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Musings

Dead? Wrong!

2020 – 01

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

I

Don’t judge a book
by its cover
nor a tree
by its lack of cover.

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

II

A cursory glance,
on my morning walk,
showed me a desiccated skeleton;
a pitiful, emaciated, bark-less tree,
apparently pointing an accusatory finger at God.

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

III

Stripped of skin and flesh,
of muscles, tendons and vital organs,
it stood gaunt and shriveled
to the side of the path.

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

IV

I felt a deep pity for it;
this once elegant majestic oak tree,
now looking like a terminally-ill cancer patient,
ravaged by illness and chemotherapy;
with hollow cheeks and vacant eyes.
So, I hugged it.
And then it spoke to me.

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

V

“Do you really think I’m dead?
Open your eyes, your mind,
your imagination and your soul.
I’m not dead.  I’m serving.
Thousands of grubs and insects
have homes deep in my body
Entire generations of them
have been born and lived out their lives here.”

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

VI

“One of my limbs fell off some years back.
There it lies on the ground
colonized by a mycelium,
birthing mushrooms;
waiting for a psychonaut to ingest some
and experience a radically-altered
state of consciousness;
exploring new dimensions,
filled with elementals and mystical visions.”

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

VII

”I am not a corpse.
I am a life giver.
I am a passage through the veil.
And what about you, oh human being?
Whom are you helping to live?
Whom have you escorted through the veil?”

 

Dead? Wrong! - Musings: 2020 - Volume 01; by Fr. Séan Ó'Laoire, PhD

VIII

Then I understood
that the finger pointing at the sky,
was not an accusation;
it was a signpost
giving me directions.

Namasté!

Seán
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Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD

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