BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





ECSTASY

11-16-97
(Inspiration for the Palimpsest Poems)


O, Devayani, why don't you want to live in ecstatic bliss
all the time?
You have known the bliss of sleeping high on Pine Canyon
summit alone,
without blankets or water or fear; you have known
the ecstatic bliss
of walking in Zen, slowed down to the pace of the cata-
pillar; you have
known moments of bliss so overpowering in your work for
yourself and for others;
you have known joyousness, divine exaltation while listening
to music, sat with
the greatest musicians of this world; you have traveled in
the countries
of your dreams, visited the lands of your hopes, met the people
of your
heart's desire, yet now live alone. Like the half life of an isotope
used
in carbon dating, you can calculate your known rate of decay,
predict
how many blisses there are/might be before you are accurately,
indisputably
pinned down in the grave, bliss free. O, yes, and Devayani,
you have known
love -- that most talked about of all human artifacts -- yet
now prefer solitude.
Is this in itself divine grace? Bliss beyond endurance?
Happiness? Freedom and joy?
Any day you could walk the summit of Pine Canyon,
any night pace with the moon.
You could repeat any, all apsects of your life,
but your choice is to stay alone
wondering, puzzled by your inattention
to the murmurous call of ecstasy, in
harmony,
pleased to be decaying like an isotope, beyond half life, beyond knowledge, beyond bliss.






Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
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Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




THE DEVAYANI POEMS

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Feeding Frenzy

Gifts

India

Lung-gom-pas

Nothing


BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO



21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C., A Context