A Sequence of Embraces

by Irina Kuzminsky


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     Consider it my gift to you
     Life's gift of air...


I have spoken to the birds of Paradise
Bright—coloured
Why go there to seek the houri?
She walks beside you on the sacred earth.

     ***
I am air
I am the wind's embrace
Warm breeze caressing skin
Zephyrs ruffling hair
Cold gusts sharpening minds
Storm winds to ride to your destiny
And whirlwinds to clear out your house —

May the winds come to you
From the North, East, West, South
Choose the wind your life needs
In your seasons of need
My embrace
The embrace of the wind

     ***
Not my embrace -- but fire
Not my waves -- but water
Not my touch -- but air
That you may know the sacredness of earth

     ***
Embrace me and embrace soul
Lips to lips
Eyes to eyes
Awakening me -- you
Awaken

     ***
I embrace and assert what I am
Serving you serve my essence
Comingle with me and awaken into emptiness
Penetrate me and know your own depths

For I am She who flows
     She who changes
I am She who awakens
Desire -- Your desire for your
Life

     ***
Be not afraid
To break all forms with love
I say --
Let nightingales sing in the rose of your heart.

     ***
This final service I have now performed
-- so free me of embraces
Of all that I agreed to
before I came

     ***
Troubadours and troubatritzes have long sung
Of the secret
I proclaim: let love remove every covering
So shall I go naked
Into the rain
-- And dance


     ***
Fill the core at my centre Beloved
And release the song in me
The dance in me
Thus centred and grounded
Words flow
Bodies flow
And I sing

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