(It is probably appropriate to end this week of vacation with the revisit of this post from about a year ago!)

This poem was written in Torrey Pines Park in Southern California, a place of inspiration that was a precursor to The Power of TED*.  The title of the poem has a dual meaning: Torrey Pine is a tree and the word pine as means “yearning.”  Hope you enjoy!

Torrey Pine

High among the Torrey Pines

a pelican glides by at eye level

and joins me in looking down the jagged cliffs

at the shore and the surf and the

fathomless expanse of the sea – and life.

Occupying for a brief span of time

this vantaged view,

I too ask: why – and for what – do I come here?

Here.  Torrey Pines.  California.  Planet Earth.  This Life.

Am I not like that wave?

Emerging individualized from the Allness of the Sea,

coming ashore to make my contribution

before disappearing into the Oneness.

I am only one wave among the countless,

continuous collectivity that undulates

eternally up and down the interface

between earth and sea and sky.

Yet each wave fulfills its purpose.

Carrying with it an exchange between the Oneness

and the firmament;

Conveying in its caress nutrients, positive ions, life,

beauty and soothing sound.

What is that which I am Called to contribute

in this brief emergence – what does my

caress of life carry in its wake?

Perhaps a thought or an insight or an inspiration,

like a poet’s reverie evoked by

one wave of experience.

This I know: one life lived more consciously and serenely

is enough to make it matter

that I follow the flow of my unfolding

and expressing

and giving.

So, for this I came: to share of my experience

as but one wave upon the shore

of conscious evolution.

A wave leaves no lasting legacy, but the cycle of life

would be incomplete without it.

And so am I

As are you

So are we

That wave.

–          David  Emerald (©2009)  4-27-02


To the Creator in you!

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