And before the flowers of Eden

And before the flowers of Eden

And before the flowers of Eden
fields ablaze with firebuds
bursting pistils bright with pollen
planets ringed with glowing insects
hornets diving burning meadows
sunlight flowing dense as lava.

In the brightness before the flowers of Eden
shapes flaming skyward
roaring grasses, rivers of sun
an incandescence of bees, humming
      like waterfalls
ecstatic songbirds plunging, gorging in
            splendor,
throats exploding with light,
symphonies of fire

Intimations of dawn.
The empty meadow waiting, stirring
      with fullness
a vague readiness
the luminous pregnancy of being.
Intuitions of a new race:
thoughts falling like rain
on the flowers of Eden.

– Chidananda Burke.

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