“We’re all just walking each other home.” -Ram Dass
We are fashioned of starlight and moondust,
with each particle numbered and weighed
in the heart of Creation’s unwavering flow
where the substance of everything’s made.
Then we’re hurtled unborn through the cosmos
to be nurtured and challenged and taught,
with our origin mostly forgotten except
when ethereal whispers are caught.
We experience natural beauty
tinged with sorrow and pain as we burn
with unquenchable passion for clues to explain
our existence. We long to return.
But that glorious lightness of being
in the lap of eternity’s source,
is reserved for escape from the passage of time
by a watchful, benevolent force.
If a tiger jumps out of the jungle,
if a bear charges out of the blue,
or a mugger gives chase down a dark city street,
they’re just doing what animals do.
I will not live in fear for my safety
or let cruelty alter my pace.
There’s a balance in nature that cradles us all
on this rock in the vastness of space.
Whether fluttering, tethered in tandem,
or with feet planted firm in the loam,
I am here with my brothers and sisters for now,
and we’re walking each other back home.