by Roberta R. Barnes © 1993
This was first published in a journal in May 1993. I wrote this poem as a way of showing that what we think we are seeing can be different then what is actually happening or being felt by another.
There is sometimes more knowledge in the mystery around us than in what our logical mind knows. Sometimes what a person thinks he or she is seeing will bring sadness, but when viewed from a different angle it brings the opposite.
This reflects one of the concepts within the original spiritual practice of Usui Reiki Ryoho. As you read this poem know that the ‘look closer” actually means take off your blinders and look beyond.
In the middle of a field he stands alone
No visible comforts
None of his own kind within voices reach,
Awaiting the wind’s fury
Facing the unsure seasons.
I walk closer
My eyes fixed on the lone strong form.
A disregarded part of him cracks under my weight.
My heart bleeds.
My tears fall.
The wind blows warm and words fall upon my ears,
“Friend, dry your tears.
“I have found my place
Deep within the earth,
In view of the radiant sun,
In the moon’s shimmer.
I have had snow surround me, glistening brighter than man’s gems.
I stand against the wind’s fury.
I am cradled in the caressing breezes.
Many seek me out, Finding shelter within me,
Teaching their young the freedom of the skies,
Letting me shield them from the elements.
Life grows around me,
I have none to Cage my growth,
Cut off my hands that reach to the sky,
nor force me to take in what I do not choose.
I stand alone — at peace.
I am not lonely my friend,
I am Free.
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