The Spirited Me



If the future is set in stone, 

and my life is but an old short story,

chiseled into the Rock of Ages;

firmly cemented in the depths of Time,

then who am I that verily treads

upon this spinning earth?

Who is that me?

Who is it that quickens with each and every step?

Who is it that strides beside the fiery shadow of Death?

Who am I that giveth life to this age-old story?

The story – like a road as it layeth down before me.

Who am I? Oh, who am I?

If you grind away my features?

Who am I that hesitantly gropes for words 

like long-lost treasures?

Oh! Who am I to tell a tale not meant for measure,

who animates The Hero

as he plays me with such pleasure?


Well, I know who I am! I am He, and He is me.

He is fame, and I’m His glory.

We are altogether free.


As it is written in stone,  He and I shall walk alone.

We will cross the Great Divide

becoming One on our way home!


Uncle Tree

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Photograph from Wiki Commons


41 thoughts on “The Spirited Me

  1. Perhaps the story is old, my dearest Uncle … but… it IS our own.

    And though we be forever linked to the ones who have already passed this way … it is our path to travel right now …

  2. This really speaks my “language”, UT! I like this spirited you.

    If there’s no end, there’s no beginning… That’s just how it works. 🙂

    Nice to see another splendid writing from you. xoxo

  3. 🙂 Why, thank ya, Gayle! About The Beginning…just tryin’
    to keep dem dere dang Big Bangers happy. Ya know?
    We Occidentals are a strange bunch. Gotta start somewhere ~

  4. This is so you Keith.. You are right.. You are Him and He is you..
    What amazing way to express!!

    Like one gallant song it was worded.. 🙂
    Loved it a much.. Hugs xx

  5. A brilliant piece Keith! Well crafted and definitely one of your best in my opinion. The humbleness and reliance on faith are telling a story throughout and one really doesn’t know much till it comes to the end but then again isn’t that how our lives really go…we really don’t know anything till the end. Great, thought provoking , Poem …Man you would be an awesome story teller…if you could just find a way to end one like you did this poem.(you do know I’m laughing like a taunting devil right now don’t you?) Great work cheerin’ you on!

  6. Thank you, Stuart! Really 🙂 One of my best and brightest, eh?
    Only time will tell how well I like it. I always need to put some
    distance between me and my work before I can read it objectively.


    We spirits of eternity have no need to hurry, but I hear ya, bro.

  7. My dear uncle, excelent poetry, I can really relate to it, one of my favourites sentences of a few years ago was “how am I not myself? Am I not myself?myself?
    I really like the way you write


  8. LoL, Dan! Aren’t we all? And say,
    I see you searched this title and my name.
    I’d love to hear how you found me, if you don’t mind.

    And thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods!
    Peace, UT 🙂

  9. Haha, Well I saw a glimpse through a little door leading over here and I couldn’t help myself. The door was in the form of a comment on an Alan Watts Love of Wisdom talk on youtube. Continue enjoying the story and the telling. 😀

  10. Thanks for that fantastic return to my realm, Dan! 🙂
    I’m glad I left a door a bit ajar over yonder from whence ye came.
    There is so much stuff on Youtube besides music. Incredible!
    Alan was an old favorite author of mine. As a tripper from years
    gone by, he was one of a few that I could really relate to.

    Do feel welcome to pop back in at any unexpected time, good sir.

  11. I think you may be all three, and a tree 🙂

    I live my life in widening circles
    that reach out across the world.
    I may not ever complete the last one,
    but I give myself to it.

    I circle around God, that primordial tower.
    I have been circling for thousands of years,
    and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
    a storm, or a great song?

    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
    tr. Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

  12. excellent poem… quite thought-provoking as well. A question requiring a bit of self-excavation…

  13. Thank you, K’lee! 🙂 Glad you liked this bit of soul searching –
    which started out as a rant against the idea of a set future
    for every individual, and turned into the discovery of the One.

  14. I’m curious Keith as to why it began as it did? I’m feeling there’s an interesting story behind that!

  15. I was dating a psychic/medium at the time. I was already a skeptic…and I have many a doubt about prophesy (long-term predictions), including Biblical prophets. For humanity as a whole, I think, is easier to guess than an individual’s future choices.
    I’ll venture this — 15 to 30 minutes from now you’ll…
    that kind of prediction may be possible, any longer than that, idk. If one is told the prediction, of course, one can blow the chance. That’s the thing. Free-will opposes predictions. At least, mine does. 😉

  16. Fantastic answer! I once herd something to the order of we all exist through dimensions. One for each choice we ‘would have taken’ along with the ones we did!

  17. “Now, now. Wait a minute. Why should I do anything,
    when I have a gazillion “me”s to do it for me?” God says.

    Most astrophysicists oppose the idea of an infinite reality, or so I’ve read.
    But if we are a closed looping ∞, then outside of us, who knows?
    I read a book on Infinity by a math whiz. Those guys love the infinite.

  18. Well, my take is the ‘you’ you are experiencing in the ‘here and now’ is the consciousness you were given to work with… this go ’round.

    The existence of those other Keiths is kind of like theirs to work with. Infinite ‘yous’ do not negate the current sphere of existence at all. If anything, it validates it!

    Check out, if you haven’t already, a movie called, ‘The One’ with Asian action star Jet Li. It tackles this concept in a very interesting way!

  19. Do I have to do everything? LoL As a single parent,
    I could use another me or two. One that cooks,
    and one that loves to do dishes and housework.

    As always, I appreciate your input K’lee! 🙂 Uncle Tree

  20. Right back at you, Keith! See, if you had more yous in this realm, they might cook or do housework, but they might also go partying while you’re asleep and get you in trouble… best to leave them in their own dimension!

  21. Yes and each destination is waiting as we learn to step one foot in front of the other along the way.

  22. I’m still learning peoples walking style. 😉 I tend to bend all the while.
    Mostly, I stay put, where I can be a destination in my own right.

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