BY JAN HAAG

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





YESTERDAY

2-10-98


I was deceived by the divine beauty of yesterday
and came away without my umbrella,
unprotected, chilled, angered, perhaps,
by the relentlessness of dismal happenings.

I wanted no part of reality, no reasons why the season
of beauty could not last but a single day.
I knew. I was mature. I had lived to see
the endless, mindless parade of frightful

small occurrences that could destory the fortitude
of a sadhu. "Never mind," said the wise. "Fight
back," said the young. But have you noticed the serene
smiles on the faces of the elderly

who know you needn't fight back, you needn't be angered
or chilled, you are protected by the day
and the night and the rhythm of what comes and what goes.
"Let there be change," said God, and there was

light. Light! O Devayani, light enough to illuminate the world,
the night, the full moon, the laughter of those who
never laugh. Change it from divine beauty
to driven sorrow. Never mind. Greet it all. Welcome what is.




Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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




THE DEVAYANI POEMS

Entertainment

Etruscan Goddess

Father

Feeding Frenzy

Gifts

India

Interstellar Space, 7-5-97

Lung-gom-pas

Micro Paleontology

Nothing

Point of View, 7-5-97

The Roaring Silence of God, 4-3-95

Roots

Ryoanji

Silence

Solstice, 12-21-97

Steady Drizzle

Two Tomatoes



BY JAN HAAG


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

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO