(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!
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
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
– David Emerald (©2009) 4-27-02
To the Creator in you!