TSM 164 — I am the one…

I am the one who forms the vessels
from cosmoplasm’s clay
although ten thousand theories will
swirl forever as to how all comes about.

Despite your impulse to thank or blame
me, the one who forms the vessels,
know the way of things are as they are
whether or not you choose to pray.

From each atom of your grieving tears
to the dimensions of your joyous smile
I am the one who forms the vessels.
There is only the fashioning, released, to be.

You say you want to ask me things?
There are no answers, just a maker
and an endless stream of things, being.
Mysterious Mother, the one who forms the vessels.

 

The Mysterious Mother is a term used in daoist texts. My poem tries to describe her in daoist philosophy and could be considered paraphrasing from the Tao Te Ching aka Dao De Jing.

Today’s offering is in quatern form.

 

Carrie is today’s host of The Sunday Muse.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Profound and thought provoking

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome ☺️

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  2. Beverly Crawford says:

    The Mysterious Mother, the great I AM, Mother Earth …this seems to fit all avenues does it not? Bravo

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it does!

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  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    The Mysterious Mother, the great I AM, Mother Earth …this seems to fit all avenues does it not? Bravo

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  4. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    A potter, a vessel-maker, releasing into life “being”: I love the ageless quality of the speaker’s voice, adding to the mystic but settled wisdom with which she speaks.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Dora. I agree with most of it, but I do believe that prayers are heard. Seems contradictory but it’s like so many things that seem contradictory…

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      1. robtkistner says:

        Beautiful writing Lisa! I keep a copy of Lao Tsu‘s Tao Te Ching at arm’s length of my writing desk. I pick it up to read a few pages from time to time. I find it centering, and I love the depth of its profoundly simple writings. I don’t read it as religious text, I find it much deeper than that.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I know what you mean, Rob. Between the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu’s book you have a complete template for navigating the world. I’m glad you are a fan of the TTC.

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  5. Carrie V. H. says:

    I love this Lisa! The voice in this is honest and wise. A truly beautiful poem!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Carrie, so happy you enjoyed the poem and I appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

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  6. qbit says:

    “Mysterious Mother, the one who forms the vessels” – wonderful!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Helen Dehner says:

    This is stunning, deep and revelatory.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, many thanks, glad you connected with it.

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      1. coalblack says:

        I especially like that final stanza.

        –Shay/Fireblossom

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Shay!

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  8. memadtwo says:

    The voice in this is just right. Compassionate, yet matter of fact. Yes, she is listening. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, K.

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  9. Jim says:

    You make it, you know the ways of the beast. Or else fake it. My lines are
    “the one who forms the vessels,
    know(s) the way of things are as they are. . . ”
    A nice read, Ms. J.
    ..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Jim.

      Like

  10. wyndolynne says:

    This is a poem to sit with; it’s hard (for me) to envision making without a goal.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      maybe the goal is perpetuity? Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  11. hedgewitch says:

    Just as I imagine the Mother might speak. No answers, only vessels, making and unmaking. Enjoyed it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much!

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  12. Susie Clevenger says:

    Just a mother making, no answers just creating. Beautiful

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Susie, thank you. Yes ❤

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  13. kaykuala h says:

    Wonderful form Jade! Must try this quatern someday. Very informative take,love it!

    Hank

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank I wish you would try it. Thank you for your thoughtful comment 🙂

      Like

  14. Sunita Prasad says:

    The old world wisdom shines through your poem, Lisa.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. Glad you think so, Sunita.

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  15. No answers, just creation. Beautifully written, Lisa!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sara. Thanks 🙂

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