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A poem about freedom and hope

Ed's note: I've always loved the wind, a love that was nurtured in me as a young man when I fell in love with sailing. In these times of divisiveness and fear, I'm hoping you will enjoy the following poem that I wrote during the Cold War years while living in a beautiful region of British Columbia called the Cariboo. It's a poem about freedom and hope entitled, "One with the Wind."

The wind that stirs in these dark Cariboo forests last week may have crossed the steppes of Asia and blown a girl's scarf about her head in Moscow Square.

They do not check the wind at the border, where are you from, where are you going, what is your nationality, reason for visit. The wind moves as it will, impervious to bullets, impervious to walls--a symbol of  a dimension larger than man, a force that man cannot grasp, or contain, or make conform--the dimension of Spirit.

As the wind is at home anyplace, so my spirit is at home anyplace, and where my spirit meets your spirit, we are one, and the world doesn't know anything about it, and the world doesn't need to know anything about it....

But we know, and we sense the power of that union, and that these walls which man has made will not be around much longer, but the wind will blow forever.

I send you blessings and love and hope you have a very happy Festive Season.

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Diaz December 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Beautiful poem, Chris! Thank you!

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Avis Ives December 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Thank you, for being on this planet at this time with us. It matters, this message matters, it fills my heart.

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

Thank you Avis. It’s good to be sharing this journey with you.

Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 11:04 am

Thank you Lisa. I’m delighted to hear from you. I hope all goes very well.

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Anna December 7, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Thank you Chris for this lovely poem. May the wind blow my good wishes to you and my love xx Anna

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

Hi Anna, I think I do feel a very pleasant breeze on my cheek reading your words:-) Thank you and God bless.

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Angela Artemis December 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Dear Chris,
I hope you are well!
I wanted to tell you how moved I was by your poem.
I especially loved this part:

As the wind is at home anyplace, so my spirit is at home anyplace, and where my spirit meets your spirit, we are one, and the world doesn’t know anything about it, and the world doesn’t need to know anything about it….
But we know, and we sense the power of that union, and that these walls which man has made will not be around much longer, but the wind will blow forever.

Thank you for sharing this with us. Thank you for sharing YOU with us Chris. I’m sending you tidings of joy and best wishes for blessed holiday season.
With gratitude,
Angela

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

Hi Angela, thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s a joy to hear from you. I’m doing well thanks, perhaps slowing down a little bit but thoroughly enjoying the opportunity that aging offers to enjoy the wonder of life and go deeper into the love that is in us and around us. There’s a hand of grace on all our lives, isn’t there. Love and blessings to you Angela.

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Larry Pearlman December 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Thanks for this Chris. I remember how much I loved reading it the first time I saw it and it has the same impact, or maybe more, now. It’s a beautiful reminder of what is real and what is important.

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

Hi Larry, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. I’m thankful for our friendship and send you a lot of love. We’ll keep on doing our best, won’t we.

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Neil Salka December 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

in the movie “little big man” dustin hoffman had a great quote as Grandfather:
“as long as grass grows, the wind blows, and the sky is blue, my heart soars as an eagle.”
may gentle breezes lift you higher chris.

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

Thank you for your kind thoughts and for the beautiful quote, Neil. It’s really great to be sharing this journey with you. Lots of love.

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Christine Jonas December 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

This poem brings back so many wonderful memories. I love, love this!

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Thank you Christine. Blessings and love.

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Jan December 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

Thank you.
Somebody much loved passed out of my life recently and your poem reminded me that the connection will be there forever.
Loved it.

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Thank you for your very touching words, Jan. I do offer sincere condolences. I believe you are absolutely correct, that the connection with your departed loved one will be there forever. I have lost a number of loved ones, but I find that the older I become, the more deeply I realize that there is a connection between us that is eternal.

A book that I have found very inspiring and helpful in recent months, and which you too might enjoy, is ‘The Map of Heaven’, by Eben Alexander, MD. He’s a neurosurgeon who had rather remarkable NDE. My love to you, Jan.

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Nadeja December 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

Thank you Chris, for posting this wonderful poem which has stayed with me ever since I first read it many years ago. (What is time anyway?) It brought me inspiration then and does once again now, lifing my spirit and my heart. We are all One and connected, therein lies comfort and joy. Blessings to you and Jo-Ann. Merry Christmas!

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Thank you and bless you Nadeja. I’m very glad the poem has been and is a help. Truly, we are all one, and as has been said, Heaven and earth are one, too. I came across a lovely saying from an ancient Greek tablet the other day, “I am the child of earth and starry Heaven, but my real race is of Heaven.” Merry Christmas to you too.

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David Banner December 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

Thank you, dear friend Chris!

David

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Christopher Foster December 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Thank YOU, David. Very thankful for our friendship. My love to you and Diane and have a very happy festive season.

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Lucille December 8, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Thank you, Chris, for your poem—so beautifully expressed. It is wonderful being free and at home with you, I love this: “…where my spirit meets your spirit, we are one …” and nothing of the world can change it because they know nothing about it.

Much Love and Blessings to you and Jo-Ann, Happy Festive Season to you also.

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Christopher Foster December 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

Lucille, I am so sorry that somehow I missed responding to your very kind and welcome email any sooner. I read your comment when it arrived, and made a mental note to respond, but somehow got preoccupied with other stuff.
I want you to know that I really treasure your friendship and support over the years.
It’s wonderful being free and at home with you too.
Happy Christmas, and much love, from JoAnn and me.

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Michel Vaillancourt December 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Dear Christopher, thank for sharing your creativity with us through out the year.
May your Holiday season be filled with love, joy and health, may the new year offer you amassing discovery on all plane.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster December 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Michel, my grateful thanks for your kind comment. Sorry for the delay in response. Your support means a great deal to me. I send blessings and love and best wishes for a happy, prosperous New Year.

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SandiO December 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Greetings Dear Friend, Chris-
I had read this poem earlier in the month and at a time when I was so saddened by the events in our world here on earth. It was helpful then to know you and your readers were with me on this journey, though I felt so alone.

Today, I read it again and with a stronger sense of Joy, that we do meet, through like souls even online, and the rest of’ the world doesn’t need to know anything about it’. I have often thought people come into our lives for a reason, and you came into mine to bring joy with your words and support when the road is long and a bit ‘bumpy’.

God bless you this Christmas and may you have a Joyous New Year filled with Peace.
Love and Kindness to you Chris and your wonderful wife who generously shares you with all of us!
SandiO

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Christopher Foster December 26, 2016 at 11:16 am

Dear Sandi,

You are a dear friend indeed. Thank you for your very touching words. I too believe that people come into our lives for a reason, thus I know that there is a reason for the connection that has been flowering between us for some little time now. I’m very happy if I’ve been able to offer a bit of help on this journey we and many others are on, you have been a help to me also with your friendship and love.
I do believe that joy is the very core of our existence and that paradoxical as it may sound, the difficulties and challenges of this human life as we know it at the moment can be the catalyst that opens a door to a deeper and deeper experience of the joy that is our birthright.
Love and blessing to you too Sandi and may you also experience a joyous and wonder-full New Year.

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