Monday, March 9, 2009
Slow the Passing Trees: a poem by Leo Hartshorn
In a boat down a fast-moving creek,
it feels like trees on the bank
are rushing by. What seems to be
changing around us is rather
the speed of our craft
leaving this world---Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi
O Life, slow down the speed of
passing trees and months and years.
In the wake of the boat I see
a child running with abandon in the lemon orchards,
a youth playing wildly on the drums,
a young adult studiously reading books,
a man seriously preaching in a small church,
a middle aged adult sadly packing to move,
an older man wistfully watching his grandson play.
O Life, slow the passing trees,
the speed of the boat
that is leaving this world.