Interdependency Poems

Flower in the Crannied Wall

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Auguries of Innocence

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

The Tennyson poem was composed several decades after the one by Blake, but clearly the latter’s first four lines influenced the great Victorian bard.

They are both contemplations along the lines of ‘interdependent origination’ or co-dependent causes and effects reviewed in the previous Buddhism 101 #2 Article though again, the way such notions are usually presented, you might not think it.

Time for a spontaneous haiku on all this:

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Each leaf and flower petal gently quivering

On each particular stem or branch

All caressed by same soft breeze

Haiku #13 05/11/2021

Published by The Baron

Retired non-profit administrator.

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