MYSTICAL POEMS: “When I was the forest” by Meister Eckhart


When I was the 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


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


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


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


For then I knew my soul – every soul –

has always held


~ Meister Eckhart

Daniel Ladinsky translation

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Stupendous and fantastic poem by Meister Eckhart. When I was a Forest and the picture was magical and magnificent.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Love and blessings! ❤


      1. Welcome dear Amira ♥️♥️♥️♥️ love and light to you

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  2. LindaP says:

    Amazing poem!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Linda! I am glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂 ❤


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