Monday, May 29, 2006

I am One
By Don Iannone

I am one with the sun, moon and stars,
whose vastness makes me feel small and insignificant.
I am one with the flowers, birds and trees,
whose beauty erupts all about me in spring.
I am one with the deer and coyote
playing hide and seek in the forest behind us,
whose instinct outmatches all thinking.
I am one with the gentle wind--
lifting my spirits above the clouds
to where there is always light.
I am one with all sound--
both audible and beyond
creating music in my heart.
I am one with all notions of the divine,
including those denying my ability
to be one with all, and all with One.
I am one with with all sentient beings,
whose happiness and pain
are my happiness and pain.
I am one with all--
beyond whatever seeks to separate
because ultimately there is only...One.

15 comments:

Jewish Sexpert said...

Nice blog you have here. I like your way of writing.

Dan said...

Yep! Me too!
Another bullseye!

Don Iannone said...

Dan,

Yep. Thank you oh seer--the one who is One and who sees beyond all looking.

Don Iannone said...

Jewish S-expert...Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to visit often. Best wishes, Don

Darius said...

That sense that ultimately all is One, and originally was One, is at the least a strong intuition - but I think that more than this, it's suggested by the interconnectedness of life even as we know it now. Not just religion, but science too assumes that everything is one thing. If it were a world of forces acting with complete independence, it would be much less intelligible considered even in strictly empirical terms.

Rob said...

You have taken a leaf out of Walt Whitman's book and I am sure he would have approved.
Very sweet poem.

Pat Paulk said...

The living breathing organism of universal life. My weekend beer-soaked brain cells are really having to stand up tall, but they need a jolt back to reality. Great poem Don!!

gautami tripathy said...

I agree!

"I am with all--
beyond whatever seeks to separate
because ultimately there is only...One."

I always believed we can only be one with the ONE!

Don Iannone said...

Pat,

Beer-soaked, eh? Sounds like poetic justice to me. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Don Iannone said...

Gautami...Thank you. Just One!

Don Iannone said...

Rob...just call it Whitman 2006. Thanks.

Don Iannone said...

Darius...thanks for stopping by and commenting. Indeed science and religion are finding greater common ground.

Yet, their explanations remain different. For science, it remains a matter-energy-based universe and one that started with matter, and for various religious traditions there are different starting points. For some, it was a supernatural onset with a divine spark. For others, there is no beginning and no end.

Consciousness--not just human, in my book, is causal, is primary to matter, and goes all the way down. Matter is also real, but only because consciousness is inherent within it. Consciousness is what makes it all One.

Vivien Steels said...

Don - I love this poem. Reading it makes you feel serene & in harmoony with the universe.

Beautiful measured lines of poetry expressing that universal truth that we are all one with the world & all that is in it.

Vivien Steels said...

Sorry - in harmony with (rather than harmoony)!!

Don Iannone said...

Vivien,

Thanks for saying that. It is harmoony too, especially when there is a 'harvest moon.'

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