of the mysteries none greater –
pneumatic incarnation and ascent
beginning and end whose
tail lies in the mouth of
the serpent neverending
for no one can steal the fire of first breath
from the formless abyss
nor extinguish the spirit
even when hand rebels against self
and dare separate
soul from blood and bone
there is still
a numinous breath
breathed forth
transmuted into earth
which is ever returning to the source
giving back
transubstantiated gold

painting: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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