when I was a forest

When I was the stream, when I was the forest,

when I was still the field,

when I was every hoof, foot,

fin and wing, when I

was the sky

itself

no one ever asked me did I have a purpose, no one ever

wondered was there anything I might need,

for there was nothing

I could not

love.

It was when I left all we once were that

the agony began, the fear and questions came,

and I wept, I wept. And tears

I had never known

before.

So I returned to the river, I returned to

the mountains. I asked for their hand in marriage again,

I begged– I begged to wed every object

and creature,

and when they accepted,

God was ever present in my arms

And He did not say,

Where have you been?

For then I knew my soul — every soul —

has always held

Him.

Meister Eckhart

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