Deep time pushes consciousness to its limits, demanding a true account of what's before our eyes. Thus when walking in the woods, two poets are better than one, with the second reminding the first that unknowing is the source of wisdom.
The following story is told by Dharma teacher Wes Nisker.
A Dharma Story
"Gary Snyder was once camping with fellow poet Lew Welch in the Mendocino redwoods.
As they looked up at trees that were hundreds of years old, Snyder said,
"I’ll bet the trees are thinking that we humans are just passing through."
Welch looked around and replied,
"And the rocks around here must be thinking that those trees are just passing through."
Wes Nisker, from Inquiring Mind, Vol. 26 No. 2, Spring 2010