Friends, We’ve Come To That Bridge

“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

fog's golden span ~d nelson

fog’s golden span ~d nelson

Star twinkles bridge
heaven & earth
for brief eternities,
before not going to
nor coming back
from cloudy mystery.

bridge, ho!

bridge, ho!

Going as a river
approaching fate, calmly.
Recognizing possible clear passages
as well as solid and liquid obstructions.
Breathing & smiling
to interdependent
co-arising conditions.

flowing falls bridges-6

flowing falls bridges-6

In awareness, nature’s beauty
within & without ourselves
overwhelms limited perceptions
with exciting sights, sounds & sensations.
Without awareness, nature, to us
becomes as silent as one hand clapping
to a blind man.

obstructed bridges-5

obstructed bridges-5

Our deepest desire to achieve
collective consciousness’ potential
becomes obstructed by digressive stories,
hindering truly possible
full realization & unity to all.

weight limit bridges-3

weight limit bridges-3

Upon solid ground let us listen
to each other’s suffering,
with the intention to heal,
reconcile, & transform.
Patient diligence is necessary foundation
for bearing witness to ancestor’s greed, violence,
colonization, concentration camp tattoos, to name a few
which linger, continuing to fester; passed on to children.

flooded drought bridges-2

flooded drought bridges-2

Recognizing our collective vulnerability,
no longer finding fault in the other
and justifying behaving as victims
we are now free to face
imminent droughts & floods
of changing weather, together.

spontaneous liberation bridges-4

spontaneous liberation bridges-4

Love, understanding & forgiveness
give rise to spontaneous awakening
of your’s, mine & all’s consciousness.
From before their birth,
ancestors’ hoped descendants
would get across the abysses darkness.
It is now our time & challenge
to wisely cross that bridge
reaching the other shore of freedom.

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73 thoughts on “Friends, We’ve Come To That Bridge

  1. Sonnische

    Wow, very deep and powerful words, bringing my thoughts to those around me who suffer, those I can help and those I don’t seem to be able to help. Each of us has such bridges, and all of us must cross on our own, following examples of those who go before, but under our own power at our own time. I especially love the photo of the Golden Gate and wonder if making a copy would be ok? Hugs to you, David, from Sunny ❤️🌞

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      I smile to the sunshine offered
      by your kind presence, Sunny!
      Wishing you safe, supported crossings!
      Sure, you can make a copy of the bridge,
      may it be of help 🙂

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      1. Sonnische

        Thank you, David, for your generosity and your wisdom. Life is good, even if stressful at times. Even good things can be stressful, like selling one’s hectic city home to move to a more leisurely environment, as we’re in the midst of doing right now. I’m so glad to have you and your awesome photos and thoughtful writings in my life, wherever I am.

  2. niasunset

    “It is now our time & challenge
    to wisely cross that bridge.”

    Beautifully expressed, and how amazing photographs/places,… fascinated me. Love is great, love is everything… Thank you dear Smile, have a nice weekend, Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia

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  3. JoAnna

    This is powerful and much needed. When I read the opening quote, I thought about trying to love a certain person running for the office of US president who tends to make hateful, arrogant statements. It will be an interesting exercise to send love to that person. But the best thing is to send love to all of them, all of us.

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  4. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    May we cross it wisely.
    Thank you, David. Beautiful, wise words. You are a loving poet.
    Peace,
    Mary

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  5. Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

    Very well said, David! Hoping your week is superb! 🙂
    Here is a poem by the famous poet, Wallace Stevens, that points to some unity and togetherness:

    Metaphors of a Magnifico
    Wallace Stevens, 1879 – 1955

    Twenty men crossing a bridge,
    Into a village,
    Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
    Into twenty villages,
    Or one man
    Crossing a single bridge into a village.

    This is old song
    That will not declare itself . . .

    Twenty men crossing a bridge,
    Into a village,
    Are
    Twenty men crossing a bridge
    Into a village.

    That will not declare itself
    Yet is certain as meaning . . .

    The boots of the men clump
    On the boards of the bridge.
    The first white wall of the village
    Rises through fruit-trees.
    Of what was it I was thinking?
    So the meaning escapes.

    The first white wall of the village . . .
    The fruit-trees . . .

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you dear Tom
      for offering extra bridge crossing
      tokens, paying it forward for those
      without adequate change
      whom otherwise might
      be crossing unfinished
      bridges home 🙂

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  6. Healing Grief

    Your words are guided by the beauty of spirit David. I am always moved by your photos and wisdom. “Without awareness, nature, to us
    becomes as silent as one hand clapping to a blind man.” Everyday I am grateful for this awareness, and for special people like you who remind us to live in our truth and our freedom. Thankyou.

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  7. Sabiscuit

    Walking right across. Bridges help to bind us in friendship and unity. They provide safe passage to those who need our love and support. May you continue on in that spirit, my friend. xo

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  8. bruce thomas witzel

    Love that spontaneous liberation bridge David, and all those bridges, whether over or under. And your words express the essence that Thay speaks of, the real message of love. Thank you my friend.

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  9. Annika Perry

    Your posts are always a wondrous delight; a poetic and spiritual treat and this one is no different. Beautiful, thoughtful and full of calmness and wisdom. I flagged it yesterday until I could savour and read in stillness and silence. I will now read again but I do keep returning to this stanza. A gem.

    ‘In awareness, nature’s beauty
    within & without ourselves
    overwhelms limited perceptions
    with exciting sights, sounds & sensations.
    Without awareness, nature, to us
    becomes as silent as one hand clapping
    to a blind man.’

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  10. Michael

    This is a great task we face, David. We face it in every moment– this choice to build the bridge. And we face it with each person with whom we are in relationship, and each tree, blade of grass, and drop of water. It is humbling and joyful to have such wise friends and nature guides as yourself to inspire and help us along the way.

    Peace
    Michael

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i appreciate your understanding of
      these little building projects, Michael,
      that any nuts or bolts that might pass
      through me need visionary skills
      from seers such as yourself
      in order to get the collective job
      done on & in time 🙂

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  12. Hariod Brawn

    Your weekend posts have become an intrinsic part of my life David, and are always a great pleasure to view and ponder over. There is a consistent tranquillity and simplicity about them that is always appealing and welcome.

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  13. blkkat49

    Remarkable photos. Excellent with the pairing of words. My favorite line: “Without awareness, nature, to us becomes as silent as one hand clapping to a blind man.”

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  14. AmyRose🌹

    So much once again in this post! Wow, David, just wow! Your photographs along with your words are a “trip” in of themselves, of the Inner Kind. Truly phenomenal! May all on earth hear the call to wake up to travel those bridges that span the globe that connect all of us who are brothers and and sisters from the Stars. Glorious post!! Thank you! ❤

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  15. harulawordsthatserve

    Beautiful combination of words and image, wisdom and hope…I can see the bridge, I just can’t see what’s on the other side yet, but I guess we have to step on to the bridge and trust…H xx

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