A Chant for the Opening of the Third Eye

If your eye is single, then your whole body will be full of light
Matthew, 6:23

open the portal just above the eyes’ yes
where nothing is withheld

you who know
this weary fluttering mind

play on the double-fretted board of the forehead
where two solid vertical bars embed themselves

fill in the trenches where war’s worries
march their forced march through sand

neither botox, nor surgery, nor peels appeal,
but only old stirrings, fiery tinglings

just beyond the centerpoint of the brow,
past the portal where angels post
and nothing holds itself apart

Susan McCaslin has published fourteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne (Quattro Books, 2016).  Previous volumes include The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014) and Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011).  The latter was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012.  Susan has written a memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna Publications, 2014). She lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River. “A Chant for the Opening of the Third Eye” also appears in The Disarmed Heart.

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