Nature Poet

Poetry and nature

“Unity” in Yoga by Stephen W Emerick

Sunrise!  A brand new day…
Bathing trees in
Light from the east–
Tadasana
Mountain pose.

Sunset…a brand new night
Bathing trees in
Light from the west–
Paschimotanasana
Intense west stretch  East joins west,
Light joins shadow,
Blending into darkness…
Heeding nature’s
Great Lesson:
There is no forest
Of east or west
Only a forest of one
Om    Amen.

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Un convenio jurado con el Dios de La Montaña

                                     Un convenio jurado con el Dios de La Montaña

By  Stephen W Emerick  Translated by Martha Calderon Lahanas

La cordillera central de los Andes del Peru (como toda gran montaña)
Me mantiene despierto hasta la luz del amanecer…
Por lo que es lo más sagrado y está escrito en piedra,
baja desde la cumbre de las montañas…
Escrito está en las tablas de nuestros corazones-
Alrededor del fuego de la noche
Y asi es y asi fue con Moises en la Montaña Horeb, y aqui
Esta noche, durmiendo al pie de Machu Picchu!
Si usted hubiera estado también allá, usted entendería por qué
he jurado un convenio con
el Dios
De la Montaña!
Yo no le daré hospitalidad al miedo
Yo le daré hospedaje a la precaución pero brevemente.
Yo siempre y por una eternidad
Abriré mi corazón en el corazón
del Dios de la montaña!

 

Sworn Covenant with the God of the Mountain                                        Stephen W Emerick

The Central Andes with the Peruvian cordillera (like all great mountains)

Keeps me awake until morning’s light…

For what is most sacred and is written in stone,

Comes down from the mountain tops…

Writing itself on the tablets of our hearts–

Around the fires of the night…

And so it is and so it was with Moses on

Mount Horeb, and here

Tonight, sleeping at the foot of Machu Picchu!

If you too had been there you would know why

I have sworn a covenant with

The God

Of the Mountain!

 I shall grant no hospitality to fear.

 I shall entertain caution but briefly.

                                                                    I shall always and forever

Open my heart at the hearth

Of the God of the Mountain!

 

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Fairure’s Cairn

With every failure and every fear,
Yet another stone is placed
There upon the growing pile—
High upon the hill.

For far too long
My failures overwhelmed me–
Stones immense and mighty, waiting there,
High upon the hill…

Until the day I learned
To turn my failures
Into faith, and put an
End to hate.

And now I am returning
(wiser for the learning)
To home’s safe
And embracing harbor—

Only to see my failures have borne fruit,
Like fattened grapes
Upon an ancient arbor
As I look high upon the hill.

And failure’s cairn
Now guides me from high upon the hill,
As I sail upon the currents
Of a sea of milk and honey.

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Medicine Singing

Write a poem of medicine–

Write a poem of song

A poem of those you long for, and

(That wound when you were wronged).

Of the bridges you have burned (and)

The dreams for which you yearn “and”

Of your life and all its lessons

Blessing each one in their turn.

Live in the place where poetry is born.

Poetry is medicine singing–

For both the hopeful and forlorn…

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Human Nature

Peculiar Perspicuity 4

Human nature: our role in relationships of one-to-another-and-nature. When the relationship is seamless it is profound and full of life.

When there are rents in the seam, we search for words to describe the phenomena. Twelve step programs may say “character defects”; psychologists may say “disorder”; spiritual counselor may say “lost”. Perhaps one word for when the human nature experiences emptiness/lack…..is “nature deficit” .

We are gifted that we bring our nature to bear on other natures. When we focus on judgments our lives impact the nature of others harshly. There then develops mental, spiritual and physical disorders of many kinds.

When judgment is removed, there is love. That, my friend, is The Nature of Life.

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The kindest of times ~

 

I came upon a pristine moment…

Just the other day ~

Right before I judged myself…

And promptly lost my way!

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Sworn Covenant

The Central Andes with the

Peruvian cordillera (like all great mountains)

Keeps me awake until morning’s light…

For what is most sacred and is written in stone,

Comes down from the mountain tops…

Writing itself on the tablets of our hearts–

Around the fires of the

night…

And so it is and so it was with Moses on

Mount Horeb, and here

Tonight, sleeping at the foot of Machu Picchu!

Daughter Shawna, Stephen and

don Oscar  Miro-Quesada, NYC 2011

Peruvian Shaman

If you too had been here you would know–

Why I have sworn a covenant

With

The God

Of the Mountain!

I shall grant no hospitality to fear.

I shall entertain caution but briefly.

I shall always and forever

Open my heart at the hearth

Of the God of the Mountain!

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Golden Thread by Shawna Emerick

Just back from time in India and the  Tureya Ashram , Shawna shares a poem from her experience -

Oh Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon,
May our memories meet soon.
Upon the open wings of the Eagle,
All spirits soar.
The species of the human’s souls
Yearns for so much more.
Our earthen legs take feeble steps,
While wondering mind becomes up swept.
Oh Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon,
May our memories meet soon.

 

 

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A Line of Smoke from The Black Hills

An ignorant white mind…

And so it was

I thought…

The Black Hills ~ Immovable.

Unbelievable:

An unborn mind

Blind.

Bison Beast,

Black Hills Bounty…

Placenta bursting forth from Wind Cave

The earth breathes, heaves ~ Birth.

Spirit of a moveable feast ~

Bison, Beast,

Tatonka.

Sage is lit…

A line of smoke ~

Moons glisten upon

Ebony horns trumpeting the

Coming of the

Black Hills ~ Eternal,

Tatonka

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Love Making, Naturally!

Blanketing quilt of forest greenery

And the dim of evening’s light ~

Love comes to embrace thee

Setting the day to night

 

Now is the time for love making

Beneath the evergreens bough

As lover’s bodies are aching

The moment has come for the Vow

 

And nature’s love is with me

In every thought I hold

I am forever yours I say ~

In autumn or winter’s cold

 

To thee I pledge made sacred

For as long as the stars will shine ~

I will lay with thee alone…

As my heart will always be thines

 

For here you will never hunger

Though the body be racked with pain,

Love is shared and partaken

As life looses its sense of strain

 

As the horizon lifts your burdens

Amid new morning’s glow

As sure as the salmon swims upstream,

You are loved and forever will know

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