New Poem – What is this life?

 

What is this life?

If it is not

As if to walk

Weightless

In this thin bright air

 

Openly and lightly

Like children

You know…

 

Simple joys,

Easily found,

That resonate

Beyond all measure.

 

Thus are we ushered

Gently into this world

And then challenged

To find

Our way home again

With our hearts open,

To where heaven knows

There are pearls awaiting.

 

Along with the chance,

Day by gleaming day,

To come to realise

The more generously

We shine,

The more we will

Blossom and prosper

Along a path

Where how stunning

It is to still be alive

When, just once in a while,

Those who could never sing

Suddenly can!

 

And as you pause

To marvel at that,

Best to know

All those

Who similarly bless you

In faith

Helped make it so.

 

See how boundless love

Brings time to its knees.

 

A gift beyond compare.

69 Comments

  1. The timing of this poem is perfect. You amaze me with your insight. Another beautiful piece.

  2. Bjorn Rudberg

    Scott, what a joyful ode to life… I really love how it brings time to its knees, a great way to express it.

  3. Hello dear Scott I translate your poem in Greek language Congratulations LIFE IS VALUE

    Τι είναι αυτή η ζωή;
    αν δεν είναι
    σαν να περπατάς
    άβίαστα
    σε αυτό το λεπτό φωτεινό αέρα

    Ανοιχτά και ελαφρά
    Όπως τα παιδιά
    Ξέρεις…

    Απλές χαρές,
    που εύκολα βρισκεις
    Αυτό αντηχεί
    Πέρα από όλα
    Έτσι έχουμε αρχίσει
    Ήπια σε αυτόν τον κόσμο
    Και τότε αμφισβητήθηκε
    Να βρούμε
    τον δρόμο μας στο σπίτι ξανά
    Με τις καρδιές μας ανοιχτές,
    Εκεί όπου ο ουρανός ξέρει
    Υπάρχουν μαργαριτάρια που περιμένουν.

    Με την ευκαιρία,
    μια αστραφτερή ημέρα,
    Για να συνειδητοποιήσουμε
    πόσο γενναιόδωρα
    εμεις λάμπουμε,
    Όσο περισσότερο θέλουμε
    να ανθήσουμε και να ευημερήσουμε
    Κατά μήκος ενός μονοπατιού
    που πόσο εκπληκτικό ειναι
    να είσαι ακόμα ζωντανός
    Όταν, μόνο μία φορά σε μια στιγμή,
    Όσοι δεν μπορούσαν ποτέ να τραγουδήσουν
    Ξαφνικά μπορεί!

    Και καθώς σταματάτε
    Για να θαυμασετε
    και να μαθετε καλύτερα
    ολα αυτα
    Ποιος επίσης σας ευλογεί
    Με την πίστη
    Βοήθησε να γινει αυτο
    Δείτε πόσο απεριόριστη αγάπη
    φέρνει ο χρόνος στην ζωή σου
    Ένα δώρο που δεν συγκρίνεται

    Scott says: Thank you so much dear Kapardeli – I am honoured by both the time and care you have invested in your immediate response of translation into the language of a nation that has as its heritage arguably the greatest civilisation the world has ever known.

  4. Jon Stronstad

    Your poetry, it’s beautiful and honest.

  5. Love this, especially the last verse:

    “Best to know

    All those

    Who similarly bless you

    In faith

    Helped make it so.

    See how boundless love

    Brings time to its knees.

    A gift beyond compare.”

    Simple and elegant at the same time. Bravo!

  6. JT Smith

    Once again, the consciousness of Life’s rewards are bestowed on you. The last stanza includes how Time can bent by a boundless love. it’s very true. All of these details lead into a higher sense of wisdom. It’s these gentle reflections which open more than hearts and minds. The readers follow you on a different type of soul journey. My only regret is that I wish there were more words to express this rekindled beauty. I realise that brevity is a gift. I learn from you as my mentor and friend about the economy of wordage. You don’t have to fill an entire page with overcrowded metaphors.

    Anyhow, thanks Scott. we push ourselves into the threshold of our human connection. Thank goodness for that too.

    Always,

    Jt

  7. Lisa C. miller

    A beautiful piece.

  8. Laura Bailey

    So happy am I to wander around in your wonderful world !
    Thank you Scottie for sharing the happiness !

  9. “See how boundless love

    Brings time to its knees.

    A gift beyond compare.”

    What a splendid ending to such masterful poetry.
    You have delivered a masterpiece! I savored every line.

  10. Saideh Pakravan

    Lovely poem, thanks for sharing.

  11. What a gift it is: To live just to share love with those whose presence makes us happy.Blessings forever, dear Scott!

  12. Bethany Bull

    A very gentle prose about love, life and time. I felt like a bubbling brook, tip toe-ing happily along life’s wonderful journey…

  13. Sunaina Sindhwani

    This is indeed a very good poem about life. Do keep writing as it motivates and illuminates me and others too.

  14. I found this poem very touching. Thank you for sharing it.

  15. Calming beautiful words that relaxes the reader, making them content that all will be well. Beautiful.

  16. It runs with the bright flow of a lyrical song, half spoken sung, add a simply 3 strung cigar box (guitar) and one can imagine a beautiful sunset, a stream and sitting on a rock in a soft meadow… As opposed to the harsh world where we are often between a rock and a hard place.

  17. Inspirational! such gentle words. 🙂

  18. Vivian Hadleigh

    Lovely, Scott, and just what I was thinking about this very day.

  19. Satish Kumar Shukla

    …Boundless love brings time to its knees…
    Graphic your phrase, rich your imagination, a peal of joy to the reader ear…
    Good! So good!

  20. Don MacIver

    There is an indelible charm in your photographic moments savoring a life of exploration and discovery, Scott. This passion transcends through your poetry which seems to live and breathe a life all its own. Wondrous your mind is!

  21. Yeshi Gemaneh

    “What is Life” Challenging question. Who would exactly knows the answer? A poet has numerated some, still that does not answer all. Regardless, I enjoyed it, and good flow.

  22. As a pastor let me say, this poem blossoms with biblical insight.
    Beautiful, touching, a place we all long to inhabit.
    Thank, Scott, another touching and well fashioned work.

  23. Abu Siddick

    Loved it reading this, Sir. Much to enjoy here too.

  24. How deeply you inspire my friend! This is wonderfully uplifting, healing; truly a celebration of life. When I read you, dear Scott, my heart softens, its tremulous beat less erratic, my mind awakened to all those things that truly matter in life. The world desperately needs this right now; the world does indeed need you! We need to love life again for what it was, as it is now, and truly what it could be again for all days to come. Please never tire of spreading the light for it shines a glorious ray of contentment upon our heart and soul.

  25. Neena Sharma

    So insightful So profound…Congrats Scottie sir on your new Marvel! Yes indeed, Life is amazing, if we have a daily Tete a Tete with the higher self and feel light by transferring our day today burdens or problems, loads of work, on to the almighty and suddenly like a gush of wind, you feel flying high above your mountain like problems, just like an Angel flying high, Light in mind and body , radiating Light and Might to the Globe down. And in your own words as you put it…
    It is an amazing feeling, out of the world; So ethereal empyreal!

    Along with the chance,

    Day by gleaming day,

    To come to realise

    The more generously

    We shine,

    The more we will

    Blossom and prosper

    Along a path

    Where how stunning

    It is to still be alive

    When, just once in a while,

    Those who could never sing

    Suddenly can

    Thanks a lot for including me in this…
    Much Regard
    With all my Divine Love
    Neena

  26. Excellent work as ever dear Scott. In today’s world filled with suffocated reality people need to inhale fresh air of amazing poetry like this. You are a real inspirational blessing to us all. Thank you so very much for presenting us this grand poem!

  27. The title/rhetorical question of the first line and the direct address draw me into your poem and then you take me on a philosophical walk. The phrases ‘Weightless / In this thin bright air’ and ‘Openly and lightly / Like children’ give it an airy feeling while, at the same time, I’m grounded by those simple joys and the thoughts of home.

  28. Beautiful writing and thoughts

  29. Yes, love brings time to its knees. There is nothing like the simple joys, the open heart, the love of family and friends. Your poem leaves me feeling good, Scott.

  30. Magical Mystical Teacher

    Pausing to marvel along the way is my greatest delight. Glad to see that marveling appears in your poem!

  31. Ah, this lovely verse, brimming with positivity and joy that is so difficult to find elsewhere, is heartwarming. I loved this bit: “The more generously/We shine, /The more we will/Blossom and prosper”.

  32. Sounds like the way of the teacher–it awakens in us something we didn’t know we had … So glad you brought this to view.

  33. Scott your poetry is soothing to the soul. You words are a balm to heal and restore. Thank you for being light.

  34. How I love your poems, Word Artist. This one truly soothed me in this crazy chapter of my Life. Thank you.

  35. “What is this life?”
    The right question may be what is needed in our understanding of existence and worth, Scott

    much love…

  36. The love of life is felt here. We have one to live and yet so many do take it for granted.

  37. May we all experience (and give) the boundless love that brings time to its knees.

  38. “See how boundless love brings time to its knees” I like this thought immensely. time stops, drags its feet, flies, stands still…but I like this much better. An optimistic and hopeful poem.

  39. Beautifully wise and profound write

  40. This is the secret to a happy life – walking lightly, in wonder at being alive. Beautiful, Scott.

  41. Well argued!

  42. To find that weightless way of being again that was so natural to us when we were children – yes, there is so much joy in that.

  43. Well said. I absolutely agree.

  44. Uplifting … life affirming. In such times as these, it is important to express ‘good truths’ – and you have done this so wonderfully well, here.

  45. Heidi Klein

    Beautiful poem, Scott.

  46. Linda Davis

    Scott, I am so grateful that I waited til this moment to read your poem. After a block I have been back at my art and joyous. I was truly able to read your words. Wow Scottie! As I read I saw huge blossoms slowly open before me — and then to be touched by pearls — the vision lingered. Toss in the sense of unsung singers followed by a love that draws one to their knees. Such sensory perception — elegant job. Bravo!!!!

  47. Paul Bowles

    Always great to read your new poem and once again you have hit a spot that recasts an old question of What is life into a new light, as you say lightness. It is a theme that I like and try to wear and hope that it works out that way. But lightness these days is hard, with an old body that is pretty damn stiff most of the time. My grandchildren have that lightness for sure, and I try to syphon some energy from them.

  48. Lovely poem on life.

  49. Simple joys
    Easily found
    That resonate
    Beyond all measure

    They do indeed.

  50. A chant to life and living during a time when is truly needed… by all. Lovely.

  51. Nivedita Yohana

    I read your new poem with delight and sense of wonderment and awe. The poem is written with such ingenious perception. The words that really touched the strings of my heart are

    Thus are we ushered
    Gently into this world
    And then challenged
    To find
    Our way home again
    With our hearts open,
    To where heaven knows
    There are pearls awaiting

  52. I feel so reassured and uplifted. I just went to a wedding and it occurs to me that this would be lovely read at a wedding.

  53. Dr. Jelka Samsom

    Dear Scott,

    May I quote Laura (Bailey): “So happy am I to wander around in your wonderful world !” I a have a daydream: you and all of us “children”, i.e. your followers and friends, meeting up on a glorious day such as this! Thank you for making me dream!

  54. nice….esp. the part with finding the way home with open hearts resonated with me… also the close – boundless love bringing time to its knees.
    nice to see you again – and hey – my hair are already getting longer again. smiles

  55. Superb, brother, your gentle loving stroll rife with metaphysics and white light, peering beyond the veil. I take exception to the notion that birth is a gentle passage; pretty traumatic actually. Being disabled these days I am buoyed up by my poetry and photography. I love your point that we should acknowledge that /it is stunning to be alive/.

  56. This is stunning. Light, bright, filled with hope.

  57. Nice ending with love bringing time to its knees and these lines: “When, just once in a while,

    Those who could never sing

    Suddenly can!”

  58. Even better the second time around!

  59. Your words flow with the suggestion of simplicity, and yet I am caught at the line: “ushered gently into this world” for having given birth to three, and witnessed two other birthings, I cannot find the gentleness. “Challenged to find our way home again, with open hearts” – yes, there is challenge here. There is a serenity in the poem that brushes up against something in me despite it’s inherent beauty.

  60. This is a gem I will want to return to time after time. Beautifully encapsulating a life well lived! Bravo

  61. Nice poem expressing joy and love and anticipation

  62. Thought-provoking as usual, Scott. This is what struck me hard…”Openly and lightly/ Like children” I believe we need to look at life through children’s eyes to appreciate it again and to welcome the next phase. Loved your poem.

  63. I especially like the first stanza of your poem. To walk weightless sounds like freedom. Life is indeed precious. Thank you for sharing this.

  64. I love the calming touch every word has on the reader. So insightful and profound.

  65. Ah, life at its best when one is loved. You last lines say it all!

  66. Thank you. I liked the ending.

  67. This is the ideal, but not an easy challenge for many. You speak eloquently of the simple things in life, how to reverse our more somber moods, lovely.

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