Saturday, June 10, 2006

'Strange Prophesies anew!'

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the death of Naomi Ginsberg, the inspiration for her son Allen's poem "Kaddish."

In "Kaddish," Allen Ginsberg quotes words that he says are from a letter his mother sent him one day before she died: "The key is in / the window, the key is in the sunlight at the window--I have / the key--Get married Allen don't take drugs . . . ."

What a fascinating glimpse of divine truth.

The key is in the sunlight at the window. "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18).

While Ginsberg — describing them as "Strange Prophesies anew!" — uses Naomi's final written words as proof of her insanity, his mother was indeed prophetic. Loneliness and drug abuse were her son's greatest obstacles to the life of /Zen holiness that he sought.

Here is some of the poetry that I believe Naomi Ginsberg is hearing now:

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus,
Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis
libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.