Gates of Eden

The morning, the day,
these times we live in
have their price,
their pain and glory.
Suffer what you must.
Resist the little lies.
The catastrophes
of arrogance
come and go
yet somehow
we survive,
the gates of eden
ready to open
awaiting only
one kind word.




12 Responses to “Gates of Eden”

  1. I couldn’t be in more agreement with you and the sentiments of this concise poem.

  2. Lloyd Meeker says:

    Kindness as personal key to the gates of Eden. That’s really profound, Don. Thank you.

    In the mechanistic paradigms of buying and selling, contracts, cause and effect, kindness seems nice-to-have but basically superfluous to measurable progress or success.

    I want to sit with this for a while, to see where it will take me.

  3. Sigridh Kiersch says:

    I resonate with this brief gem, in particular with the last four lines “the gates of Eden ready to open, awaiting only one kind word”… This hits deep.

  4. David Barnes says:

    Perfect poem for today, Don. The magic word always always has the essence of kindness within it. And kindness relates to kin, kinship, geneology, family, relationship, essence, character, wholeness, Oneness, “God-kund” (God-kind), and ultimately — Love

  5. Thomas says:

    Happy Father’s Day Don! Spectacular photo.

  6. Betty Doerr says:

    Once again, Don, bringing me solace on a grey day. Kindness, always.

  7. Eric Dunn says:

    Expressions of kindness reveal oneness . We are one.

  8. Brenda Jenkins says:

    Perfect, beautiful. My one kind word opens me to vulnerability – the heart opens. How much waits for this one simple act…
    Thank you.

  9. Tom Figel says:

    Don, resist the little lies? What about the big ones? Thanks for sending this poem, one that is touching numbers of us, I see.

  10. Elizabeth O Nunn says:

    To me, the Garden never left, never locked it’s doors. It is present and open now. It is our perceptions that make us think it closed. These perceptions were taught from Genesis to this day. And that we have to work very hard to get back. Deep in our hearts, we know what to do to see the surrounding Garden once more. There are keys, for sure. But simply acknowledging and honoring it’s presence is beautiful.

    Ah, the art of changing perceptions. What a challenge…what a gift.

  11. Pat Fitzsimmons says:

    Thank you Don, yes it’s really this simple!

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