Poetry | Three Gates From The Arabian Poem
A Poetry Project
I've been thinking about my grandchildren who have moved far away. How can I keep in touch with them and create a lasting bond? What can bring us together in an educational, pleasurable way and create a love of lasting beauty?
I am indebted to my mother for reading poetry to me as a young child. What touched me most was the rhythm of the words, their musical quality. Not so much the meaning because I was a slow learner, even dyslexic and had trouble in school. But, I do believe a few special poems have remained in my memory. Some flowery, others tell a tale, many rhyme and some surprise!
On a recent occasion, I had the chance to put the children to bed, and instead of reading the typical storybook, I pulled out a poetry anthology. Even though the comprehension level and vocabulary quite above them, it introduces mystery, a challenge, the 'sound' like music to their ears. With interest they could ask questions about the metaphors, the meaning of words and wait while I purposely paused during the reading.
Now that they have gone, I'm wondering if I can reach out to the children through the telephone, email and the internet? This begins the adventure together, I hope. I have taken the first step and we shall see what happens. You may ride along and even bring you children. The very first poem is called, "THREE GATES."
If you are tempted to reveal
A tale to you someone has told
About another, make it pass,
Before you speak, three gates of gold.
These narrow gates: First, "Is it true?"
Then, "Is it needful?" In your mind
Give truthful answer. And the next
Is last and narrowest, "Is it kind?"
And if to reach your lips at last
It passes through these gateways three,
Then you may tell the tale, nor fear
What the result of speech may be.
History of the Poem
Wikipedia | In the 1830's Chauncy Hare Townshend [1811-1869] studied mesmerism with Charles Dickens and dedicated "The Three Gates" (1859) in his name.
Mesmerism | Animals have a type animal charisma, a form of magnetism and have this ability to connect through this hypnotic state with others. Led by Franz Mesmer, a group of British colleague developed and practiced this art form of magnetism. They called the clinical techniques "mesmerism" to distinguish themselves from other types of hypnotism.
Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, also practiced this art form as a medical technique. In fact, it seems very closely allied to what many practice as Reiki today. The original mesmerists also used the "laying on of hands," and like qigong reported effects included various feelings: intense heat, trembling, and even trances, and seizures.
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