Lessons from Nature

Featured

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


Featured Image Source

Hope : A Poem

Featured

There is a crack in everything , that’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen
Beyond the tides of cynicism and depths of despair 
Past the grim ramblings of the evening news 
Therin lies a possibility, an opportunity for hope 

It comes to you like waves passing by 
Like clouds parting, making way for the crisp blue sky

Illusive and temporary, a light shines forth from above 
It arrives in many forms, an invitation, a sign which gently awaits 

Hope - the spontaneous ecstatic laughter of a child 
Hope - the wonder and awe evoked from gazing into the seemingly infinte cosmos 
Hope - the beauty of the morning sun radiating through the blossoming trees in the spring 

Subtle glimpses of transcendance  
Hints of the sublime
Unveiling the divine 
All point towards new paths and emergent possibilities 

As new horizons dawn upon us 
Hope arises 

It is through the gaps, that light shines through 
Light shines through                         



I am going to start recording some of my poetry to accompany the text with audio. Here is the audio version of this poem on Spotify.

A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life | Podcast on Spotify


Photo by Luis Dalvan on Pexels.com

Featured Image Source

The Realm of Becoming

Featured

An artist has got to be careful never really to arrive at a place where he thinks he’s at somewhere. You always have to realize that you’re constantly in a state of becoming. As long as you can stay in that realm, you’ll sort of be alright.

Bob Dylan

This poem was inspired by the above quote by Bob Dylan.


All security is false security

All that can be known is the unknown


Attempts to grasp onto the static, the stable, are short-lived


Echoing the words of Heraclitus, “you cannot step in the same river twice”

One’s life is always in a constant state of change, of flux


Terrified of this uncertainty, many of us desperately try to restrict our freedom

We turn to the world of ‘isms’ and ideologies

Narrowing our identity down to a role

We put on a mask and set fixed boundaries


Longing for this illusive hope of security, we cling to the past

Hold onto the ordinary


But the artist, the great innovators and heroes of the past, live in the realm of becoming

Nothing is set in stone

They embrace uncertainty, and leave the world of the known for the unknown 


Through this risk, they transcend their past selves, and strive towards a new path

For them, life is not a predefined set of rules

Rather it’s a blank canvas awaiting to be explored with one’s vivid imagination


Living on the edge of existence, these architects of the world pave the way forward  

They leave an open invitation awaiting all of us

A portal from the finite and into the infinite

A blank page


Like a river our existence is always in a state of change
Photo by Marta Wave on Pexels.com

Featured Image Source