The Fire and the Rose

 (B. Mosley)

appears on Through the Fire

Owes a debt to T.S. Eliot’s “The Little Gidding”.

You damn the time you’re doubting
You will think it is forever long
And it is only now
Upon the hour I call to right the wrong

Push uphill against the day
Hold your breath now clinch your hands
And no sooner than you say
“No more and thank you”, the lesson lands

In the dark time of the year
It began to fall asunder
The ease and wonder

And I’ve seen the changes
Waylaid by all the gainsaying
Muy bueno, stranger
The fire and the rose are one

Some take a swig or ten
Some taking pills. Some take it on the chin
Taking heart and then
Start taking heed within. Take to giving in

Darling, you offer all the love
A man could need to be at one
With all that moves and all that shines
And the well it all comes from

The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of the which tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error

And no abomination
For all their cage of shame has done
They have not contained us
And the fire and the rose are one

Dance along the remaining salient (The fire and the rose are one)
To playfully unveil the pennant (The fire and the rose are one)
Be it plainly stated
The fire and the rose are one

For my love of an unchained Australian
The fire and the rose are one

The fire and the rose are one