Entering hallowed thresholds

Aromas escaping incense burners

And oil lamps buoy inner spirit


Phalanxes of small lit flames

In votives send forth a fervent

Pillar of light, pleas, prayers replete


Sight of soaring “godly” ceilings

Lofty depicted stained glass windows

With warm glowing freshly polished


Ebony and mahogany pews beckon

Invitingly to lay down life’s burdens

Rest and salve bruised bodies soul


Ever a seeker with full awareness of Beloved’s

Lit flame already ensconced within, still my feet

Involuntarily love to enter His houses of worship


Without any mental hang ups whatsoever soul

Heeds calls from synagogues, pealing bells from

Temples, churches, stupas and azaans from mosques


Stone mortar structures do erode over time

Human spirit is what makes them hallowed

Filling air with healing succoring vibrations


Released by each told prayer bead, chanted mantras

Psalms, lamps forming glowing pathways connecting

Ordinary believer’s being to extraordinary divine spirit


Pleasurable goose bumps run up and down spine

A feeling of coming home curls inside calming and

Then inner outer flames unify for nano euphoric seconds


Such is that otherworldly feeling

Celebration and rejuvenation of this

Human spirit, time after time, every time~

**A votive deposit or offering is one or more objects displayed or deposited,  without intention of recovery or use, in a sacred place forbroadly religious purposes. Such items are a feature of modern and ancient societies and are generally made in order to gain favor with supernatural forces. Some offerings have apparently been made in anticipation of achievement of a particular wish, but in Western cultures from which documentary evidence survives it has been more typical to wait until the wish has been fulfilled before making offering, for which the more specific term ex-voto may be used. Votive offerings have been described in historical Roman era and Greek sources, although similar acts continue into present day, e.g.in traditional Catholic culture and, in modern-day practice of tossing coins into a wishing wellor fountain- In India  many wishing trees abound with holy threads/ribbons first tied  and then untied after wish fulfillment in gratitude.



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