The Body of Light

Dearest, I’ll seek the secret to liberation,

as soon as this bed lets go of me.

In a dream I waited in line

for communion at Christmastime.

When I reached the beaming priest,

he held no white wafer,

& never said “The body of Christ.”

Instead, he gestured broadly around us,

& firmly, warmly whispered

“The body of Light.

This is the body of Light.” 

The longest journey begins

at the base of the spine,

& ends at the crown of the head ~

seventh heaven, God-intoxication.

Our words lose their bodies

in this ocean of breath.

Sun & moon share

one soul between them,

& you & I

are cut from the same cloth.

The coffee you often

let sit in your cup,

which you probably left for the angels,

I privately pour into my form

to mesh with your silky spirit.

Dear one, you alone know

I am hungry for nothingness,

how my inner voice chants

“let go of everything,

let go of everything!”

Heavy worries, work, mask.

You sent me a twilight reminder,

writing “Let go everything!”

I love how you left out the ‘of.’

“Let go everything!”

Nothing holds us at all.

Neither breath nor false concepts

nor webs of eloquent words.

David Leo Sirois

David Leo Sirois

David Leo Sirois is a Canadian-American poet published 121 times, in 17 countries. His work has been translated into 12 languages (Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, French, German, Czech, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Chinese, Turkish, & Doric). He hosts Spoken World Online, the Zoom continuation of SpokenWord Paris. His first collection is called Humbledoves (poems to pigeons & plants). He won Third Prize in Winning Writers' Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, & his poetry has appeared in journals such as The Bombay Review, The Poetry Village, One Hand Clapping, Indian Periodical, The Sunday Tribune Online, THE BASTILLE, & Terre à Cièl (which also published his translations from the French). David is often featured at global events, such as the Panorama International Literature Festival, & 100 Thousand Poets for Change, as well as in many international podcasts & interviews. He is also a singer/songwriter, radio DJ, & a film/TV/theater actor.

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