that in everything you do
however you might feel
you are beacon and light
a link in a chain
longer than yourself
passing on cultures
histories and heritages
for them that need them now
to grow and develop
and then one day become
worthy spirits of this Earth
this sacred burden
this never ending work
the big wheels turn
the rivers flow
this is your task
How many noble dreams have been dreamed
by so many noble people long ago gone?
Wise and deep souls of all eras,
Where do your thoughts and high hopes live today?
Whenever I get lost in my inner labyrinths
snared in weeds that I failed to uproot
I gaze up to the sky and feel the wind
grass and trees tell me whispers
in their graceful dance
invoking the magic
of every culture bottomless depths
murmuring that somehow among us
all heritages are still alive
flowing and growing
wisdoms of the ages passing along
over the abyss of time
assuming different forms and kinds
and slowly distilling truths
that no one alone could envision before.
And then at last
in recovering my inner peace,
I do not fear death or distance anymore,
since knowing that the breath of my mind
will somehow live on beyond me
in bequeathing my deep love
the nectar of my best thoughts and deeds
will somehow enrich the future world
and pass a little treasure on.
Although I somehow guessed it before
it never so clearly dawned on me
that behind most troubles and failures
every stagnation and depression
there is always the same key reason,
natural, petty and utterly harmful,
a nasty, poor and coward human condition
lurking in our depths
when there is no inspiration
to find meaningful change
all failures are nothing
but plain and simple
failures of imagination.
Oh morning Sun!
by clouds and wind unperturbed
with your calm and joy so powerful
let your energy flow
enlighten and inspire me
to overcome my flaws
to accept my share
to become wiser
in the peace of my inner garden
every sight turns wide open
every murmur becomes river flow
ah! subtle moments of awareness
cherished insights of the soul
a chirping bird, a gentle Sun,
and I fear no more
For as long as I remember
have I been a path-seeking,
out-of-place and often weird,
Forced to socialize by convention,
but by nature drawn to bare contemplation.
Enjoying the charms of conversation,
but mostly thriving in thought and reflection.
Only after half a life
of growth and learning
did I find a dancing balance
between duty to my fellow humans,
and that innermost need
for silence and solitude.
Peace, at last.
In contemplating through
the charm and challenge
of our existence,
my heart-mind warms up and asks:
what have we learned?
what have we meant?
what have we left?
Sowing seeds and ploughing our land
investing in the long term now
shining for each other,
with love and patience
for you, for me,
for all of us.
What a privilege to be alive
here, on this Earth,
with you, and now.