Poem #20 – Stamp collection – National/Global Poetry Writing Month 2017
Discover a new land or place
Whether the new place
is inside you
or across the big pond,
you will grow another dimension
Each new facet
adds to the brilliance of you.
Experience a mountain vista
above the tree line
where the air is thin
and the view reaches
a long arm across
valleys and mountains,
rivers and big lakes
that look like puddles
in the enormity.
The facet is feeling small,
knowing we are only a tiny part
of the whole.
That life moves on
with or without us
and the good we put forth
joins the good of many
and shines its light high at noon.
Experience a foreign food
Tender pupusas in El Salvador,
Kangaroo and the biggest calamari
you’ve ever seen in Australia,
Pinot Noir in the Dundee hills of Oregon,
Sour Alpine milk in Slovenia,
and the pièce de résistance
pains au chocolat in France.
The facet is understanding the richness of culture
and people and food and wine.
Breaking out of our small shell
to taste the world’s true treasures.
Treasures made from the bounty of earth
with the hands, hearts and creative taste buds
of its people.
Experience an emotion, deeply.
Witness rites of passage
birth, graduation, marriage, birth, retirement,
and the most powerful of all passages,
Find meaning in these rites, rituals,
The facet is living life with depth
not just riding along the surface tension
but diving into and through the thermal planes
from sunlight filled water,
shady spots beneath lilly pads
into the murky deep bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones
then floating back up, up
face to the light.
It is the light
through our many beautiful facets
that makes the whole spin around this planet