The Forgotten Forest
جنگل فراموش شده!
By the shore.
A gentle breeze brushes by,
Soft and under the feet.
Gazing at the horizon;
Waiting for the Sun to rise.
What would the new age bring?!
Would the lark still sing?!
Where the flowers bloom in spring?!
When our dreams will take to the wing?!
Will this time make the free spirit ring?!
Hope, Wait, And dream!
After the dawn,
I shall look for those stars left on the shore;
Stars that had flung on the beach
by the Star Gazer.
Whose heart is full of love and tender.
(He washes these stars with his tears.
Then he wipes them with his fingers.)
In the meadow of the forgotten forest,
The banquet is ready to start.
Little Rock (i.e. Jack Li) 1989 Mundus Novus
The above poem was written by my late friend Jack Li in 1989. His pen name was *Littlerock*. Jack wrote this poem for Mundus Novus. Mundus Novus (meaning new world) was a science-oriented futuristic journal in Northern California, that I published for two years from 1988, as the publication of Nova Bookstore, in Sunnyvale of California in the U.S.
Beside this poem, Jack wrote two other poems (The Life Phase, Time) and two articles entitled Zen Meditation and Dreams for Mundus Novus. Jack passed away on April 8, 1994.
Jack seldom wrote anything about spiritual matters and wrote the above noted articles at my request. He always thought there were others who had already written what needed to be written on these topics. He believed in practicing spiritually as his private matter.
The reason that meditation article is called ZEN meditation, is not because of any religious reason. It was because Jack believed that one needed to stick with one tradition of meditation, to be able to focus on meditation itself rather than the tool, and he had chosen Zen as a tool, although he came from a Christian family. Jack had worked directly with Krishnamurti and Shunryu Suzuki, whom he highly respected. I have written about Suzuki in my article Conference of Birds [http://www.ghandchi.com/320-Conference.htm].
For Jack, the purpose of all this was not position and power and for him the school of meditation itself was nothing but a tool, a tool that could be used in one's journey to achieve self-consciousness.
If there are any questions about his articles and poems, I am afraid that I may
not be able to answer. The reader may want to consult the books that jack had
recommended at the end of the articles, or may want to post questions or
public forums, and some people may be able to discuss them.
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
December 10, 2006