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The Wise Old Man and the Lesser Mortals

Updated on January 27, 2014
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"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures." - Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-87, Writer/Reformer



The deep and inner of self

Is the deep and inner of everything,

Of Everyone.


One day

A child sat by the shore

To listen to the sea,

To the song of the mountains,


To the Wise Old Man.


“To know the unlimited,

Be free of the limited.”


The child had mostly known

Through other’s eyes,

Through his own eyes,

How much he’s failed.


Nothing could prove them,

Himself wrong

Even through his own eyes.


“To see is to be blinded by colors;

Essence is visible only to the heart.”


“To hear is to deafened by sounds;

God is heard only through silence.”


The outer world that is all noise

Is quelled by the stillness

That is within.


The still small voice,

Can you hear?


Behind the veil.

I am a lesser mortal,

You are a greater one.

You are a lesser mortal,

I am a greater one.


Lesser mortals we all seem.

The still small voice obscured,

Bound by the limited,

From touching the Unlimited.


“Without trusting the Unknown,

Known and knower cannot be trusted.”


The little child may someday know

The Unlimited that’s yet to know

With faith and innocence,


An empty mind

Listens to the Wise Old Man.


A sage appreciating proverbs,

A magi’s attentive ear

Bringing Joy.


The child

Keeps in reverent company,

With lesser mortals

And each sacred moment

---The voice of the Wise Old Man.


The child,

The lesser mortals

---imperfect earthbound selves,

The Wise Old Man,



In you and me.


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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for honoring the hub with your comments, Chitrangada, and welcome. I guess it's merely the beauty within you seeing what's outside as beautiful. Glad for the meeting of minds!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Well expressed and well done!

      Nice and beautiful work. Thanks!

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Hi Eric and thanks for the kind words from a great master! Glad to contribute to the Joy and meaning that is always overflowing in your world =)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great work here. Very enjoyable and meaningful.