Answer Me, Please —
When a human spirit
falls in despair and desperation
into a deep and still silence
for purpose and meaning in Life—
Where, pray tell me, where exactly
can such an answer be found?
When a human soul
asks of itself,
“Who am I?”
Who, please tell me, who is it that answers?
When the soul inquires of itself,
“What is it, in all the world
my heart craves most dearly?
“ Who, or what for that matter, is it that knows?
And where, exactly, I wonder too,
do answers to such questions live?
Who is it that knows these things, anyway?
Are meaning and purpose and joy in life
found through the stirrings
of an alchemical creation inside
or discovered outside oneself through divine revelation,
or can they be inherited
the way we pass on
shame and insecurity or love and peace
religion and politics?
Might it be possible, I wonder, for purpose and meaning
to blossom forth in each moment of living
the way springtime opens into flower
the delicate bud of the wild iris thriving
rooted into the rocky soil on a mountain’s side?
Might I carry such a wild intelligence
within the vulnerable bud of my own being?
And which, I wonder,
is the more important:
The answers to these sacred questions
or the living hunger
of such questions nourished
on the altar of your heart?
Some part of me apparently feels a need to append a comment to the bottom of this post. Yet in trying to do so I find myself flailing for words and attempts at what feel like simplistic starts that want to appear as wisdom. They also have no end in sight… as though each start would lead on to interminable words or a long story or…
Yet I also love the simple simplicity of the prosaic reflection above, as is. It is as though it asks of us not answers but for more questions. Questions like: What questions keep you alive? What questions bring vigor into your life? What questions invite you into a larger and more expansive place of being? What questions are living in you?
I’d love to hear your comments on what questions most pressingly stir your heart, mind and soul these days.
Answer Me, Please— is an excerpt from an upcoming ebook release: The Once and Future Human: Wild Resiliency Reflections, Confessions, Aspirations and Invitations. Please contact me if your interested in personal or organizational support or speaking on the nourishment of your wild resiliency.