I see no red slopes here, they metamorphose
into achromatic variations on your tranquil canvas,
the Lhergy Ruy pass thins into another dimension,
where grisailles dye the fabric of air in astral glaze.
You have religiously sketched a bedrock, whose
meaning and essence defies the human mind,
watered by shadow rivers that meander across myth
and legend; your brush strokes, a prayer to the sky.
My thoughts wander across tantric realms, as I
try to read your slate visions of infinitude.
From somewhere, the cairns rise, meditating
in shades of grey, reliquaries interring the bones
of time in mandalas of earth, water, fire, air
and cosmic breath. They translate into Tibetan stupas
in my exiled consciousness that relentlessly roams
the earth in search of a dark eternity. In your
ethereal tonality, I seek a healing mantra.
Poetry © Usha Kishore
Lhergy Ruy – Translated as Red Slope from Manx Gaelic.
Tantric – from the Sanskrit Tantra – a form of meditation and ritual that arose in India around the 5th century AD.
A Tantric – as in tantra, an esoteric tradition of Hinduism and Buddhism
Mandala – a ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the Universe.
Stupa – Sanskrit for a hemispherical structure. Originally, stupas were earthen burial mounts. Stupas are icons of Buddhist art and symbols of enlightenment.
Poems from On Manannan’s Isle – © Usha Kishore
Painting – © Carola Colley