Monday, February 9, 2015

Meister Eckhart - When I Was The Forest

When I was the stream, when I was the
forest, when I was still the field,
when I was every hoof, foot,
fin and wing, when I
was the sky

no one ever asked me did I have a purpose, no one ever
wondered was there anything I might need,
for there was nothing
I could not

It was when I left all we once were that
the agony began, the fear and questions came,
and I wept, I wept. And tears
I had never known

So I returned to the river, I returned to
the mountains. I asked for their hand in marriage again,
I begged—I begged to wed every object and creature, 

and when they accepted,
God was ever present in my arms.
And He did not say,
“Where have you been?” 

For then I knew my soul—every soul—
has always held Him.

Meister Eckhart, When I Was The Forest, translated by Daniel Ladinsky 

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