Circle Of Life
Joined hand and hip, an unbroken circle of life
Dances around the fire pit, in an endless chain
Pressing forever forward seeking the unknown,
Accepting bits and pieces, building knowledge.
The human race is caught up in fervent prayer
To myriads of deities seeking : grander cathedrals,
Higher mountain top monasteries, ornate robes,
Gold leafed hymnals, silver chalices, sweeter wine.
Forests and savannas, seek not, accepts life's terms :
Birth, struggle, growth, unfolding, reaching life's end.
The Circle realizes all life prospers to its potential
Half Life, then degrading becomes the spiraling down.
Even icons of faith's founding pillars never reached
Their nirvana of Half Life. Grossly cut down while
Still in unfolding periods, their rabid faithful anoint
Their lost presence through images ever expanding.
Images were designed to press an emotional response
Bypassing Man's innate desire to think. Thinking, he
Gains wisdom drawing him away from a blind faith.
Reading from The Book Of Life he found necessity.
For millions of years upright Man processed through
The cycle of life creating The Circle surrounding us.
Those who sought power needed shackles to control
Ignorant masses. Image based faith their answer.
Though still popular today, faith, continues to lose
Its underpinning as more people gain fruitful wisdom,
Which draws them into reading The Book Of Life,
While they join hand and hip expanding the Circle.
Ronald C. Downie