Ultimate wish

content with the bare essentials
wanting nothing beyond enough
in this my only life
I chose to spend my days with joy
working without pretension
to bequeath a better world
is since long my one and only goal
and when that last day comes,
Mother Nature,
I will yield to your timely call
and at once without looking back
I will gladly return to you.

Marcus Antoninus

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One more reminder to the self

Never forget
that in everything you do
however you might feel
you are beacon and light
a link in a chain
longer than yourself
binding generations
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
never regret
never abdicate
this sacred burden
this never ending work
the big wheels turn
the rivers flow
this is your task
your reason
your joy.

Marcus Antoninus

Contemplation

In contemplating through
the charm and challenge
of our daily existence,
my heart-mind warms up and asks:
what have we learned?
what have we meant?
what have we left?

Sowing seeds and working 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.

Marcus Antoninus

Finding a vision

among the profusion of stars
there are a precious few
that without pretense or delight
guide my way through the night
the humble mission to care
the noble task to provide
the lofty goal of an understanding mind
while holding them close to my heart
I no longer fear the dark
sailing away with renewed strength
amidst long sought inner peace and calm

Marcus Antoninus