To reach the SELF, a heartfelt goal
Enter this path to a center place
Hold to this knowing, your WILL to trace
The circle, the spiral, a labyrinth does make
A purposeful path, a journey to take
A circuitous travel to the center DIVINE
Within, without, be this journey mine
Know I of this center, its silent roar
Within, without, my SPIRIT to soar.
Rose Marie Raccioppi
Ritratto di gentiluomo, 1512, Rome, Italy, Palazzo Barberini, Bartolomeo Veneto, active 1502 - 1546, Italian painter.
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The earliest known Christian labyrinth is located in a church in Algeria, with the words Sancta Eclesia (holy church) inscribed in its center. As early as A.D. 350, worshipers entering the church would trace the labyrinth with their finger in order to focus their thoughts and open themselves up to the presence of God.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
and so the echoes of heart, soul, and quest, be heard...
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