Why? (2/7/21)

Once again the fireplace has warmed the cabin
gently and surely, even on a cold morning
with snow covering the ground.
The seasons feel long and tiresome.
I go through the motions, but feel no lasting satisfaction.
Is this the fate of all who grow old?
In luxury or poverty, we fade away.
Yet my food is delicious
and a waning moon lights the southern morning sky.
I wash my breakfast dishes and brush my teeth
and take a step into another day.
I have nothing of worth to say so why
do I write these words,
and why do I bother publishing them?
I suppose for the same reason that I breathe in,
then out.

I’ve been processing my life with words
for more than seventy years;
ephemeral symbols inside my head
to which I have looked for answers.
If answers had been contained within these words,
I would have found them by now.
The Tao that can be thought about
is not the Tao I’m looking for.
I’m looking these days in some places
I’ve never looked before.
The vibration of a hand-made drum against my chest;
the sound of a chant echoing cyclically in my ears
and resonating in my bones;
the sight of a waxing new moon over Mt. Eddy in the west
with never a thought of, “what a pretty moon!”
I can’t teach anyone anything any more.
The words are gone.
I’m too busy looking, listening, touching and tasting.

Author: William Martin

Taoist teacher and consultant

6 thoughts on “Why? (2/7/21)”

  1. I, too, am gladdened to hear from you. I have been concerned. I feel a commonality with much of what you wrote and wonder if it is another week isolated here in the suburbs of Pittsburgh of at or below freezing temps that keep me indoors or my 80 years. Nothing satisfies for long but I am graced with moments of the joy of discovery from my curiosity in books or a deep contentment without an apparent cause. My morning ritual becomes routine then a rut with a return to sacredness. Ironically, for me Facebook does allow me to touch heart to heart with like minded friends. Do keep sharing your journey. You are not alone. My best to Nancy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nice to be in touch. Yes, as the old poem states, “getting old is pigeon poop,” but it is also filled with joy, contentment, and acceptance. I look at earlier years and think, “what was all the drama about?”

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: