Eyes to the East

The voice like an airhorn
buffets the country
with meaningless sounds,
the swaggering gait of ignorance
futile against mounting crises.
Up has long been down
in the prison yard of violence,
combing the shadows for answers
while real light lays beyond,
outside their cold encampments
where seekers rest in moonlight,
sharpening their tools against the dark,
an old magus among them, silent.
He watches the stars in their procession,
their long orbit slowly changing.
Learning from the night, patient with the day,
the season of reckoning draws close,
the time of waiting soon to be over.
There is only one earth,
one grail that unites them.
They gather their strength
as the late hours pass
while his eyes look to the east
for the dawn that surely comes.





photo by Patrick Orleman


15 Responses to “Eyes to the East”

  1. Tom Figel says:

    Don, now if we could channel some of this intensity into the Observer. Thanks for this fine poem.

  2. Sylvia McAfee says:

    Beautifully described…the end is peaceful.

  3. David Banner says:

    The dawn is SURELY coming out of the darkness of ignorance gripping the planet.

  4. David Barnes says:

    Wow, Don. This strikes a chord of connection in me, at the dawning of this new day – as the silvery light gives way to a violet glow in the East, to the signs and sounds of sunrise. Most beautiful because it is filled with living meaning now.

  5. James says:

    Hit all the right notes.

  6. Eric says:

    My favorite! These are the days….

  7. Rose Meeker says:

    Such a strong current through these words and images. Beautiful!

  8. Pichay says:

    Love never fails. Impatience creeps into awareness, but I rein myself in, that I may coordinate my want with a larger whole.

  9. David Kyle says:

    The prophet is coming through you. The inward turn of the mind/heart is getting clearer, stronger and focused with a strong arrow to pierce the heart of the night. Thank you.

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  11. Shirley says:

    Indeed, “the seekers” must “sharpen their tools” with the purification of the heart! And a deep passion for Truth!

  12. Scott MacRae says:

    I hear the fire of the Fighting Irish Don combining with the sage master. I’ve been following your work and loving it. Keep up the wonderful work.

  13. Bonnie Palombo says:

    This touches deeply . . .

  14. Sarah Hanson says:

    Breath taking…..Exquisite….Deeply Moving……The Truth is Beautiful. Thank you, Don.

  15. Chaz says:

    Another great reminder – the “meaningless sounds” and “swaggering gait of ignorance” of the mind-gone-mad are increasingly revealing themselves as so, with the aid of current affairs and social media such as Twitter! Thanks Don.

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