More than books


The brushstrokes of enlightenment
can be traced from earthworms’ trails,
in the way the dewdrops sparkle.
and in the tilt of dandelion heads.

The psalms of wisdom
are winds that’s kissing canopies
the lullabies in mountain streams,
and the way the grass can rise
forgetting weight of footsteps,
It will teach you more than books.


The librarian by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

The librarian by Giuseppe Arcimboldo


Today it’s 55 words at toads, and Kerry want’s a touch of Zen as well. I will also link this to Poetry Pantry
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May 2, 2015

44 responses to “More than books

  1. I feel the wide open spaces calling as I read your words. A connection with the earth is essential to enlightenment, I believe.

  2. Oh, Bjorn, how beautiful! A touch of Zen rendered into the most gorgeous poetry.

  3. I loved the depiction of grass lifting itself up from the weight of footsteps and rising up in glory 😀
    Loved this poem!
    xoxo

  4. Such an abundance of lessons learned from observing the miracles of nature, and hopefully, practiced in example.

    Inspiring!

    Poppy

  5. We specialise our learning behind a desk but broaden it immeasurably by walking free on earth. Beautifully written Bjorn.

  6. Mother Nature has a great storehouse of wisdom. Power also. We should treat her nice and be good stewards of the forgiving Earth she rules. I like the idea of how her grass can recover from being trod on. A lesson and model for us.
    ..

  7. Nature certainly is the best teacher of all! Sometimes looking at and appreciating our surroundings teaches us more than books ever can.

  8. Bjorn this is a favorite of mine…I kept saying yes, yes, yes….

    ‘and the way the grass can rise
    forgetting weight of footsteps,
    It will teach you more than books.’

    A perfect quote and lesson for us all to be more in nature…

  9. I think that sometimes we forget that Nature can ‘teach us more than books’. People, Nature, books we need a healthy balance of these in our lives.

  10. “The brushstrokes of enlightenment”
    “the tilt of dandelion heads”

    absolutely luv you imagery in this one; oh and the image of the librarian is hilarious LOL

    have a nice Sunday

    much love…

  11. I was captivated by the opening lines in each stanza, but there are so many delightful lines..nature in her splendor will always teach us in ways that no book truly can..there is so much substance in this Bjorn..I just had to read it over and over.

  12. there it’s a soft delicate feel too this. I love the images, particularly the lines were grass forgets the weight of footsteps.

  13. Your last three lines are pure magic, Bjorn–and the totality of the poem a picture that couldn’t have more of a Zen feel, for me.

  14. What could be more zen than being in touch with nature and with the sparkle of dewdrops? Love this, Bjorn 🙂

  15. Brilliant!! Bjorn you brought such a truth with brevity – this is a favorite for me…

    “the way the grass can rise
    forgetting weight of footsteps,”

    Great work.

  16. I specially admire the ending lines:

    and the way the grass can rise
    forgetting weight of footsteps,
    It will teach you more than books.

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