by Tim Kavi
with my words
that flow from
the poet's pen
poet's comment: YES this is the ultimate worship of goddess, the goddess or feminine form that is nearest. "There" is the goddess that is universal, that informs myths and archetypes, that becomes part of a collective unconscious, or even perhaps of urban legend. This universal goddess is captured by the following parts of this poem:
"remembering when" acknowledges that aspects of this same goddess before you in the local manifestation of goddess existed in some past understood form in the larger sense. That is only an aspect of the local goddess however. (The local goddess always has a historical, cultural , and personal uniqueness). The outer informs the inner in a lived out sense and becomes a true mingling of subject and object. Of course all knowing of other persons is a hoped for subject to subject knowing and not mere subject-object, but in the case of the local goddess (the one we are esteeming in our vicinity and adoring) she becomes at that moment that goddess most important and extraordinaire---
for as the poem concludes:
this is not a pledge of mere loyalty to only that goddess, but as the goddess that is called before me in an act of worship, adoration, and dialogue, she becomes the goddess that I have the most to do with at that historical moment (the 'now"). As such she is the goddess worshipped and adored at that moment in time and history.
In romantic love, this becomes the woman that we are adoring, pleasing, and relating to in our immediate focus of esteem. She becomes the goddess we are relating to, the goddess that we love. This is not an adoration that says the goddess is perfect, but she completely becomes more ideal in the real lived out particular.
In spirirtual love, she becomes the goddess of worship at that moment. "Now" it is possible for a local manifestation of goddess to be embodied in a woman we love in both romantic and spiritual domains.