Lust and the Holy

By on Jul 28, 2013 in Poetry

Sunset with Krishna and Jesus

I lust for you at sunset
Your gold     your shimmer
I crave your wild display
Your crimson     your fuchsia     your peach 

I yearn for you on the mountain
I want what you give to the moon
I want to know you carnally
in every form of the holy 

Elephant-headed Ganesha
wrap your trunk around me
Blue-stained Krishna
meet me where the lotus blooms 

Mantis     Coyote      Raven
show me the tricks of desire
And you, O nameless one,     you fire
that is never consumed 

make me your temple dancer
woo me with sacred wine
I’ll follow you even into the church
of the agonized god     

in hushed light
with guttering candles
at evensong
I’ll pray for you 

O my dusky enchantment
be wilderness for me     be rainforest
be long line of pelicans dipping
wing tips into the surf 

do not abandon me to concrete
to traffic lights
to skies abuzz with planes
where no gold shimmers 

where city lights have bleached out
all your color
and I am lost
to lust and the holy



Naomi Ruth Lowinsky is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, California, and the poetry and fiction editor of Psychological Perspectives, which is published by the Los Angeles Jung Institute. Her poem “Madelyn Dunham, Passing On” won first prize in the Obama Millennium Contest. Her work has been widely published and has appeared or is forthcoming in Argestes, Backwards City Review, Barely South Review, Bogg, Cadillac Cicatrix, The Cape Rock, The Chaffin Journal, Compass Rose, Comstock Review, Darkling, Dogwood Review, Earth’s Daughters, Eclipse, ellipsis…literature and art, Emprise Review, Euphony, Fourth River, Freshwater, G.W. Review, Ibbetson Street Press, Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Left Curve, Meridian Anthology Of Contemporary Poetry, Monkeybicycle, Nassau Review, The Pinch, Poem, Quiddity, Rattle, Reed Magazine, Runes, Schuylkill Valley Journal Of The Arts, Ship of Fools, Sierra Nevada Review, South Dakota Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Texas Review, Tightrope, Verdad, Visions International, Weber Studies, Westview, and Willow Review. Her poetry collection, Adagio & Lamentation, was published in July 2010. Two of her poems, “In the Garden” and “Emanuel,” were accepted for the Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises grandparenting anthology, Child Of My Child.