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WOOD/TREE (The 5 elements)

The essence of a sprouting grain Call me wood or tree, it’s just a name An upward rising energy You may call me ascending chi Grass, flowers or the mighty oak I’m the power behind all growth Though I’m the essence of all humor When blocked I can even grow a tumor Present at spring, I give rebirth Behind all laughter, I am mirth Upward and onward, my motto and song I see what’s right and not what’s wrong I wake each bird and every child I’m in the wind that runneth wild The mist that rises in the morn Each new day is the sun reborn For all those yearning to be free Look within and look to me...

WATER (The 5 elements)

After such hard work, enjoy a shower Though I am soft, I have no less power My drops, through eons erode any rock My nebulous vapor can rust any lock I seek all places deep and low I run not or jump, I relax and flow I am the moist eyes of every daughter To life I am mother, they know me as water Lakes and oceans, rainstorm and dew After the drought, all life I renew Steam me, I’ll condense, freeze me, I’ll melt I’m the flow of emotion, can’t be known, just felt I clean out all toxins, remove all debris No one can live a moment without me Hear me in song in the cry of the loon Poets depict me in the face of the moon Restrict my expression and soon you’ll be old Life is for living,...

METAL (The 5 elements)

Those on earth, they call me real No phantasm, or cloud, with me you’ll feel Hit your thumb with a hammer, bang! I am the essence who is most Yang Those of the east, they named me metal Perhaps the new age shall call me crystal Strength, and tension, pressure and strain The bone of form, the skull for your brain God’s kingdom extended to the realms most dense Valiant souls, they then journeyed hence The fist of the victor, the diamond, the will The spine of a cactus, an avalanche spill To air I am thunder, to water I’m hail My iron stokes fires, to wood I’m the nail To earth I’m the shovel, I’m the essence of men The bullet, the sword blade, the tip of the pen The teeth of the lion, the nails of a hare Feel my...

EARTH/SOIL (The 5 elements)

The acrid scent of compost pile The diaper of a newborn child Earth, just turned, in garden bed The roses of the newly wed The freshest air, when storm has passed The fragrance of the fresh cut grass I bring the fire to life for form Your soul with flesh I do adorn Between the seasons I give you rest Truly I am the cosmic breast I would not have you burn your lips You must have reality in tiny sips A handful of dirt that teems with life If you like, I am spirit’s wife In volcanic ash new life shall creep Pollen sprouting to pistil’s deep The softness of each petal rare Floral fragrance distilled with care My joy to serve, as farmer’s toil All you need springs from my soil...

FIRE (The 5 elements)

I am the fire of the Central Sun The light of life, of everyone The heat that keep the bloodstream warm The lightning of the thunderstorm Wisdom of the sages mind All impure I shall refine Bees buzzing on a summer day Children jumping, as they laugh and play Quasars, pulsars, electrons too All that’s old I shall renew The hearth that comforts every home I breathe in every centrosome The glint in every warrior’s eye The faith that martyrs never die The glow of cosmos, the light of space The speed of thought, desire to race Beyond all form and every name Behold I beat thine own heart flame...