And Eternity Did Not Push Me Away

a poem by Rani Turton, France

Starlight, moonlight, candles burning bright
Oil lamps with flickering wicks
All this symbolises night

In the noblest sense; in the sense of darkness
But soft darkness, not a terrifying void

I can see in the distance
A path that runs between trees
A hill slumbers nearby and has done so
For ages; when the statues come to life
When the goddesses dances on leaves

When the earth breathes but doesn't sigh
The mundane world fades away

Was I dreaming when I heard the trees breathe
And saw the goddesses dancing on leaves?
When the river spoke to me
Softly, murmuring secrets only we knew

Was I dreaming or was I awake when the breeze softly
Silently carressed my face
And whispered sweet things to my waiting ears?

There is a lieu nearby here they say
Strange things can happen to people who go there
They can see things that do not exist
They can speak in several tongues
And understand every language in the world

This strangeness attracts strangeness; I touched stone
And they seemed to respond.
The woods were a comfort, the earth was alive
To my questing feet. My body was free of earthly pain
My heart, for once was light

And the mundane world faded away
For more than an instant,
I touched eternity and eternity for this time
Did not push me away.

Copyright: Rani Turton

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