Burden of Confidence and Doubt

The hummingbird in the honeysuckle
leaves no trail in the air as it darts
from flower to flower, nor text
to document its progress.

We may have confidence in the existence
of a more sublime realm, or else doubt
that such a world could ever be.

Still, if there were something truly beyond
or lesser than this immediate perfection,
wouldn’t that be a dream, an illusion?

It rained overnight, and now the sun
is reflected in countless drops of water.

They glisten, jewel-like, on the leaves
and petals of the flowers and bushes,
though the light is not their own.

A magician may conjure a fantastic
magical display, yet we still know that
it is not real, but merely a bit of stagecraft.

Is that lovely face in the mirror truly yours,
or just a play of light and reflecting glass?

When we recognize our own self-images
as a mirage, a reflection, or a trail in the sky
left by a flying bird, we may cease deceiving
ourselves and others, and in that way, relinquish
also the weighty burdens of confidence and doubt.




(Photo by Mazie Lane)


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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