Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "New Religion" by Bill Holm



New Religion

This morning no sound but the loud
breathing of the sea. Suppose that under
all that salt water lived the god
that humans have spent ten thousand years
trawling the heavens for.
We caught the wrong metaphor.
Real space is wet and underneath,
the church of shark and whale and cod.
The noise of those vast lungs
exhaling: the plain chanting of monkfish choirs.
Heaven's not up but down, and hell
is to evaporate in air. Salvation,
to drown and breathe
forever with the sea.

--Bill Holm


37 comments:

Zuzana said...

Loved the poem, there is some truth to it. Water is the liquid of life and without it we would not be here, after all they say we came from the sea...
Stunning photography as well.
xo

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

What an interesting take on heaven.

slommler said...

Wow! What an awesome poem. And I have never thought of heaven like that. Very intriguing! A wet heaven...the seas are still a mystery to us. Loved this!
Hugs
SueAnn

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Interesting idea!

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! Thanks for finding this and posting it here - my goodness! I enjoyed this on so many levels. What if we got the metaphor all wrong - what if we haven't questioned enough!! I love this, thank you!

take care
x

Piedmont Writer said...

What a beautiful thought! Thanks Betty.

Mamma has spoken said...

something to think about as I leave for work this morning.

blueviolet said...

I'll be pondering this over all day.

Madi and Mom said...

What a beautiful poem..we can hear the waves all the way over here on the East coast....
Madi and Mom

Joe Cap said...

Well, I can tell you that scientists say they know more about the surface of the moon than they do about what lies under the ocean.

Catherine said...

That's a great poem ~ it makes you think doesn't it?

xo Catherine

Sara said...

"We caught the wrong metaphor." Love that!

Out on the prairie said...

Nice post, loved your 2nd photo. the poem makes me think why perhaps I have a closeness with the ocean.

Shrinky said...

Oooh, well anything is possible, I guess. What a thought provoking poem!

Brian said...

That one will be with me for a good while, thanks!

JennyMac said...

this was really beautiful.

Baby Sister said...

Ooohhh that was beautiful. And the pictures too. Thanks!!

ds said...

Wow. Wonderful poem. "We caught the wrong metaphor." Perhaps...Thank you for sharing this.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Now I miss my vacation and the ocean. Love your photos and the poem. *sigh*
Mary

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Beautiful.

Linda said...

A very lovely poem and a photo to go along with it.

Tracy said...

That is just beautiful!

Sarah said...

Interesting poem, and very close to the truth--didn't life come from water originally?

Theresa Milstein said...

This poem captures my belief that hallowed places are to be found in nature. That is what my manuscript is (less poetically) trying to say. Betty, thank you for finding and sharing this lovely poem.

Ann said...

to drown and breathe forever with the sea. I don't know about the drowning part but breathing forever with the sea sounds mighty nice.
Nice poem.

Nezzy said...

Great poem and that second shot....amazing! I'm in awe of the way you captured the wave.

God bless ya and have the most beautiful day sweetie!!!

Matt said...

Imagine a heaven with more monkfish than angels. Good God!

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Marlene said...

Beautiful photo....and the poem had some pretty words in it...like shark, whale and cod. :)

faye said...

Definitely something to ponder....

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Brilliant! "We caught the wrong metaphor." Great post, BB.
xoRobyn

Lourie said...

I love the beach. It is vast and awesome. And your picture is amazing.

Leanne said...

What an idea . . . the photos sure look heavenly, so I guess it could be. Thanks for the thought, BB.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

What a wonderful thought! Thank you, Betty. :)

B xx

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Great ebb and flow verse. Exciting imagery with a contemplative voice. The sea for many of us is a spiritual teacher, I can so relate to these words and great photos.

Ally said...

beautiful poem and those photos make me wish i was going to the beach tomorrow. although a big tropical storm EARL is heading here soon.

Anonymous said...

Very good post..

Anonymous said...

This was really interesting. I loved reading it.