"Fragrance of Virtue Rises to Heavens"

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark


The fire is lighted
The smoke of the flame spreads
like fingers groping,
tickling, touching
even the hidden and hardest
fibers.

The prayer is uttered
like lotus flowers,
opening their petals
on the lake.
Words form in circles-
heated,
condensed,
evaporated,
turning into
gas, invisible to human eyes,
and yet audible to the ears
of the Great Creator.

The fragrance of a flower,
though in tact or crushed,
fills the air and lungs and
precipitates joy in the heart.

The fragrance gets purified
in the fire of growth
and in the hands of prayer.
Such a fragrance of virtue
rises up to the mighty heavens
from whom beauty was once
designed.
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May 18, 2011 in response to DrSudarsan's suggested title.

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