Paramhansa Yogananda at the Sea in Encinitas

My Prisoner

Long You hid
Beneath the static of my restless thoughts,
Long You fled
In the chambers of eerie ether,
At last I found Thee
Hiding behind the quiet desert dunes
Of My desirelessness.
Fastened with strong cords of devotion
You are my Prisoner.
I’ll keep You
Locked in the dungeons of silence
Fastened beneath the bars of my closed eyes.
Beloved Prisoner
I’ll keep You enshrined
On the altar of my secret songs.
Beloved Captive
I’ll keep You hidden
In the bower of my caresses,
In the temple of my dreams.
Beloved Infinite
I’ll keep You ever imprisoned
Behind the strong walls of my undying love.

— August 1937