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Look at Yourself

  Look at the moon and see tomorrow staring from beyond the wonder of this earth.  Strive to see children whirl there unclothed
youthful forms to frame the meaning of their new lives
as open to the teaching of scholarly parents as to that of their teachers.
The cool breeze that blows through the early light is like the sunshine we feel 
as summer’s warmth awaking the grass and the flowers that grow.
Here our minds are open to the miracles or the uncertainties of the world around us.  Where the beauty of a single cloud floating across our sky is as marvelous to the eye
as anything we can ever imagine, just like the wisdom behind each word we speak.

 Look at the mountains born out of a million years of our existence
as ice forms in the glacial structure of the kingdom called earth!
Imagine how torrid was the land of the dinosaurs
there mammoth edifices thundering across the plains and to their own manifest destiny. Or the sight as they fly with their wings over the land they lived
and how they all died off in the horrible cold to leave a peaceful world.
 Unchained remains the structure of our earth
where fires burn on despite the blow of harsh winds…
despite the piercing roar from the crash of a louder thunder
or the lightning that feels ever closer as it gives mystery to the question, why!
Why do those words require no answer in a place where sympathy is found’
Where emotions remain in the miracle of life or the hopeless structure of death    
 And death is but an elusion
caught between the idea of life’s passage and the dreamt capacity of our lives. 
The thought of a life that never ends remains forever in the mind
Until sunbeams flicker in the approach of darkness
And sounds of night are held forever in the solitude that we fear
In the words of our final good-bye

For now our times do swiftly change
And we are kept forever silent in the unknown thunder within
Like a mirror that reflects the mystery of tomorrow…
In the moment we look at ourselves


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