem #52 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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do not be afraid pilgrim
this light
is just the past

there are moments
when it is best to simply
bow your head

a moment of reflection

for the past is never far
nor ever suppressed
only acquiescent
while you grow


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #53: song of freedom

conclusions

Poem #51 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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answer the question
pilgrim
are you greater or lesser
for having judged

if you judge fairly
you are no more than you have ever been

but if you err
pilgrim
by harshness or haste
perhaps through ignorance
what then

let your first consideration
examine the need for such opinions

let your next explore the advantages
of a pause
before conclusion


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #52: reflection on then

the time

Poem #50 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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there comes a time
pilgrim
when all souls
must be ready

it’s not a complicated thing
more a state of mind
where the words

I forgive you

come readily
and release is granted

when all is forgiven
all released
it will be that time


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #51: conclusions

of the journey

Poem #49 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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there is always a question
of direction
pilgrim

it is natural
to wonder
without certainty
just as it is natural
to journey on
towards the next enlightenment

each who searches
is a traveller

that is the way


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #50: the time

un-sound universe

Poem #47 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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what is the sound of the universe
pilgrim
have you heard it

how do you know
when
you have heard it

does the sound come
from outside
or within

do not mistake the clacking
of your thoughts
for the song of the cosmos
pilgrim
the universe does not think

it is


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #48: walk through heaven

enough is enough

Poem #46 from a series of meditations: the Pilgrim

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pilgrim
to the question
when does the journey end
there is no answer

the way is long
and the path
available
for those who wish to travel upon it

and yet
the question demands
determination

it may well be now
pilgrim

the time to declare
enough
may be when the need to question
over-rides the sense of steps
that remain to be taken

perhaps it is now


© Frank Prem 2005

the Pilgrim Poem #47: un-sound universe