though no longer in native tongue,
the great Comedy remains haunting.
Many weeks will be spent reading,
entranced in the beauty and grace,
it urges one's soul to sing.
Though just beginning, I already sense
that words are just words,
and of value is the primal essence.
The message is timeless and true,
turning from vice, and toward virtue,
transcending inner hell are the few.
Clinging to beliefs and desires,
ruled by the mind and rarely the heart,
chasing illusions till the body expires.
Experiencing within, feelings of all sorts:
Of inferno, purgatorio or paradiso,
whatever it be, the mind distorts.
"Leave the mind behind" say the wise,
and with this I must agree.
Stay true to the heart and thou shall rise.
The heart thinks too, but not with words,
it just knows, innately, intuitively and always.
Adopting love and peace has many rewards.
When pushing on and reaching towards
a heart of perfect wisdom,
just know that your heart is the Lord's.
For years now I have been led,
and thanks to the graceful Lord in my heart
there are few illusions left to shed.
I know Dante's message before it's all read,
far from my first spiritual book,
I've almost lost my head.
Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen:
There remains little I haven't read.
Love & truth are universal, Amen.
The Divine Comedy, Translated by John Ciardi