Thursday, March 20, 2014

Seeing The Essence

I like leaves and lichen
the bark of trees
watching bees and if you please
picnicking with just an apple
while I am sitting on a grassy knoll
and resting briefly from the stroll
through the forest, or on the trail
what I see in front of me
is the treasure of the find
feather, pebble or photograph
and now I have been told
to bring my little sketchbook too
as a simple drawing
becomes my breakthrough
into storing
if you please.

I say ‘if you please’,
as I feel I need helpers to
teach me drawing
so that I will do
something worth showing you.
But that is not what I need
never worry about the others
draw for nature and all the Devas
bring your gentle eyes to see
all that is hidden generally
from those who rush through life
and miss the lichen or the feathers
never, ever, looking down
at a close-up study of what’s around.

We think every grain of sand
is the same as every other
but is it so, I do wonder.
Every leaf is not the same
and every feather knows it came
from it’s own bird, passing by
and the pattern there does not lie.
Each feather landed where it is
as things come from where they Be
and finding them is a treat
and drawing them helps you see.

Draw anything and do it quickly,
or look closely
and then look away
and use your memory to display
a little image of how it was
in the instant of the sketch,
and if it looks not like what others see
that does not matter materially
as the exercise is to observe
and with your eye
perceive what’s new
not to the object, but to your view.

Every way we look at things
brings us something to begin
to understand a different way
and a close-up from a study
simplifies what the eyes do see,
as it has detail with every view
so sketch the essence coming through.

Look at life and yourself
see what’s new, that always was,
and see how you
can look right through
to the essence of the moment,
what is it here to show,
what do you See
what do you know.
Will you ever be your Self,
is your essence in the heart of you
what others see, or what you do.
Will you ever be yourself
will you just simply Be
who you are for all to see.

Oh, what joy we all would feel
if we were true
and looked the same in every sketch
just a simple Being
with a certain smile
and all the day and every-while
we know we are loved
and we simply follow all the signs along our path
to live in clarity and live with heart.

So I will take my sketchbook now
and look for me
and see just how I picture in the pencil view,
will I paint myself in iridescent hues.
Whatever way I live my day
may it be in truth and light
with some play and honesty,
may nature spirits dance with me.

(Written on the Autumn Equinox, March 21, 2014)

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