Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

Faith In The System - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

'Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories and criticism. The fore-going generations beheld God and nature face to face; we through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy the original relation to the universe? Why should we not have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs...
Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust in the perfection of the creation so far as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now that we know
For certain two main ways
Of getting exposed


By merely personally
Coming into contact
With it


Breathing it individually
Into your
Very being

What else
Is there to know

I know we're
All going someday

I choose to go with my faith
And nature coming into direct contact
With my daily life

Breathing deeply
All the days
Of my life

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  • (11/17/2007 3:17:00 PM)

    OOPS! I missed 'Ralph Waldo Emerson'. How could I do that? At my age, it's easy. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

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