MYSTIC POEMS: “Freedom! the deep breath!” by Edward Carpenter


“Freedom! the deep breath!”Β 


Freedom! the deep breath! the word heard centuries and
centuries beforehand; the soul singing low and passionate to itself: Joy! Joy!

Not as in a dream. The earth remains and daily life remains, and the scrubbing of doorsteps, and the house and the care of the house remains; but Joy fills it, fills the house full and swells to the sky and reaches the stars: all Joy!

O freed soul! soul that has completed its relation to the body!
O soaring, happy beyond words, into other realms passing,
salutations to you, freed, redeemed soul!

What is certain, and not this? What is solid ? – the rocks? the mountains? destiny?

The gates are thrown wide open all through the universe. I go to and fro – through the heights and depths I go and I return: All is well.

I conceive the purport of all suffering. The blear-eyed boy, famished in brain, famished in body, shivering there in his rags by the angle of the house, is become divine before me; I hold him long and silently by the hand and pray to him.

I conceive a millennium on earth – a millennium not of riches, nor of mechanical facilities, nor of intellectual facilities, nor absolutely of immunity from disease, nor absolutely of immunity from pain; but a time when men and women all over the earth shall ascend and enter into relation with their bodies – shall attain freedom and joy;

And the men and women of that time looking back with something like envy to the life of to-day, that they too might have borne a part in its travail and throes of birth.

All is well: to-day and a million years hence, equally. To you the whole universe is given for a garden of delight, and to the soul that loves, in the great coherent Whole, the hardest and most despised lot is even with the best; and there is nothing more certain or more solid than this.

by Edward Carpenter

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  1. Mystical words so well composed by Edward and everything is so beautiful and wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Yes, we can envision a better world, where we can live in harmony with each other and the environment πŸ™‚
      Much love, Amira ❀

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      1. Yes and it would be so nice to be living in this world of harmony. Amira did u get my email where I sent you my poetry book

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        1. Yes my dear Kamal! I replied to you right away… I hope you receive my reply! I am so grateful for your generosity! I am looking forward to reading it this week! What a beautiful unexpected surprise!!!πŸ™ ❀
          I wish you all the success in your launch and I hope you keep writing!!!
          Thank you so much sweet Kamal!!! ❀

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          1. Welcome dear Amira will go and check out my mail. Thank you for always encouraging me and motivating me in all my works. Love and light to you at all times.

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          2. You always do the same for me dear friend! πŸ™‚ With deep gratitude πŸ™ ❀


          3. Thanks dear Amira.😊😊😊😊

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  2. Scrubbing of doorsteps. Reminds me of the aha moment I had the other day about why my mom always loved to cleanβ€”it’s so meditative! β€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸŒ€πŸ˜‰


    1. So true! Our mothers had great wisdom and were able to resolve the great problems of life while peeling potatoes, washing, cleaning or doing any other activity that would allow to get into that meditative space of mind… it was an inexpensive home therapy, and it works! πŸ™‚ ❀

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