Poems and Ponderings
– a collage of some of my thoughts and feelings on and around our Journey
All poems and artwork ©2015, David P. Crews, CrewsCreative
Find me a God with whom to struggle
And I shall gladly play for truth
And an end to our tears.
Let Him stand forth
And I shall measure His foot.
I shall show Him our children,
Both bright of eye and broken
And I shall require of Him
–David P. Crews
Which way does the wind blow now,
The shape of your faith forms around
Praise and glories freely leap from your
I see it now, ancient thread, humming
Oh, if you could see how those old men
You cannot let loose of it as I have done.
You think those stories are yours. They come
I fear you, brothers, for I know the comfort
I flee from you, blind fish, that I may
An ill wind blows up the pass of time
–David P. Crews - August, 1999
Truth alone shall appease this needful thirst.
I shed my dear beliefs as rent clothing
The new Truth is old. Shining and disturbing.
–David P. Crews - February, 1999
Which, then, shall you choose to make?
Why create a hell as the small man does at every turn?
The first step is to declare heaven into existence.
David P. Crews - July, 2000
When a wise man offers up a diamond, people smile and walk away. They cannot see the precious thing, gleaming in his hand, or if they do, they think it false.
I tell you that enlightenment is not nirvana, not becoming nothing or something else.
Enlightenment is living fully in this moment.
And yet, you smile.
David P. Crews - June, 2001
Stars Within Us
Are we so small?
Breath and beat, independent
Step within to see the trick.
Hard and cold planets, some
Some we craft with careful
Others, uncalled for,
The stars within swirl right around
An unchartable symphony,
We are many and oh so small,
The Shape-shifter’s Tale
He asked the Turtle, “Would you like to learn about things? Would you like to see what the world looks like for a horse?”
The Turtle replied, “A horse? That big thing? I don’t know what that would be like. It is too different from being a Turtle.”
“Yes, but you would learn what it is like!”
“I like being a Turtle. Turtle makes sense. Turtle is comfortable and safe.”
He approached the Horse. “Would you like to learn about things? Would you like to see what the world looks like for a Sparrow?”
The Horse whinnied at him and said, “Neigh! – OK, that was a joke. So is that little Sparrow. I’m a Horse and I am happy to be a Horse. That’s the mane thing!” And he whinnied several more times causing the Sparrow to fly away in disgust.
He did not bother to remind the Horse that he might learn what other things are like.
He came up to the Boy and said, “Would you like to learn about things?” The Boy smiled at him, so he continued, “Would you like to see what the world looks like for a Lion?”
The Boy said, “I AM a Lion!!” and, still smiling, he ran around the meadow making a roaring sound. . .
–David P. Crews
A lifetime of knowledge earned
Along the paths of wisdom,
Will one day surely seem to you
Quite meager and in vain.
Not because you have failed to learn,
But that the universe has opened up
Infinitely before you.
–David P. Crews
Life is not a movie, projected onto you,
or a story with a plot unfolding
with you and I inside it, waiting
for what happens next.
Life is a sculpture,
and you hold the living stone
in your hands, to shape
each day in unique fashion.
–David P. Crews, January 2001
The present moment is not mundane. It is, in essence, extraordinary. -DC
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