You saw this with eyes closed
and spoke it to me—
the image hovering there,
settling itself within my own mind,
within yours: the tall calla lily
standing on its green stem
in all its whiteness; and behind it
the violet aura we read about,

from which the Archangel Zadkiel
embodies spiritual alchemy,
God’s freedom, forgiveness, justice
with Saint Germain, whose work
aligns with the-seat-of-the-soul,
whose twin flame color is amethyst.

You tell me that a white bundle
is placed within the anther
and pistil of the calla lily,
deep within its trumpet-shaped
petals of the flower,
that the lily’s petals unfold
then wrap themselves around
that white object, and before

this archetypal image is returned
to the violet aura, it levitates
for just a moment, hovering there
in the ethereal realm, sacrosanct,
in sacred space, where in perpetuity,
it remains, freely opened within us.

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love; Co-winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Competition; Winner of the 2018 Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Prize for his book, A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds & Nature. His forthcoming books include Evanescence: Selected and New Poems, and The Bees of the Invisible.