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Wisdom Tree

A solitary man
Makes his way up the mountain
One step at a time
The life he knows further and further behind
He wishes to be alone
Away from the busyness 
The noise
Responsibility
Activity 
Work that is never done
Conflict
The need to be right
He reaches the top
Sits down crosses his legs
He looks out at the landscape
His village a small mass of thatched roofs
People unseeable
Smoke rises from a central fire
The lake so small it can fit into a wooden spoon
The horizon surrounds him
He feels the pebbles beneath him
Blades of grass are myopically large
He watches an ant toil
Are their lives not the same?
Seasons change
Summer to fall winter to spring
He witnesses it all
His beard has lengthened his mind enlarged
Secrets have been revealed
Disconnected yet part of all
Growing into the ground
Others come to the mountain top
Seeking his wisdom
They sit with him for a while
They never stay long
Each take so that they may give
The wise man transformed
Arms outstretched reaching to all the horizons
Now covered with leaves
The seasons continue to change
He sends his leaves down to the village
Beckoning them to the mountain
Not wanting to be alone
"Come sit beneath my branches
caress my bark smell my scent
know my soul."
He no longer is able to speak
All that he knows resides in the rings of his seasons
Still he offers wisdom
Put your ear to his trunk
You can still hear his heart beat
His breath whistles through the leaves
His seeds cover your woolen coat
You are a solitary man
making your way down the mountain
One step at a time
Closer and closer to your village
To the ones you love
As you walk through the village you shake your coat
Seeds fall on the fertile ground
The wise man has come home


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  1. Date: 10/10/2013 8:34:00 AM
    Fantastic! Nature centers the circle of life. Such wisdom to be found there if we will only look for it and be open to it. I had to search for a while to find this, but it was worth it. Thanks for telling me about it.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/10/2013 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure Monterey, so glad you enjoyed it.
  1. Date: 2/27/2013 2:57:00 PM
    Full circle visual.....again you bring the reader to the mountain.....nice work/Art. Thanks for sharing Scott The King of Gypsy's

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/28/2013 7:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My Pleasure Gypsy King.
  1. Date: 2/27/2013 6:52:00 AM
    Tremendous transformation and offering of wisdom... Very reflective. You are very talented.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/28/2013 7:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You honor me Carol.
  1. Date: 2/26/2013 7:27:00 PM
    Holy cow Rick... holy cow... I... am... speechless. Utterly speechless! You have wowed the crap out of me! I am amazed and sooooo inspired, this was the highlight of my evening here on the soup. Well done!! You are so gosh darn talented, keep it up!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/26/2013 7:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Now you have me blushing!
  1. Date: 2/26/2013 9:37:00 AM
    Kind of an epic journey through life and man's interconnectedness to all that surrounds him. Beautifully done Richard.

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 7:22:00 AM
    Rick, a beautiful journey, so well written, I was drawn in from the first word, constance

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/26/2013 7:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Constance, I hope all is well with you.
  1. Date: 2/26/2013 12:46:00 AM
    too good Richard..thnks for your precious comment on 'Valentine'..

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/26/2013 7:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shah
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 7:43:00 PM
    wow~ the best poem in every sense when it comes to a man and his journey. ~SKAT

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/26/2013 7:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Skat
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 5:46:00 PM
    It seems you started out describing Moses on Mt. Sinai, but continuation of reading your work showed that was not the case. A good read nevertheless.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/26/2013 7:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Robert
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 5:32:00 PM
    Ok for the several 'wow' Rick this is quite an adventure :) well written and well to be read, you really know how to bring your world become an inspiration to others , well done Rick! :D wishing you a wonderful afternoon there :D - hug, Yanny

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/26/2013 7:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Once again you make my day!
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 2:49:00 PM
    wowowow, this is GOOD work from you, Richard. One of your best and so wise and well crafted. I love the descriptions and how it is so surreal at the beginning particularly. Keep up your creative pen!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/25/2013 3:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea!
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 10:32:00 AM
    the mind that creates this wondrous poem, the wisdom tree, is indeed the wises of all, or the wisdom tree would not exist at all...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Harry, what a nice thing to say. You have made me smile!
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 4:44:00 AM
    From dust to man to a wisdom tree, To leaves to seeds to dust he'll be - A cycle foretelling the journey we take, The road is rough the vision vague - We ache and toil in life seeking total win, Forgetting with Nature we are akin - But the cycle can ne'er be avoid of a mist, If harmony knew not how to exist!!! --- Richard, you have taken me into a never-ending journey!!!! Amazingly-written poem!! Super Good Work!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Jad. As always your response is so poetic.
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 8:14:00 PM
    Just awesome

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/24/2013 8:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Donna
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 1:09:00 PM
    Reminds me of a master storyteller named Jesus! :) Great write, Richard. So full and resonant with truth and meaning! :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/24/2013 6:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am pleased you liked it
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 12:52:00 PM
    Interesting write Richard, very different then your usual, it has me wondering of the wise man and of his true identity, I am glad he has come home, it is a joyous reunion when one arrives, well done, you deserve a seat of excellence for this one, have a great Sunday, xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/24/2013 6:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rose!