The Sphinx, Redux

a poem

Lynne Nardizzi
Apr 7, 2020 · 2 min read
photo by the author, Sphinx in the rocks, Galisteo, NM

I woke up today
and the Sphinx
called me back
and so
I returned

this time
I hiked
a different hike
yet
as we know
all roads lead
to the Sphinx

so within an hour
there he was
rising
majestically
among the rocks
in the desert

long time no see
said I
he was silent

so I climbed up the hill
of rocks
in which he reigned
and sat beneath him
in the sun

I asked him “why?”
he stayed silent
I asked him “what?”
still he was silent

then I remembered
this is a problem
of mine
too many questions
and the answer is
simply
be silent
go within
surrender
to the unknown

so this
I did
I sat and I sat
in the company
of the grand Sphinx
and then I understood
how to communicate
with him

he talks in riddles
he speaks in rhymes
and when you empty
your mind
of all conditioning
you may see
what he sees

he showed me the sun
he showed me the wind
a hawk, soaring
birds, twittering
new spring buds
opening
on the piñon tree
that offered me shade
the smell of juniper
fresh in the air
an ant crawled on my leg
a fly buzzed past me
a caterpillar caterpillar’ed
through the dusty dirt

solitude
and silence
offer solace
solace is peace
peace and healing
is what we need

I sat and I Sphinx’ed
all day long
I thought I’d get hungry
for I had no food
but my soul
was full
and I needed
nothing

I stayed til it got dark
and I bade the Sphinx
goodbye
like an old friend
til next time

and the Sphinx
the great Sphinx
finally
spoke

quite clearly
he said

I’ll be right here
and I’ll be there
for I am everywhere
wherever you are
because I am
endless
and timeless
limitless
and boundless
all in nature is this
and so
my friend
are you

photo by the author, finding solace in nature, Galisteo, New Mexico

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