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When I Was the Forest – A poem by Meister Eckhart


Such a beautiful poem which I have just come across and wanted to share with you all. It's both evocative and dreamy as well as grounding, reminding us what is actually important in life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


When I was the stream, when I was the

forest, when I was still the field,

when I was every hoof, foot,

fin and wing, when I

was the sky

itself,


no one ever asked me did I have a purpose, no one ever

wondered was there anything I might need,

for there was nothing

I could not

love.


It was when I left all we once were that

the agony began, the fear and questions came,

and I wept, I wept. And tears

I had never known

before.


So I returned to the river, I returned to

the mountains. I asked for their hand in marriage again,

I begged—I begged to wed every object

and creature,


and when they accepted,

God was ever present in my arms.

And He did not say,

“Where have you

been?”


For then I knew my soul—every soul—

has always held

Him.


–Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328)

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