Seeing Inter-being, Now?

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle

webbed drops ~d nelson
webbed drops ~d nelson

“I’m pleasantly surprised”
he said upon arrival, long ago.
Experiencing with warmth
from Water Beings,
a sense of connection,
compassion and love.

“We are water,
surrounded by water
and as long
as there is water
our fundamental conditions
of survival & happiness
are met”, she said.


“It’s so easy being happy
dancing harmoniously
embraced by paradise,
free from notions of selves
separate from our essence.”


Gradually understanding
Water Being’s message,
of his own water-nature,
ofΒ  web’s connecting
all as one organism;
tangled & untangled
by perpetual impermanence.

webbed drops 4
webbed drops 4

After unbounded summer sunshine,
so long after each last
of those drops
had vaporized
into clouds of fresh potential,
newly manifest Water Human Beings
contemplate impermanence
& inter-being among the entirety
of nature’s cycles.

webbed drops 2
webbed drops 2

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating on your sheet of paper.
(clouds, rain, sunshine, forest, tree, hard work, paper…) ~Thich Nhat Hanh

61 Replies to “Seeing Inter-being, Now?”

  1. Thank you for your words and the beautiful photographs. We get so stuck on land that we forget how much water.influences our lives, that we are just as much water beings as anything else.

  2. Water is recycled over and over, through the ages. The water drops within you David, and within that web, may well be have been (or will be) within me, or Crazy Horse & Buddha, Mohamed or Jesus, even Genghis Khan. These beautiful images I see as teardrops of the earth. We are each others teardrops – of suffering & of happiness. When we cry we are the earths teardrops. Thank you David, for helping one another realize our inter being.

  3. Hi David,
    Thanks for swinging by my new blog “Jurnul”.

    I stopped my former blog, “Talking Stick” at, to take a break from blogging. But since have developed an interest in poetry, and thus my return to following you. Beautiful words and images here, as usual.

    The central California coast is of course very dry too. Looks like we all need to learn how to settle for less and find the comfort hidden within instead.

    Tom McCubbin

    1. thanks for your kind connecting, Tom! as we’re in the same boat it’s useful to offer inspiration, hope, while taking wise action. wishing you a happy moment πŸ™‚

  4. Wonderful shots!… even though perpetual impermanence is not my particular (temporary) cup of tea! (I’m intoxicated by a more lasting brew!)
    From the ancient Gospel of Thomas:
    Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to something and tell me what I am like.”

    Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a just messenger.”

    Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”

    Thomas said to him, “Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like.”

    Jesus said, “I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended.”

  5. SSS = simply splendid and stunning… – par dΓ©finition et par excellence… πŸ™‚ have a great week with positive thoughts, optimistic vibes and tons of inspiration, cheers! MΓ©lanie

  6. Beautiful poem – and I would imagine, many, many more works will be inspired by the simple viewing of such awe-inspiring pictures – πŸ™‚ Simply Fantabulous!

      1. I have to gently correct you, my friend, for you inspire – always – the ‘aspiring’ need not be put ahead of ‘to inspire’, when referring to you – πŸ™‚

      2. πŸ™‚ You have inspired and supported me, in more ways than you may ever fully know or appreciate the magnitude of – you have made a profound difference in my life – for my own agenda, have no wish to go to the grave without telling you so – Thanks for your kind response

      3. my blog is a continuation of a public health career. i’m happy that you have felt inspired! so please stay alive and contributing beauty to the universe πŸ™‚

  7. If we but just stopped to really think upon the Wisdom found in your words and know that the human body is comprised of approximately 95-98% water, we ponder and reflect and in so doing, realize how connected we ALL are to everything. Without water there is no Life. Your words are deep and so very profound, your images just Heart touching and deep as well. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for being YOU. Love, Amy

    1. i believe water takes on energies, whether happy or not. thanks for the insight, michael! i’m not sure what conference you’re thinking of, as I don’t have a plan right now to get back to Boston πŸ™‚

  8. Your photography is magnificent David. Each photo feels like a universe unto itself…which, I guess, they are.

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