10/03/2006                                                                                       View Comments

Truth

By Nvrgoingbk

I searched among the Mayan ruins.

I traveled there alone.

I hoped to find it among the ghosts

Of worshippers now gone,



And when I came up wanting

I journeyed to a different shore.

I hoped to find it in a grand old mosque

And within the Muslim lore.



It was not there, and so I hurried

To a land not far away.

Now it was the Jewish Sabbath,

So I bowed my head to pray.



I left the temple wondering

Just where the truth could be.

I traveled by air, by foot, by bus…

I sailed an endless sea.



I read the Bagahvad Gita,

The Annalects divine

I learned the proper chanting…

Showed my respects at the Buddhist shrine.



Still, I wandered aimlessly,

Not finding what I sought.

I studied the philosophers

And the highest of human thought.



I gave my heart to Jesus

I made him Savior and Lord.

I was born again, spoke in tongues,

But on Sundays I was bored.



I tried my hand at the Ouija Board

I summoned the spirits of old

I stopped in to see my psychic, my shrink…

Wherever the truth was sold.



I smoked Peote with Geronimo

And entered a spiritual trance.

I lived among his people

And learned their tribal dance.



So many years I hunted

For what eluded me.

I voyaged to lands both near and far,

Studied Yoga and Tai-Chi.



I woke beside a pool of blue,

A lake amid the trees.

I pondered the lessons I had learned,

The things that I had seen.



I laid like that for quite sometime.

The evening came, then morn.

I wearied of this sole expedition now,

My traveling shoes long worn.



“I thirst,” I said, and so I leaned

To serve myself a sip.

I saw within that mirror an image

Raise water to its lips.



And that’s where I found it,

The truth I had tracked and hounded for so long.

“What a fool I’ve been,” I screamed to the sky,

“How could I have been so wrong?”



The truth was never to be found within

Temples made of stone.

Cathedrals, with all their splendor,

Could never be its home.



Finally at peace, I journeyed back;

My friends, they greeted me.

“Did you find what you were looking for?

Pray tell, what did you see?”



“What is the truth, wise-man,” they asked.

“Here is not where it can be found.”

“Then where Master? Can we travel there?

To that place of Holy ground?”



“You must visit the shrines and the mosques,” I said.

“You must consult the wisest seer.

You must dabble in philosophy,

Face your darkest fears”



“You must learn the Koran and the Bible

You must pray to every god

You must bow in every temple

Your tired feet may trod,



And when you’ve come to the very end

Of the answers man has found

You will see an image of yourself and know

It’ is there that truth resounds.

11 comments:

Elder Norm said...

Cute poem, however, I like to think that together, we can find out more, faster.

But hey, thats just me. :-)

Bentley said...

Others said search and it could be found, but Dorothy you had it in your possession all along!

We hope there's someone much wiser and smarter than us, but it''s not always true, if we could listen to ourselves, the answer lies within.

Great Poem!

jim earl said...

You know I love it! Good idea to post it here and let others see it.

SpaceMonk said...

Nice poem, and I agree...
I hope you didn't really go through all that time and travel though. I learned the same lesson from surfing the internet. ;)

Fwee said...

Hey Spacemonk, don't be a twink. :o)

You know what it meant. :o)

Good poem, btw. I might just hang that sucker on my office wall.

Amethyst said...

Great poem, and oh, so true.

steamboat_willey said...

Great poem.

Dogson said...

eh... can I go directly to the reflection in the water and avoid all the going and coming? I'm a very lazy man... ;-)

GOD said...

That's what I have been saying all along if anybody has ever bothered to listen!

Ben said...

The word Truth has not been defined here. Unless it is defined, we are just speaking past each other. Please visit www.Truth-Defined.com for a definition.

The Mental Dearth of Augustine said...

Ben: "Please visit www.Truth-Defined.com for a definition."

The link shows this as a possible explanation for "Truth".

Aurelius Augustine:

"4. Truth is Spiritual
a. Truth is Not a function of Matter.
b. Truth is Not a function of Time.
c. Truth is Not a function of Space.
5. Truth is Superior to the human mind.
6. Truth is God."
http://www.truth-defined.com/1-The%20Nature%20of%20Truth.htm

How does "Aurelius's" non-superior human mind account for Universal "Truth", with a capital "T"? He can't. He eliminates his own ability to know Universal "Truth", by his fifth requirement.

Individual "truth", is what we "experience", therefore, "truth" is the culmination of each individual's past, present and future. To say there is a greater "Truth” is to suggest one is able to have an out of body “experience”, without accepting the event as a legitimate “experience” – that’s delusion.

I liked the poem, it was clever, and focused on the center of truth - the individual's sojourn in life.