Beyond Castle Walls

Two ravens appear
flying to the wooded point,
the sound of their bark
distinct from the call of crows.
Geese honk in vigilance
then quiet as they take wing
toward a distant island.
Gulls cry plaintively,
winds sough through the trees,
and dew lays sparkling upon the grass.
Deep mother of night
opens to bright father of day
and I join the choir,
surrendering the castle of self
to the awakening world.
I fly with geese,
bark with raven,
bloom in the rain
and rise up shining
like green grass
for beyond castle walls
there is life ever inviting
toward the unguarded
moments of oneness.




photograph by Louis MacKenzie





















Reading of “Beyond Castle Walls” with music by the Grateful Dead


18 Responses to “Beyond Castle Walls”

  1. Ravenstalk says:

    ~ Amen brother ~ 💞💞🙏💞 ~ Amen ~

  2. David Banner says:

    Ah, yes…”surrendering the castle of self to the awakening world”…what a rich image!

  3. Eric says:


  4. Keith says:

    Through the diversity of expression oneness is known and felt.
    Nature is an amazing teacher over and over again.
    Great work Don in capturing beauty once again.

  5. Glorious beyond measure! Thanks for the soul food, Brother!!

  6. MaryTaylor Goforth says:

    Love this!!! Thank you Don 🙂

  7. Marco Menato says:

    Thank you for the ecstatic moment!

  8. Geoff says:

    Companions all!

  9. Lloyd Meeker says:

    Thanks, Don — It’s an ongoing lesson to me that so much of my experience of oneness comes in unguarded moments, taking me by happy surprise.

  10. James Frid says:

    A wonderful homage to the oneness of all life.

  11. Tom Figel says:

    Don, very nice. You’ve always shone like green grass.

  12. Elizabeth O Nunn says:

    Every morning, I take my coffee and my dog and sit on the patio with the birds singing the world awake. It is my favorite time. Being one with birds is such a gift as I spent most of my 80 years afraid of them. That’s what oneness does….it dissolves fear so there are no more castle walls.

  13. Thomas says:

    Really lovely imagery and use of language that had me smiling internally.

  14. Veronica Lim says:

    Love this poem, Don. Your words awaken the senses, inviting one to slip effortlessly beyond the castle walls.

  15. David Barnes says:

    It is glorious that Oneness is emphasized now, in this poem Don. How perfect! How thrilling to accept the rich invitation to live always, unguarded in every precious present moment; no longer hiding behind stony castle walls, but transparent to all that is born through the union of deep mother of night and bright father of day: holy holy holy is the gratitude for this awakening world

  16. Edward Haimes says:

    Beautiful poem and significant words. Breaking through to the other side. I am all in.

  17. Chris W Dalengas says:

    Don, Very nice my friend!

  18. Maria Frid says:

    Home is knowing our oneness with nature, lofty concepts often creates castle walls…………thank you for this lovely expression of Oneness, Don!

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