Peace of Mind by Kathleen Raine
If the pool were still
The reflected world
Of tottering houses,
The falling cities,
The quaking mountains
Would cohere on the surface
And stars invisible
To the troubled mind
Be seen in water
Drawn from the soul’s
Your pool is stilled not by outer circumstance, but from within outward. It is for this reason that you need not go away, withdraw from society or cloister yourself to know peace, in fact, you can be at peace, surrounded and permeated by a sea of glass like unto crystal in any circumstance whatsoever.
The fulness of your power and vision are only available when your heart and mind are undisturbed. This stillness comes as you gain confidence in your soul’s “bottomless well.” This peace is known as you declare the voice of reason to your world. Radiance over reaction in all cases is preferred.
Once you realize that all the world’s woes – the “tottering houses,” “falling cities” and “quaking houses” – spring from the same basic cause, you see that one is no more troubling than the other. Moreover, you realize that there is but one solution in principle, applied many different ways.
The way out is marked by the stars invisible to the troubled mind and heart.