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Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 14, 2006 01:04AM

Years ago (2002?) a reader asked if anyone here was familiar with Kabbalistic poetry. At the time I had never heard of the term. But I found this beautiful website which displays some of the best of that genre: [www.geocities.com] />
[walking-on-fire.blogspot.com] />
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
--Albert Einstein

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/20/2006 03:00AM by lg.


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 15, 2006 12:33AM

Here's an example of this type of work:


Dazzling
--Liorah Chanah Elishaba Tsabrah

masterfully, tenderly
a dreaming shadow of northern lights
weaving together life and life
arraying a melody with one perfect love
streaming infinite rhapsodies of a seeing silence
softly dazzling
rapturing awareness
with humble splendors of gentle might
from a midnight spirit blowing
peaceful treasures
of longing
reaching into the deep deep quiet
holy holy holy holy
night


Les

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Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 15, 2006 05:24AM

Splendor
(A mystery of Motion)
-- Liorah Chanah Elishaba Tsabrah

in between
shins tinkling along a pivoting wind spread out
blossoming layer by layer, intercalating
bytelets flaming endlessly back toward the source
yet forever forwardly inbound
with mystery in motion
one unique connection of a myriad myriads
dancing darkly like living light through the speaking text
soundlessly stringing a transmitting tradition
rebirthing every moment, ever on the way
an interesting effusion
a song of study
a probing rhythm
a curious infusion
an enigma
a cleaving melody of penetrating action

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Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 18, 2006 03:31PM


Quantum Reconstruction
Liorah Chanah Elishaba Tsabrah

restructuring
some mystic separation
beyond a city of stone, one stirring hagayon
simply
iterating with indefinate definition
an elemental complexity
where holy shells synthesize human action
dancing thoughtbare, through some recursive program
like an absurd virtual blur, yet without obscurity
within a single stream of female apprehension
against the flow of deep deep quantum chaos
reverberating, yet absolutely still, fully immersed, in it
dissolved, yet not
expressing some holographic observation
through some proto-intelligent field of inquiry
dryly concentrated, yet flowing wet with flavor
nesting the purposeful function
through the asymptotic eye of a penetrating pause
quietly crossing over
tying moments split like shadows about the question
wordlessly piled like piles upon piles gently overflowing
clarity
from some timeless time to come
intercalating foci completely connected
fixing convergence into the mind
divine



Les


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 18, 2006 07:58PM

So ... what are the hidden, secret meanings? Superfragikabbalistic, I know, I know (before John-san says it). Almost a spoonerism!


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 19, 2006 02:06AM

Hugh, since I got your attention, tell me what this term means: " hagayon"
it's not in my online reference dictionaries.

The hidden meanings behind these poems, if there are any, are references from the Old Testament.


Les


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 19, 2006 11:03AM

To my understanding, it means "Holy" or Sacred"


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 19, 2006 11:57AM

Thanks, Johnny, in an earlier version of that website, Liorah, showed the passages that these poems had been based upon.


Les


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 19, 2006 12:06PM

I'm thinking in this contexst, the meaning is closer to holy one, or holy presence.

but this is based purely on the assumption that the word has the same root as the greek Hagio- I think it has a Hebraic origin ...I'll look


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 19, 2006 12:09PM

[Late Latin sānctum sānctōrum (translation of Greek to hagion tōn hagiōn, translation of Hebrew qōdeš haqqodāšîm) : sānctum, holy place + sānctōrum, genitive pl. of sānctum, holy place.]


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 19, 2006 03:26PM

Thanks for the info. Johnny, I had never seen the word in print before I read it in that poem. "Holy place" does fit the context/tone of the poem.

Les


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 19, 2006 03:37PM

No, me neither, not exactly that way, but I was familiar with Hagiography (the study of saints) and the Hagia Sophia (holy wisdom) church in Constantinople


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 20, 2006 02:39AM

The Dark Night of the Transits
to Saint John
By Rebekka Kenton


Sun

Active sun, far too active.
When you discharge your rage,
the weight of a thousand thunderstorms
descends upon my soul at once
but no relief.

My self is not spotless either
but flares up, burns up,
layer after layer,
until the real fuel is exposed.
Is this the truth about myself?

My celestial timekeeper!
When you have counted my days to the End
will there be a radiant supernova,
a moment of enlightenment
before I disappear
from the Wheel of my horoscope?



Full Moon

I can't sleep. The night is not safe.
There is too much light on the wrong side.
The dreaded North is revealed.
In your moving tides
the eternal ice of permafrost is rising,
the snowflakes of my ancestors now unburied.


The hidden face of my ego
is always unripe like the North side of an apple.
There is something false
about my tears reflecting this unreal light,
this indoors fountain
endlessly recycling the same waters.


What advice?


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 20, 2006 02:42AM



Poem by Adam Simmonds

Understanding


Bearded knowing, old
men in dark rooms
sit like grandmothers
knitting words, turning
over thoughts, as if
the pages of their scrolls
held all the secrets
of the universe.

Young, I watched you
gasping, as if for breath,
focussed prescience, knowing I
might speak, calling me to
come.

Now here I am,
filling in the crevices
of time; reaching
with hungry lust,
for libraries long gone; lost
robes of mystery
and symbol......Where are you

now that
.......................I have will
and mind to find you out? I feel, slow
unravelling,
your ghost presence holding
still; aged; nodding
heads that say
.......................not yet, but soon.


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Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 20, 2006 12:57PM

Lemme see, now - these folks are unaware of how to properly use punctuation and capitalization, cannot locate a dictionary or a spelling checker program, and proper grammar and rhetoric are beyond their ken. They don't even know the difference between an ellipsis and a row of dots. Yet we are expected to believe they are aware of secrets denied the rest of us? I have some ocean front property in Arizona available for those who subscribe to such logic.


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 22, 2006 04:28PM

What no jokes about Larry the Kabbal guy?

Les


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 22, 2006 05:14PM

no, but when someone working on a crossword asked me for a four letter word for Hebrew month, I said Ju-ly


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 29, 2006 05:53PM

Torch
--Lori Ann Taylor

when facts tell lies and confusion reigns
when knowledge and ignorance with futility dance
when hope is dying and faith is failing
truth remains

when pain is endless and pleasure empty
when will lies heavy like stone and clarity is obscured
when wisdom reeks and reason flees
truth remains

when the heart staggers broken
with shattered strength and love drowns lost in the abyss
truth remains

when darkness reverberates blindly
and eternity is filled with hell
truth remains

when life is crushing and all is torn, when hiding cannot conceal
and wretching waters burn the naked dust
truth remains

when the pause is pregnant like a rock of hate against us
truth remains


Re: Kabbalistic Poetry
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 29, 2006 06:35PM

CHICKERY CHICK
Lyrics by Sylvia Dee, Music by Sidney Lippman

Once there lived a chicken who would say
Chick-chick, chick-chick all day,
Soon that chick got sick and tired
of just Chick-chick,
So one morning he started to say;

(Chorus)
CHICKERY CHICK cha-la cha-la, chekala romey,
In a bananika, bollika wollika,
Can't you see CHICKERY CHICK is me.

CHICKERY CHICK cha-la cha-la, chekala romey,
In a bananika, bollika wollika,
Can't you see CHICKERY CHICK is me.

Every time you're sick and tired
Of just the same old thing
Sayin' just the same old words all day
Be just like the chicken who found
Something new to sing:
Open up your mouths and start to say, oh!

CHICKERY CHICK cha-la cha-la, chekala romey,
In a bananika, bollika wollika,
Can't you see CHICKERY CHICK is me.




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