I wrote this poem at a very profound time in my life. I was in my mid 20’s, confused with where I was heading. The previous year had been troublesome and I had become very secluded with my thoughts. I had been experimenting with recreational drugs for a long period of time, specifically marijuana and, in a way this had brought to the forefront of my mind, questions of self-discovery that I had never appreciated in my sober state. I had developed a sort of “Is this all that life has to offer” attitude. It took a period of quiet contemplation, and a serious amount of re-education on self-belief, to rediscover the essence of nature.
I managed to get a job in Greece for 6 months to work in a restaurant through the Summer. Totally drug-free, paradise island, very hard work though. Spent a lot of non working time reading…
Books that influenced my path of self-discovery.
1. The Green Buddha – Christopher Titmuss
2. Memories Dreams & Reflections – Carl Gustav Jung
3. Bhagavad Gita ‘As it is’ – A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
When I returned to england in September 1999 I somehow felt very different…
What a beautiful island !
To sit in peace, to take things slow,
Enjoying nature, watching it grow.
Natural beauty should be appreciated,
Yet the tree of life is fast becoming annihilated.
We live in a world that demands too much,
Its through desire and lust that we’ve become so out of touch.
In time we will see when the world is destroyed,
When we have taken everything through the tactics we’ve employed.
Human intelligence is directed to self,
We are what we earn, our egos need wealth.
Its easier to enjoy the simpler things,
to wait and see, to see what life brings.
We should just be grateful that health allows us another day,
Too enjoy natural beauty the easy way.
It’s no use worrying about wealth or about love,
as it’s something decided by the gods from above.
Life is spoilt with too much change,
We should learn to appreciate, not re-arrange.
Live for today enjoying the land,
As i have discovered with natures helping hand.
Peace, love and happiness,
From within our self.
Is far more important than,
Desire, lust and wealth.
Thanks for your time, ICB