Under The Tree Of Life

I’ve read the words of men, or listened to their thoughts expressed as music. The men who walked where knowledge grows. Who’ve passed beneath the tree of wisdom and had it’s shadow grant them peace: briefly it might be. Look in their eyes and  you will find an element of eternity. You may discover in their company that the present is infinite, and events the actors which provide a change of scenery. In life there are many theories but few real explanations. With time I understood that we will know more than we can say, and understand beyond our powers of expression.

Sometimes on a crowded street or in a café, half hid from view, I might a man or women see, and tell myself, “They’ve been there, at the borders between eternity and the commonplace. Compassion is their constancy, wrapped in the scarf of hard experience. Hopeless though the venture is, they watch the pageant of our passing lives and see it stained by human greed,  recognising, all the while, that knowledge of the timeless kind is often touched by melancholy.”


About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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17 Responses to Under The Tree Of Life

  1. mikesteeden says:

    Read twice will read again. A maginificent construct in so few words. It would take me 10 pages to do the same. You’re are a craftsman, Sir

    Liked by 3 people

  2. ksbeth says:

    your incredible use of words here is like a beautiful painting. bravo –

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Profound and well crafted. A philisophical treatise in two paragraphs. Impressive.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lenawalton says:

    Lovely piece of prose Peter.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. liefladee says:

    I think I just get whacked by the falling limbs every once in a while.
    Insightful and encouraging. : )

    Liked by 1 person

  6. This gave me chills…stunning.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. wdfyfe says:

    Some one said there is the perfect verb, perfect noun, perfect adverb, perfect adjective for every sentence. Now I know they were right. cheers

    Liked by 1 person

  8. backonmyown says:

    Ducks, you continue to be one of my favorite wordsmiths.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Robin says:

    Your words…amazing.


  10. judithhb says:

    I’m totally in awe at your use of words and hoe you bring us all to another space. Thank you, Peter


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