The Distance Between Earth and Heaven

quarter moon

If the way to the Heart’s verdant oasis
were a route marked on some paper map,
I’d say, “Burn that fraud of an atlas!”

If the Mystery could be grasped
by the mind that reads road signs,
it wouldn’t be the Mystery.

look into your mind —
wherever your attention rests,
just stop and experience that.

Snagged on the luminous hook
of this quarter moon tonight, attention
is dragged skimming over treetops,
regardless of any pious intent.

The bark of a dog, startled at midnight,
effortlessly bridges the distance
between earth and heaven.

The song of the lone peacock
feeding your heart has waited
a lifetime for its cry to be heard.

A slice of moon, a barking dog,
the poignant cry of a calling bird –

all grant memory the kind of cloth
that Presence weaves into the robes
you’ve worn throughout this magic night.

Now she’s running to you at dawn-break
with two handfuls of freshly-picked sweet peas,
perfuming your room with her intoxicating fragrance,
and suddenly both heaven and earth are forgotten.

When her darling smile outshines the rising sun,
how long will it be before you’re swooning
in the ardor of her thrilling embrace?



Beers Mahasiddha Caparica

About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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2 Responses to The Distance Between Earth and Heaven

  1. Beren says:

    Beautiful post!
    The distance is but a feather of love and its tiny weight…

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