Colors of Life and Death
An ode to the spectacular colors we generate as we flow through life, colors visible from Heaven
Our lives are played out in colors of life and death. When the gods look down from Mt. Olympus and see our lives, what exactly do they see? They see:
Our spirits floating down a river
In waters peaceful and turbulent.
The banks are towering vertical rock;
We tumble in unstopping current.
A river of narrow threads
And wide ribbons of fabulous light;
Delicate iridescent rose and lime,
Aubergine, lilac and heavenly white.
Passionate red, tangerine, copper;
Dramatic, shining, dark and devout.
Pure metallic gold, silver and bronze
Hologram glitter scattered randomly throughout.
Amethyst spirits, topaz, and scarlet,
Celestial blue, indigo, aquamarine,
Amber, saffron, cinnabar, sapphire,
Shot with black and Caribbean green.
Among the beauty, dangerous places,
Dark waters treacherous with damaging yield.
Wars great ugly rents in the spirit tapestry,
Generations pass before they are healed.
Spirits linger in calm and placid pools,
Then glide straight as an arrow down the middle,
Buffeted and spun and slammed into rocks,
We are flung from the edge back into life’s great riddle.
We die. Our light flares briefly, then dims,
And our spirit sinks to the bottom of the river of life,
And slowly tumbles to the sea where we nourish great mother earth.
Until then, our spirit sleeps, sediment untroubled by turmoil and strife.
Our spirit river is visible from far out in space.
For the most part, our colors please the gods that be.
They are entertained by the play and contrast
Of spectacular colors we generate as we live wild and free.
The gods are repulsed by discord and disharmony
Projected by thugs, despots and criminals led astray,
But the gods do nothing to change the course of events;
They simply watch the show of lights and then turn away.
They have many other amusements.
Tao can be thought of the flow of the universe , and is often described as similar to water. Like water, Tao is endlessly self-replenishing, soft and quiet but immensely powerful. Much of Taoist philosophy centers on the cyclical continuity of the natural world and its contrast to the linear, goal-oriented actions of human beings.
"And I'll see your true colors
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow"
"True Colors"(Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg)
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F. Kennedy
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
The sea! The sea! The open sea!
The blue, The fish, The ever free!
~ Bryan W. Procter 1837