Apr 14 2017

Jay Ramsay – In the End: The Beginning

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In the End: The Beginning
by Jay Ramsay

There is something in the end there is no avoiding
That is more present than breath, than self, than distraction
More present than this moment? Yes, even that —

Even than all those birds perched high in the Tree of Heaven
That broke into all your wondering — even than
That huge exotic shrine at the centre of your heart,
Your voice, your whole face turned inward…
Or mine now — as I cut it back, back
From my thoughts: to my being; then my breath
And then, not even that

And across the gulf of silence from before
Names, images — before whiteness was even born —
And now, at the heart of emptiness
Where there is no I, nor breathing even
Or only this suspended pause

‘There is only Love that made us, only Love’
And you in the vast silence like an ocean without water,
Like rain before rain —
like an unbroken mirror

You in the Womb of Love.


/ Image by Hidden-target /

I thought perhaps this poem today in anticipation of Easter.

And across the gulf of silence from before
Names, images — before whiteness was even born —

A contemplation of endings, of death, and how, within that void, is a nameless something…

And now, at the heart of emptiness
Where there is no I, nor breathing even
Or only this suspended pause

A core essence that remains that is whole and unwounded.

‘There is only Love that made us, only Love’
And you in the vast silence like an ocean without water,
Like rain before rain —
like an unbroken mirror

It gathers itself, ready to be reborn.

You in the Womb of Love.

Have a beautiful weekend. And if you celebrate Easter, may it be a time of rebirth and renewal, allowing what you have outgrown to fall away while welcoming new life, new possibility, new purpose, and new spirit.


Recommended Books: Jay Ramsay

The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology) Diamond Cutters: Visionary Poets in America, Britain & Oceania Places of Truth: Journeys into Sacred Wilderness Out of Time Kingdom of the Edge: Poems for the Spirit
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Jay Ramsay is a British poet and psychotherapist.

He has been on the poetry scene over the last 25 years as a voice for transformative spiritual, political and psychological awareness. He has been described as “England’s foremost transformation poet” (Caduceus magazine, 2007). He believes that poetry has a unique, catalytic role in our culture.

Jay has edited poetry for Kindred Spirit (1997-2004), Caduceus (2002-), and More to Life (2006). More recently he has been poet-in-residence at St James’ Church, Piccadilly in London (2005-6).

Anamnesis is now available on CD (recorded with Tibetan bowls) from www.lotusfoundation.org.uk, the website also has the texts of the 16 poems, written monthly over the period.

More recently he has completed a residency in the Sinai desert for the Makhad Trust (March 2010) with a sequence of poems and photographs (see www.makhad.org) which will be published and exhibited, and also for the church at North Stoke near Bath (July-August 2010) for Martin Palmer at ICOREC/ARC. www.arcworld.org

Jay Ramsay has written many individual collections including Kingdom of the Edge (New & Selected Poems 1980-1998; Element Books, 1999), some classic Chinese translations Tao Te Ching, I Ching, Kuan Yin; Element, 1993/HarperCollins, 1995), and two acclaimed prose books about alchemy (1997 and 2005), he has also edited four anthologies of New British Poetry: Angels of Fire – an anthology of radical poetry, commissioned by Andrew Motion (Chatto & Windus, 1986), Transformation – the poetry of spiritual consciousness (RGP, 1988), Earth Ascending – an anthology of living poetry, 55 Contemporary British Poets (Stride, 1997), and Into the Further Reaches – an anthology of Contemporary British Poetry celebrating the spiritual journey (64 poets: PS Avalon, 2007).

His latest collections are Out of Time, Poems 1998-2008 (PSAvalon), The Poet in You (O Books) and Places of Truth (Awen).

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2 Responses to “Jay Ramsay – In the End: The Beginning”

  1. Victoria Mehlon 14 Apr 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I have been a subscriber to Poetry Chaikana for several years now, but this is the first time I have written a comment. Although there have been many, many poems that added beauty and Light to my day (or days – I often go back and reread several times), this poem stopped me in my tracks, took my breath away. And I shared it immediately with someone who has helped me to know, to feel in my being, the truth of this poem. My thanks to Jay Ramsay for the exquisite way he put this into words.

    And my thanks to you, Ivan, as well, especially for your last sentence, for articulating a view of change as a welcoming of new possibilities, life, spirit. This is the essence of what has been happening in my life during the last 10 months, and your words may need to become my new motto. Or a new painting.

    Thank you for what you do.

  2. Ivan M. Grangeron 14 Apr 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Victoria, thank you for leaving such a lovely note. I love to hear that. ~Ivan

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