I… I am a man,
or so they tell me.
But what, pray tell, is a man?
In truth, I mean.
If a man be woven of story
if he knows who he is
by the God he names
by the family he is born into
by the country he calls home
by the color of his skin
or the size of his waist or hands
or the dollars in his bank
Or the letters of achievement
following his name
or by the worth of horses
in his pasture
or by his liquor or drugs of choice
or by his gender affinities
or by his politics or music of choice…
Is this the best we can do?
But what if a man be woven of story
And he knows himself
author and sovereign teller of his story?
And if this man be woven of threads
threads weaving a dream
back through cosmic time
as old as the first inspiration
pregnancy’s emergent embedded impulse
exhaling the birth of a virgin star…
And if he be woven from community
if he be woven from branches and roots
of the Tree of Life rooted
into the living soil of ancestry
an ancestral lineage naming
fire and earth and water and air and Spirit
East and West and North and South and Up and Down
In and Out as above so as below…
If this man dreams of branches
touching stars day and night
If this man’s roots are woven deep into Mystery
into wonder and awe and curiosity
and into a love of truth and beauty and of what-is
a love of questions themselves
and an honoring of the unknown…
Tell me, and tell me true, please,
What is a man?
I kept feeling the haunt of another post after writing this one so went in search of an itch. A Question for you is a previous post you might also appreciate if this one scratched an itch for you.
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Larry Glover aspires to discover what being human truly is, particularly in a paradoxical world woven of mystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through his writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com