I went out into the woods in search of God, To seek shelter from the storm and find the divine within, To lose myself in wonder and awe gazing at the beauty of the trees. Like Nature's very own skyscrapers, their grandeur points towards the heavens, They diminish one's ego making us feel small in comparison to the vast cosmos. Illusive boundaries disappear as I fade into stillness, Worries flow seamlessly like the wind, Time lies at a standstill. As I stand alone in silence, the great mystery of existence emerges, It is beyond all logic and rational thought, Inexhaustible wonder supersedes the limited finite mind. As I gasp for air, the mystery slowly subsides, Until I meet it again, My next visit to the woods.
You can now listen to this poem in audio format in the link below.
A poem I wrote inspired by the key themes of the Tao Te Ching.
Nature, teach me how to live
To embrace change and
Flow effortlessly like the steady stream
To embody the wisdom of the trees
Who shed their leaves in the fall
Scattering their vibrant colours and
Peculiar shapes across the forest floor
So to can I
Learn to let go
Liberate and regenerate
For refresh and renewal
Nature, you do not judge
Night from day
Calm from storm
Chaos from order
What seems split in two, is all but one
And you do not rush
With time and ease
All that needs to be done is done
Nature, let me learn from you
Let me immerse myself in the vast natural world
For I am you, and you are I
I am you, you-I
Below is a poem I wrote on embracing the human condition, and all the beauty and terror that comes with it.
Humans such fragile beings
A desire to be heard
A desire to be seen
A vast longing to be loved and understood
Driven by ambitions and lofty goals
Riddled by confusion and anxiety
Grasping, clinging for any sort of certainty
Building great towers to protect our vulnerable egos
Prepare we may, prepare we can
But Nature will not cede to our demands
Where will you take shelter from the storm?
Where will you go when the flood rolls in?
Flow with the current of life
Dance with danger, tango with terror
What else can we do but love our difficulties
Keep them near, let them change you for they are dear
Beware of those who seek refuge in digital utopias
Seduced by the grand illusions of fame and fortune
Ignore the screens, those cold machines
With perfect bodies, perfect smiles, perfect lives and perfect teeth
What is a human but a flawed being in search of transcendence?
We can still embrace and overcome
We can rise above rough waters and high tides
We can still be human – after all