A poem is a tribute to my father and the miraculous rose bush that begins to bloom each year on the anniversary of his birth and death.
The speaker of "Flower Offering," from Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul, demonstrates the power of making a humble offering at the feet of the Divine Creator.
The speaker of the poem asserts that these “little fragments” come from “above” or from the higher consciousness that is one with Divinity.
The speaker in Yogananda’s "‘Tis All Unknown" likens the dawning of day to the unfolding of rosebud petals, hinting at the beauty of the opening of human consciousness.
Johnson's speaker offers an imaginative, dramatic rendering of the origin of creation.
The speaker/devotee addresses the Divine Essence, offering a catalogue of all the ways the seemingly separate entities are in fact united as one.
The phrase "two black eyes" operates first as an image and then as a symbol of eternal, spiritual love in Paramahansa Yogananda's poems about his beloved mother.
The speaker in the great guru’s “The Blood of the Rose” dramatizes his connection to the soul of the rose, won through his remorse after picking the flower.
The speaker in Yogananda’s poem, “Freedom,” declares his spiritual freedom, insisting that his soul is free regardless of the status or condition of his physical body.