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A Memory from a Monastery    ©

Pillars climb upwards,
While within, space murmurs
Peace enclosing quietude
Remote from the Hillís hurly-burly.
An infinity of silence penetrates the cloister
Whispers into the soul
Demanding we explore
Onto a fifty thousand petalled lotus.
The un-initiated stumbles
The third leaf calls for return
The fifth cries out
Relapses in a tortuous straying.

Surrounding,  tall straight pillars
Far from the noise and distractions of the Hill
Birdsong slowly fades
Merges in the sighing of the night
This is a release
To which only a few prevail.

Ezra Ben-Meir

History: #174.1   Nov. 1981;       Revised  June 1994
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