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The Song of Life

by Bob Scher, Jun 21, 2019


 

 









                     I
The details are prodigious,
There is more to be seen
Than I could ever take in
Though my faculties are keen. 

The man in the red shirt 
Wearing blue Keds,
The fat man in overalls
Pushing two beds—

Two beautiful sparrows,
Jumping and hopping,
Fly suddenly somewhere 
Without stopping. 

So many dogs
—Another sub-theme—
We think it’s all random,
But things aren’t what they seem. 

If we see it all whole
For a moment or two,
It all seems intentional,
Directed by—Who?

                        II
In a stratum above us
There’s consciousness there
With a sweeping intention—
Fine-tuned and with care—

A remarkable song
Includes all that takes place,
All the movements of beings
In this very rich space—

All the movements of everything,
All is included,
Nothing astray,
Nothing excluded. 

With our faculties open
In all of our parts,
We hear and we see 
And can feel in our hearts:

The small world we live in
Is truly a Song
From some other level 
Where nothing is wrong. 

For us it’s ordained 
That we also belong
To the Song of Life—
The One Great Song. 
   
  
 

About the Author

Bob Scher is the author of three books of poetry: As If the Sky Were Open, There's a Hole in Your Sky (both from Browser Books), and Lightning (Codhill Press).  He was writing poetry from his early days. At Harvard he often answered exam questions in verse. Some instructors preferred that he answer questions in prose. But some rather enjoyed it.

 

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