Oh River, dear friend.
How clearly do you know your path.
While I sit here, clueless
Looking for direction
Hoping this apathy will lapse
To be still, to let what must pass, pass,
To trust that what must be, will be,
That in faith I will find my Destiny,
All of this I know and yet
In my heart there is a pit
A void I must fill.
Oh River, I sit beside you in friendship,
For in you I can confide.
My soul finds it difficult to share its pain and
in your presence I hope I may some answers find.
Life has been busy and now
it quietens down,
In the noise of constant activity,
and forgot how to listen to my deeper self.
But now I Hear.
And what, I do not know.
As I delve into my depths, tell me
Where do I go?
Tell me, how do I reach
My mind is a whirlwind of thoughts I cannot comprehend
The wider picture is missing
The pieces are magic, the whole is perfection
And yet there is a blindness
A could I cannot dispel
But my friend, I have embarked on a journey
And I have faith it ends well.
A journey I undertake to reconnect with my spirit.
And understand the unease in my heart.
Listening to your course and your nature
In my journey I embark
And to let myself be taken by the flow.
A journey I hope leads to my soul.
Hello again, my friend,
how have you been?
It's been a while,
and still you stand so peacefully
The world moves so fast, you see,
the seasons change, and now
you shed your leaves
And here you are, a hundred
or two hundred years of age,
Firm and Sure of your presence.
Over the years you nurture your
roots and as you grow they
Anchor you to the ground.
You know Yourself, come what may.
Let the harsh winds sway your
branches to and fro and the
storms reck chaos and hell
upon your land.
It matters not, for here you stand.
And with your indifference towards
the world's doings, somehow,
I feel your beckoning still.
There is a warmth and
timeless kindness that penetrates
my soul and being.
I know I'm not alone, because
I have you, my friend.
The years may go by but our
friendship will never change.
With your wisdom, take me
where the sunlight will find me.
Smooth as silk
Fierce, sharp and cold
Shimmering, Colourful, Translucent,
A Mirror to all she knows,
Moulded by circumstance
While circumstance she moulds,
And the look of all she beholds...
Peaceful as air,
Violent as wind,
Like fire, she’s Merciless, Great but also Forgiving,
Alive though not living,
Defiant yet Listening.
She is Light as she is darkness
And she is thunder as she is Silence,
All are drawn to her, a Siren, Enchantress,
Intensely seen and heard and felt, yet alas!
to all, a ghost, long forgotten and past.
She, the Ephemeral Glimmer,
Our Hero, our Saviour our Martyr,
Yet Proud, Strong and Unfaltering.
She stands Eternal, Immortal,
Watching over us all,
Queen and Slave of the Living and the Dead.
The world is, and of it, I am.
Knowing this, the sky behind the
clouds is seen, the sun's colours
are most warmly felt,
And all the World is at Peace.
It is, because I know
And I know because it is
No need for rational thought
When what is plain is felt
It is not life that I have but
life that I am, and being this
most wondrous existence,
They say the world is without magic
I dare not imagine what such a world would be
All grey, all same, unending tunnels of suffering and greed
Where all is due to chance alone
And pleasure is confused with need
Where fulfilment is impossible and
Thought, love and kindness are unfree.
In such a place, one dares not trust,
the Universe is the enemy,
Reality is Deceptive, Desolate and Dangerous
and Reward comes only to those who fight free
while others struggle in existence
left to contemplate on the cruelty of mankind,
living on to blank purpose
and to darkness are they confined.
Separation is their ambition,
In glass and concrete they bury themselves,
and to Machines they sell their spirits
For numbers are more important than the company
Perhaps in such a world the birds no longer chirp
because the trees are no longer there,
Instead they hear the clang and drop and honk of a busy life
that hunts them everywhere.
Imagine! In such a place animals are caged,
Feared are they as misunderstood is their majesty,
And see, breathing pure air is just a privilege,
As is drinking clean water free.
Day in and day out they use their numbers to
trash the Land and corrupt the Seas,
They say it brings them joy,
As much as poisoning their bodies brings them glee.
With happiness must come sadness
And with comfort must come pain,
Those few who find Contentment are
Scorned for their endeavours to abstain
from the rituals that bring pleasure
but dig a gaping hole inside,
Uncomprehended are those who seek true peace
and meaning and connect rather than abide.
No, but even in such a world, if life sustaineth still
then magic still shall there be
So lost into ourselves and disconnected from our souls,
No longer do we miracles or marvels see
Does life, beauty and complexity no longer sprout from the smallest seed,
the diversity and ingenuity of all Nature’s forms not strike you as a marvellous deed?
For when in Silence, I observe Nature’s grace and charm and style,
I feel, I know, I Belong to