The Real Truth


The Real Truth

To be truthful

I don’t always

know what life is

for. Yes, there

are sparks of clarity

in the stubble of

the commonplace.

But most days I live in

a cloudy unknowing.


just negotiating

the next task, without

becoming the opposite

of the early dawn

stillness I long to


Of course I

have read many baggy

handbooks on the need

to be present to my life,

to God or even to my dog.

Once or twice in a

month of mornings

I touch something,

and out of insight’s

grain store garnered

(from the wise ones)

comes winnowing out

an ear of wisdom.

Telling me that

my soul is a

cast and ringing

bowl, that if I

stay still long enough,

my soul will show up

like an image through

tracing paper.

I wonder

though (the wise ones),

do they really do it,

or are they, like me,

fleetingly conscious,

that it might be


And have they like me,

wished all the shadows,

cast by previous stabs

at contact, would move out

of the way?

But perhaps the real truth

is; that the shadows are

it, and we just haven’t

realised they are the

presence in disguise.

From ‘The Call of the Unwritten’ – Available here Purchase on Amazon

Written by

Adrian G R Scott lives in the Rivelin Valley, Sheffield, he is a poet , writer and amateur photographer. For more He has studied theology, organisation development and is now working on a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Sheffield University. He has written two books of poetry, one of prose and edited a collection of Poetry by the two writing groups he facilitates. After suffering a breakdown in 2014 he has undergone Jungian Analysis for the last two years. He also facilitates Rites of Passage for men and is fascinated by the stories and poetry that come from holy scriptures, fairy tales and other major world religions. He is especially interested in how we find our way through the world with the help of such stories and poems. ​ His books are available at Buy Books


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