This poem is dedicated to my brother, Shane Masters, and was written at the exact time that he was undergoing robotic kidney surgery in Thailand, on the morning of March 8th, 2017, while I was stuck in Atlanta feeling helpless…
I LOVE YOU SHANE!!!
THE SILENCE THAT DEAFENS IT ALL
by: John Masters for: Shane Masters
“Today is a day when time stands still,
When the forces of nature overpower my will,
When the god that I worship is not revealing his plan,
Because when all is said & done, I am merely a man,
And the plan that I think is so firmly in place,
Can be ripped from my hands like the dreams I embrace.
Day by day… I bob and I weave,
To avoid the emptiness I so deeply perceive,
But the more that I work and the more that I trudge,
The thing I so fear will not even budge.
As I follow a path which only leads to the next,
I’m confined by the walls laid down by the text,
The text that I find in the book that I read,
To tell me the truth and how to proceed,
But the book is merely a pointer to truth,
which I already see, so I need no pursuit.
The answers lie in the smallness of man,
That I am no wiser than that which I can,
See with my eyes, and hear with my ears,
and taste with my tongue, and fear with my fears.
The wind and the trees know more than I,
so they are the ones on which I rely,
The clouds and the waves will ebb and will flow,
Yet they hold the wisdom that I’ll only know,
when I lay down everything I was taught,
All the books and the fights that lead to distraught.
So, instead of allowing worry and drain,
That so many times leads to conflict and pain,
I will steady myself as the rain starts to fall
THE SILENCE THAT DEAFENS IT ALL.”