A new poem

  • A new poem

    Posted by John Ehrenfeld on January 20, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    This was inspired by Iain McGilchrist and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, from whom the first line springs.

    A Stroll with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Walking with God sounds presumptuous.
    That God should spend even a minute with me
    Ignores how much is already on God’s plate.
    God has to keep the rivers flowing,
    And the flowers growing,
    And the stars glowing,
    And that’s just the beginning.

    God does walk with me,
    But only when I stop thinking
    About God, and simply let myself
    Connect to the cosmos as it is.
    Not trying to figure it out.
    Thinking takes me away from
    My very being as a part of it.

    God is the river, the flower, the star.
    But never something I can reach out
    And see or hear or touch or smell.
    God is the seeing, hearing,
    The touching, smelling that can
    Stop my search for Why or What,
    And simply stand there, amazed.

    Amazed at being a part of a process
    That never started and never ends.
    How can that be?
    Always, the wrong question pops up.
    God cannot be found in the answer.
    Isn’t it strange that God joins me
    Only when the silence roars

    Craig Matheson replied 1 year, 4 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Craig Matheson

    January 21, 2023 at 11:18 am


    Your poem has a sweet depth about it that for me did stimulate a sort of calming source of vibe.

    Therein the opposites. Perhaps so designed to be a ‘brain teasing’ proposition, as well captured by your arrangement


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