The Fascination…

Perfectly Imperfect....

 

It’s odd what will catch my eye sometimes.  While jogging in a local park, I finished and while walking back with my sons, I noticed this tree.  It was a small oak that had a limb removed.  The removal was healed over and the tree was clearly healthy.  I took a photo, touched it, looked for a bit, and drove home.  Later on in the evening,(probably because I think too much) I found myself comparing this tree to myself.  Here it had lost a limb, suffered significant trauma, yet was living well.  Honestly, there are times when the light just seems rather dim.  It’s at moments like that, when I need to remember that if the tree can, so can I!!  There is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how long or arduous, and it’s keeping that in mind that can help any of us move forward confidently in life.

———

On the path I saw it….

solitary in its elegance….

Perfectly imperfect with a story in every crease…

Center of power with true radiance…

Each chop a beauty mark,

and every cut a distinguishment…

A life without pain has not been lived…

Comparisons are few without contrast…

I have seen pain…

I have felt pain….

but before me now, I saw beauty…

the absence of suffering was apparent…

and beauty is what I saw…

 

David L. Whitman 04/03/2012 from under a sky so blue….

 

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16 thoughts on “The Fascination…

  1. last three lines are the best david, well said 🙂

    i’ve noticed that your inspirations were based on the things that you see in your environment, that left me with the thought that you’re a nature lover and a keen observer, and that’s an impressive characteristic of a poet david 😉

    good luck with the succeeding creations!

  2. Truly touching piece here…thank you! I can relate to this well David. I visit a wildlife refuge here frequently and contemplate what the injured animals who have been rescued must be experiencing, living a life unlike that which nature intended. I have faced my own challenges in this regard, so easy to compare. The natural world allows us to go deeper and find peace with our own reality. Loved your work!

    • thank you so much, Robyn….I understand what you are saying….Along with being beautiful, and being something to protect, it helps me understand my own life…thank you so much….

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