New Life Springs From Ancient Wisdom

What we know of ourselves,
In the very moment we exist,
Though often hidden or somehow obscured,
Can be revealed in several ways.

We cast our glance to the horizon
To pierce the inner world,
Only to discover that our world
Is here now, already within us.

We gaze upon a reflection of ourselves,
And suppose that this is how the world sees us;
What we sometimes miss is how we appear within,
And how much of our inner world we share.

Ancient remains of centuries past,
In the stillness of a quiet mind,
Embrace the memory of the ancient thoughts–
Frozen in time–whose essence lingers even now.

My own life and mind are here with you now,
In this very moment, and for all time;
As my children play and their children run,
New life springs from ancient wisdom.

© July 2011 by JJHIII

About jjhiii24
Way back in 1973, as a young man embarking on the journey of a lifetime, I experienced what Carl Jung described as “the eruption of unconscious contents,” which compelled me to seek the path I continue to pursue to this day. The path of discovery has led me through an astonishingly diverse range of explorations in philosophy, science, and religion, as well as the many compelling ideas in the literature and scriptures of the cultures of the world. There is, in my view, a compelling thread made up of components of each, that runs through the fabric of life. The nature and study of human consciousness has been a compelling subject for me for more than twenty years. I have spent a great deal of my time and energies trying to come to terms with my own very particular “inner experience” of life, and to somehow understand how the events and flow of my temporal life have directly been influenced by the workings within. Sharing what I have come to understand about my own “Inner Evolution,” has tasked my intellect and communications skills in a big way. I am only just beginning to feel confident enough in the results of my study and contemplation to express the many various aspects of what I have uncovered within myself. I am hopeful that my own subjective and personal experience of my own “human spirit” will resonate with others, and encourage them to explore their own.

5 Responses to New Life Springs From Ancient Wisdom

  1. beautiful story.

    love the insights, keep us inspired.
    welcome join poets rally today.

  2. JaggedWriter says:

    I love how your poem starts with a wide arrangement of ideas about the world and how it is viewed, and then spirals down into the theme and title of your poem. Very deep, and very well written.

    • jjhiii24 says:


      Your kind words and your interesting review of my poem are most welcome. I strive always to consider “a wide arrangement of ideas about the world,” in most everything I write, but clearly, in poetry, it is essential to express ourselves in a way that invites the reader, regardless of their ideas about the world, to connect with the poet on some level, and for that connection to resonate in the pleasure of the reading.

      I was able to spend some time reviewing your blog, and expect great things to come from you in the future. Let’s talk more!

      With appreciation…..John H.

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