When I Was The Forest

When I Was The Forest — Meister Eckhart
From: Daniel Ladinsky’s
Love Poems from God

"Creative Commons Forest" by Andrew Malone is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Creative Commons Forest” by Andrew Malone is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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.

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