Countless keys are there
but empty are the doors they open
or by ghosts from the past haunted.
Seek the one that Esau
for a bowl of porridge bartered
renouncing his birthright
of infinite Love and Bliss
like most of us still do.
Ask yourself why.
So many books had I
which for the Key I searched
but vague words in them found
hiding more than revealing
what I sought, and yet
for decades kept reading them:
how could I have been so dumb?
A wondrous girl I once met
who with the Key had been born
but when I asked her for it
but her body she gave me and said
that only once had she used it
and in a world beyond recognition entered
from where she was barely able to return
and never dared visit it again..
I assume that I also
for it I wasn’t ready yet.
A man who died (his heart awhile stopped)
and then like Lazarus came back to life
for the Key I asked, for he must have
at least glimpsed it in the beyond,
but he only could tell me that
far too bright was the light there
to see anything at all.
A Zen master for the Key I asked
but one of his ko’hans he gave me instead,
yet another question with no possible
rational answer, and of course
Zen ko’hans never keys are
merely signposts on the way.
I already have more than enough of those.
The Fire as Agni for the Key I asked;
but he only replied that of course
in the ultimate Burning that lit up the stars
the Key abides.
Finding it there isn’t easy at all
amongst such clouds of smoke
and confused flames turning all to ashes…
I had not yet discovered
the right way to burn.
Death for the Key I asked.
Enigmately she smiled while saying that
I was much better off not knowing
the price I would have to pay for it.
When I insisted laughed and added that
hidden in plain sight the Key is,
has always been
and that is why so very few
can ever find it.
An Angel for the Key I asked.
As if by my question surprised
warmly embraced me but only said
that first of all my own wings
must I grow to find it,
for where else could it possibly be
but in the highest sky?
The Khdir for the Key I asked
but He said that I already had it,
and all my life I had kept it hidden
in a secret place deep within,
so why did I ask?
Alas, it was exactly what I feared
he would reply!