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A Natural View
by Leland Waldrip
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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Natural, naturalist, and naturalism describe a world view, those who hold it, and a doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms, without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations for any but entertainment issues. This poem is as close to a creed as we get, for we welcome free inquiry and proof of variance on any issue.

A Natural View


Awake each day with hope and joy,
Thankful the world’s in our employ.

Our precious time we don’t waste,

As with delight its mysteries taste.

Enthralled, its beauty we embrace,

Challenges, with calm try to face,

Strive each turn of happenstance,

Ethics and knowledge to advance.

We’re not gods — goofy thought —

But seek wisdom as humans ought.

Finding our way in the world as man,

Accepting what fate has dealt our hand.

We’re naturalists in every respect,

But add to the label, a new aspect:

Study life, nature as the mother,

And eschew all supernatural “other,”

Except as entertainment, its forte,

For diversion is requisite mainstay.

Anchor our mind in logic and reason,

And never against it commit treason,

By accepting some dogmatic creed,

Or bending our knee in word or deed.

Spend no time in sermon’s grip,

Hollow promise of heavenly trip.

Enjoy our allotted time on earth,

Care not a whit for eternity berth.

Yet, a joy as through life we go,

Are dear friends we’ve come to know,

Whose beliefs across spectrum fly,

From hard skeptics to “never ask why.”

Tell them what we think, perhaps in verse,

But accept each of them, better or worse,

And hope they enjoy this earthly stay,

By reveling in life — charted their way.






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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/2/2008
Written with structural discipline and much meaning; thank you for sharing this gift, Leland. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 2/3/2004
Leland, you really know how to dissect a subject and then create something truly beautiful from it
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 1/30/2004
Leland this is outstanding, you have such an ordered, yet poetic mind.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/29/2004
Wise with a goofy hint of humor. Hurrah!!:)
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 1/28/2004
Wonderful plea for tolerance, Leland.

Well done.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 1/28/2004
Ah, Be Here Now. This is a beautiful write, Leland. Thank you.
Reviewed by Esra Karatash Alpay 1/28/2004
good advice!
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 1/28/2004
I hate you Leland because you are so good at what you do and say and write,and, and, it's wonderful. Thanks for sharing courageous friend. Mikii
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 1/28/2004
Absolutely wonderful. i salute you for composing these wonderful verses,
Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/28/2004
Sage advice and wonderfully written.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/28/2004
"A Natural View" is scientfically sublime!

This magnificent poem, "A Natural View" is a precious flawless polished diamond!

I Salute You, Author-Poet Leland Waldrip!

Thank You for being a bricklayer in the building of the tower of Grace and wonders.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 1/27/2004
Reviewed by jude forese 1/27/2004
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/27/2004
Wonderful poetry Leland, and may you enjoy each and every day with good health,love and laughter as you go your way!Fabulous photo!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 1/27/2004
A very wise write.
We may be gone in the next hour, so I cherish
every minute of life and what it has to offer.
Thanks for sharing this.....
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/27/2004
All we have is this day and the next. There's so much beauty out there to enjoy--to restore--why would anyone look at life as misery and pain, hoping for a heaven that's already waiting for us--out there--every day.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/27/2004
Now that was beautiful, and that picture, just lovely,

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/27/2004
A wonderful sharing of thoughts!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/27/2004
Respect your view completely, Leland, and the fact you're willing to accept others' views, too.

I guess I'm one of those birds that can't seem to find all the answers I seek in science; so I choose to be a half-breed, I guess. I don't think mankind is capable yet of knowing all the answers.
Maybe someday, I hope.
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 1/27/2004
Yes, Leland, I'm well aware of the snickering that accompanies the uttering of John Denver's name ... BUT... he said something in a song once that has always stayed with me and your lovely, important poem brought it forward again: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life.".. When people complain that there isn't enough time, I have a mental trigger that adds up the minutes in an hour to equal 24 hours in a day... just ONE day! Somehow, that should be the equivalent of the glass being half full, not half enpty. It's breathtaking to me that, if I choose to, I can fill every minute of every day and have more on the horizon. You've touched me deeply with this piece... I love your positive approach to life, to nature, to simply everything I've heard you speak about. You are a kindred spirit... how lovely. katy xox.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/27/2004
Think I'll put this by my shaving mirror, very uplifting, agree with Tinks..
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/27/2004
I loved it Leland and I don't think I could have said it better. Hell, I KNOW would never have come close to saying it the heartfelt words you gave pen to.
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 1/27/2004
Leland this is simply beautiful. Thank you. The pic is great as well.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/27/2004
Very beautiful and awesome view Leland!!

This has a "Gods" touch to it my friend!!

The picture speaks for itselfs!!
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