Wonder

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If there is anything that I feel that I need to preserve as I grow old, it is wonder

The ability to find awe in the mundane, the seemingly bleak trenches of everyday existence

How is it that a child is to able to see the sublime in the routine? 
 
To look at the ordinary and see what is extraordinary  

To paint the world with their vivid imagination 

To have boundless curiosity radiate through their being

During a walk on a cool summer morning, my attention is suspended by the rising sun piercing through the hazy clouds 

Wonder emerges as I see the birds gliding through the sky, singing ecstatically

Soaring effortlessly into the horizon, they find reprieve in the towering trees

Riches, wealth and power all pale in comparison to the awe and bliss found in Nature

As I shed the veil of adulthood, I see the world once again as a child

A world of wonder 

A world of infinite possibility

An audio rendition of my poem The Artist

The Mysteries of Nature

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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. 

The following poem I wrote is inspired by ideas in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture

Lessons from Nature

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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


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