A Song of Relation to the World

July 20, 2012 - Leave a Response

Reposted from The Animus: http://animistpoet.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/a-song-of-relation-to-the-world/

All my Relations, Above and Below,
And in the Four Directions,
I am singing for you.

All around me the world is bright, balanced, and beautiful.
All around me the land is solid, dark, and beautiful.

All around me the world is blue, lush, and beautiful.
All around me the sky is fluid, full of light, and beautiful.

All around me the world is calm, misted, and beautiful.
All around me the waters are swirling serenely, and beautiful.

All around me the world is living fire, and beautiful.
All around me the animals are eating, talking, and beautiful.

All around me the world is reaching, growing, and beautiful.
All around me the plants are breathing, laughing, and beautiful.

Above and Below, and in the Four Directions,
From the Center, I am singing for you,
All my Relations.

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A Song of Place and Purpose

July 20, 2012 - Leave a Response

Reposted from The Animus: http://animistpoet.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/a-song-of-place-and-purpose/.

The world is a place of miracles,
Full of fire and movement.
I am smoke, dancing
Away into the sky.

The world is a place of miracles,
Full of water and light.
I am a reflection, running
Along the riverbank.

The world is a place of miracles,
Full of clay and breath.
I am a kiln, panting
In my creation.

The world is a place of miracles,
Full of bluster and mystery.
I am the wind, laughing
Always to myself.

Actionable virtue

June 18, 2012 - Leave a Response

Honor, courage, and accountability are virtuous qualities. But they, like any quality, can be extremely destructive if used outside of necessity.

Honor, when pursued at an unnecessary time, becomes deceit.
Courage, when called on at an unnecessary time, becomes cowardice.
Accountability, when taken at an unnecessary time, becomes a crushing burden.

Timing is the most important aspect of any quality.
To understand timing, patience is essential.

Patience is therefore the greatest actionable virtue, because it ensures that proper action is taken.

Out for a walk

February 15, 2012 - Leave a Response

When walking, look forward. It’s where you’ll go.

Doing what you can

May 10, 2011 - Leave a Response

Things you need to do are ultimately things you can do.
If you can’t do something, you can’t have needed to do it.

It’s a capability/responsibility issue:
You’re only responsible for that which you’re capable.

Beyond that is the impossible, and no one can justly hold you accountable for failure in the face of the impossible.
In the same way, no one can justly accept credit for any level of success they have in the face of the impossible.

“Doing nothing” therefore means doing what you need to do.
Doing what you need to do means doing what you can.
Doing what you can is the only way to be fulfilled, and therefore is the embodiment of Tao.

This is why it’s said that doing nothing is the way of Tao.

Making do

May 9, 2011 - Leave a Response

Make do with what you have and play the hand you’re dealt.
It is impossible to obtain all the same things in life that others will obtain.

These things are easy to hear, but take time to understand.

Use what is there and discover a way to turn it into peace of mind.
When the mind is at rest, not exhausting itself over pointless things, then it is able to achieve whatever it needs, no matter how few resources are at hand.

Peace of mind only requires that care is taken with all action, that what needs to be done gets done, and that patience is a constant presence.

This is part of what is meant by living “like a sage.”

Go home

April 15, 2011 - 3 Responses

Go home. Not to your house, but to the place that knows you. Do a little catching up. Ask the dirt what’s been going on since the last time you spoke. Listen to the wind laugh at your jokes. Sit down for a drink with the grasses and trees or cacti. Let the droning bugs lull you to sleep. Trust them. It’s their home, too.

You’ll never understand how intimately this world knows and cares for you until you pay it a little attention.

This is why so many people put their focus on other things, either manufactured things or on things that are beyond this world: They have no mind to commune with the place that continuously and without reserve gives them life.

Imperceptible greatness

March 8, 2011 - Leave a Response

The Tao is great because it is imperceptible.
It cannot be perceived because it is too simple.
It is simple because it is so great.

Thus it is circular, but has no edge.

The Tao is this:

Two haiku

March 1, 2011 - 2 Responses

Curious sparrow
Hops after
A leaf in the wind.

Large spider hunts
Across garage floor,
Calculating each step.

Postcard poem 7

February 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

From Ryden's "Tree Show" series.
#7
Eventually, we all feed
the trees. As we lie
with the earth, our vessels
are still needed. The grasses
take our skin, each shrub
assumes our flesh, and our bones
ascend to uphold great
branches and trunks.
This recycling is not
to be feared, but celebrated.
Brought back in the guise
of spring leaf or acorn,
our life is here again.

Postcard poem 6

February 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

#6
Always
bystanders, we hover
in the backgrounds, forgotten
when the realm of progress
intersects our lives.
They pass in smoke,
fearful grins driving
them onward, forward;
always working, hemming
our gametrails, our
influence.
We, like you, live
for more.

Postcard poem 5

February 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

From Ryden's "Tree Show" series.
#5
This world has eyes
employed throughout
its kingdoms, and we
have always felt
their presence.
Such awareness
will haunt us if not
acknowledged. Those among
us who do,
however, will be
the saints our great-
grandchildren
pray to.