It is not just we that drink from earth;
we nourish her as well.
To know the earth within oneself
is to know everything there is to know.
The past that is within us bends eagerly
forward to embrace our future.
The future smiles back at us and
kisses the present moment in all its joy.
All distance is compounded in every cell;
the sense of aging is often but illusion.
Young and old in each of us
greet each the other cheerfully:
There is within each wise old soul
a beautiful child who would come out to play.
In every child’s heart there lies unspoken
all wisdom we could ever hope to hear.
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