Poem by Michael Simon Drawing by Kimm Kiriako




– after Rumi

All’s well. But it doesn’t
appear so. And so we cook
as long as we need to,

until we’ve let go the want
to hold on: then we’re served
to whomever will have us,

to whomever desires
to be fed. Dead, we cannot
but live: not with purpose,

but in joy.

– inspired [ignited?] by Kimm’s work


“Alchemy is the art of liberating parts of the Cosmos from temporal existence and achieving perfection which, for metals is gold, and for man, longevity, then immortality and, finally, redemption. Material perfection was sought through the action of a preparation (Philosopher’s Stone for metals; Elixir of Life for humans), while spiritual ennoblement resulted from some form of inner revelation or other enlightenment (Gnosis, for example, in Hellenistic and western practices).”
– H.J. Shepard

Etymology – redemption (n.)
mid-14c., “deliverance from sin,” from Old French redemcion (12c.) and directly from Latin redemptionem (nominative redemptio) “a buying back, releasing, ransoming” (also “bribery”), noun of action from past participle stem of redimere “to redeem, buy back,” from red- “back” (see re-) + emere “to take, buy, gain, procure” (see exempt).

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