At the Sun’s Zenith


Elemental Immersion

the earth of my body
at rest upon the Earth
the fire of the Sun
alights upon me
radiant flesh
pulsating star-stuff
basking in the radiance
of a younger star
breath of the forest
cool breeze wafting
from the shade
of sheltering leaves
laden with mist
and the soft kisses
of dew drops

in the unrelenting percussion
of plunging waters
cascades through being
purging anything
that resists
and all that remains
is the pristine void
dwelling within the tender shell
of glistening skin


A Taoist story tells of an old sage who accidentally fell into the river rapids leading to a high and dangerous waterfall. Onlookers feared for his life. Miraculously, he came out alive and unharmed downstream at the bottom of the falls. People asked him how he managed to survive. “I accommodated myself to the water, not the water to me. Without thinking, I allowed myself to be shaped by it. Plunging into the swirl, I came out with the swirl. This is how I survived.”


Accommodating myself to the Sun…


6 thoughts on “At the Sun’s Zenith

  1. Hey Cnawan!
    Beautiful poem and story. Resisting the flow would have been his death.
    I’ve been thinking of you, wondering how the fire is going in your beloved Canada.
    We have a few fires here too. The closest one is about 18,000 acres. 24 homes burned. It will never be a pine forest again…and the wildlife. So sad.
    I hope you are well. You look well.
    Take care

    • Hi Mary! So pleased that you liked the post. Yes, surrendering to the flow – one of the key life-lessons some of us need to learn over and over. 🙂

      It seems like it may be a very bad year for forest fires in both the US and Canada.

      I am well. Trust that you are too. Warm Blessings!

  2. Hello Cnawan. It’s been some time since I visited but I was thinking about you this morning and sought you out. I love this post. “I accommodate myself…” That will stick with me. Blessings to you!

    • Hi Debi, so nice to hear from you! So pleased that you enjoyed the post…and thanks for the reminder of that phrase – I could use it myself these days. I’m not on wordpress much at all these days, but I’ll have to take a look at your recent postings! Blessings back atchya!

  3. This reminds me of one of my favorite books, The Laws of Spirit, by Dan Millman. I love the idea of becoming one with our environment and succumbing to its strength, making it our strength and guide! Such serene imagery and words.

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