Knowledge is like a boat.
It carries us to places we want to go,
yet it doesn’t tell us how we got there.
And once we reach our destination,
we become content.
We praise ourselves,
and our geniuses for building such a tool.
An useful tool but with small cracks.
Luckily this boat still floats.
It floats in calm waters,
blue waters and red waters.
Wherever and whenever our minds decide to drift away.
We drift and wander for days,
Still no firm land to step on.
All that is around is water.
Soft, transparent, emotional water.
It dances full of happiness,
with a slight touch of mockery.
Its soft voice gently calls us to dance with them
but we are too scared to do so.
Thus, we attach ourselves to this boat.
This boat we built with our own hands.
This boat has worked for us for so long.
It took us to places we wanted to go.
Why should we abandon it?
Why should we step outside, in the water, and drown?
Oh that tricky water,
that mysterious water,
that dances and mocks me.
I dislike you yet I want to be just like you.
One day I will step out,
dance with you,
and be happy like you.
But for now I will stay on my boat and wander because I am afraid of you…
(This poem was written after getting inspired by the book Dao De Jing by Lao Tse and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Both of these authors write about the hidden teaching from observing different element from the natural world -like water and rivers. After reading these books, I started to realize how water and rivers have a sacred and spiritual component within. It can teach us many lessons only if we observe and listen carefully. I invite you to read these two books if you want to learn more about the teachings in which this poem is rooted on. Here is a free link for Lao Tse’s book: