POETRY

Teaching What I Need To Learn

 
 
 
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”

~Plutarch

Life,
constantly changing;
certainty
only promulgates uncertainty.
 
Resisting change gets us stuck,
not a good place to be;
accept changes in life,
embrace them,
move on,
evolve,
like you are programmed to
No doubt you are a soul of substance,
have seen your shimmering quality
and gravitated to it
since we first met.
 
So often the case
we are last to discover this
about ourselves.
 
Hanging on to old selves
becomes
self-defeating
ultimately leaving us
being,
or
trying to be
someone who is not authentic.
Know when I speak like this,
these are not sagely words of one
perched under a Banyan tree,
but
a neophyte in life,
teaching what I need to learn.
 
Copyright © Henri Ferguson 2003
All rights reserved.

Author notes

The seed of this was planted in a letter to an old friend. We have corresponded on many life issues, and have in many ways been mirrors for one another. This poem came out of a response I had written. Too much of an opportunist to let these thoughts slip by without getting a few more miles out of them.
 
Written October 25th, 2003
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