Hokusai Says is about life living through you and one of my favorite poems. It’s inspiration for armchair travelers, global wanderers and anytime the longest journey may be just across the street. This is attributed to Roger Keys.
Life living through you as ‘Hokusai Says’
Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.
He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
Yourself as long as it’s interesting.
He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says everyone of us is a child,
everyone of us is ancient, everyone of us has a body.
He says everyone of us is frightened.
He says everyone of us has to find a way to live with fear.
He says everything is alive –
shells, buildings, people,
fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.
He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home and stare at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees and grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.
Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength is life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.
He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Written by Roger Keys. Reproduced with thanks to Blaine Watson.