Ouroboros

Bronze Ouroboros Ring By PocketandSpark

(The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail to form a circle.)

Beginning in the End / Ouroboros

- By Lucy Hinton

How strange ~

In search of the end

I find beginnings

In facing death

I find life

In night’s darkness

I see the furthest

In the pit of weakness

I find strength

Is anything really

as separate as it seems?

It is pointless to try and outrun

The ecstatic agony of my caring

Even death is a hallmark of my union

with every crawling and leafy relation

The very mouth through which

The breath of life keeps moving

The ruthless enabler

Of infinite change

Death marks my end

And yet is not final

For it is impossible

To renounce

The intimacy of belonging

Or to be abandoned by it ~

This limitless soul knows no bounds ~

And I am the universe

From which I seek

My final resting place

Gnostic depiction of the Ouroboros.

Codex Venetus Marcianus, 299 (2325) 11th century CE

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Endings and Beginnings / Ouroboros

- By Lucy Hinton

How strange ~

In search of the end

I find beginnings

In facing death

I find life

In night’s darkness

I see the furthest

In the pit of weakness

I find strength

Is anything really

as separate as it seems?

Nature’s hologram web

Reveals a cycle of cycles

In which the tiniest circle

Contains the biggest

There is no such thing as a symbol

And yet symbols are the portals

Through which I touch

The familiar texture of my mystery

Nature tells the truth

Yet speaks in riddles

It is pointless to try and outrun

The ecstatic agony of caring

Even death is a hallmark of my union

with every crawling and leafy relation

The very mouth through which

The breath of life keeps moving

The ruthless enabler

Of infinite change

Death marks my end

And yet is not final

For it is impossible

To renounce

The intimacy of belonging

Or to be abandoned by it ~

This limitless soul knows no bounds ~

And I am the universe

From which I seek

My final resting place