Treasure Island

Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! wisely love the wise


The wise love wisely.

It’s said, that when the truly wise
surface from their sleep,
they see nought but heavenly blue
in which the world then gently, slowly shapes itself
as if this whole created world were but
a single act of love; and within that love,
their love is wisdom, knowledge, law;
as they emerge from their wise sleep,
this is what they are.

The wise love wisely; when they look at you,
(you who maybe meet them for
the first time; offer them perhaps
a flower from too hot a hand,
a fruit, a handkerchief…
or meet them by some heavenly accident,
they, like a comet through your life)

and their first so wise glance at you
sees nought but your perfection;
they do not doubt that you are they,
that they are you; and while they’re here
you share all this with them;
you’ve met yourself; for this
is what you are..

The wise are careful lovers
for love is care, and care is charity;
and yet the wise are widest, wildest,
most romantic lovers:
they throw, they strew their love
on all and every one and thing without a further thought,
offering simply, lawful freedom, happiness;
bidding love well as it flies away,
wishing you themself;
wishing you, yourself;

The wise love wisely;
for they know the secret law of love:
the more it’s given, the more there is
to give.

The wise love wisely;
so, they wear a wise disguise;
they look like you and me; because
we are that same disguise.

Submitted: Friday, December 22, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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  • Ghada Shahbender (12/22/2006 5:40:00 AM)

    I search within me and all around for this wisdom Michael... I rarely find it.. I defenitely lack the wisdom to see through the disguise.. Your words make me want to search deeper.. GS (Report) Reply

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