The Tao of Totem Poles

Mushrooms are sprouting from the old totem poles, now laid to rest in the forests of Nanaimo’s Bowen Park. Sprouting from eyelashes, jawbones, armpits, wingtips…

I am reminded of T.S. Eliot’s epitaph (which he chose himself) inscribed above his interred remains at St. Michael’s Church in East Coker, England. Lines he selected from his famous Four Quartets:

In my beginning is my end.
In my end is my beginning.


This simple expression – by mushroom, by Eliot – of the Tao.

Photos (c) Kim Goldberg, 2011

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet, journalist and author of 6 books. Latest titles: RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact:
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