arched entrance way to
the eleven circles of the
Rose, mystic pathway
to enlightenment, snow
covered dome above
earth’s spring, seed of
virgin soil, peddles of
mans toil, spiritual
journey taken beyond death

decorated Monastery
concealing
Buddha’s Blossom

stone hallway of sculpture
painted pillars describing
the ways of charm, stairway
to the hidden stem of life

under the rays of heaven
robe summons leading to
the doorway to the Rose’s
sacred chamber, seven disciples
taking their ceremonial rites

guiding each spirit looking
to enter, to their waiting place
within the rings of rebirth

a continuous journey in time
where their soul no longer
needs to return for observance
their deeds on the physical
plane having freed their essence,
touch of the Rose’s fragrance
taking them beyond death,
the world of our Lord, freeing
them from the forces of
evil and the words of man forever

Analysis, meaning and summary of Joseph Mayo Wristen's poem Monastery of the Rose

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