Doing and Non-Doing


Doing and Non-Doing

We are always making plans, always finding reasons to do things, or not to do things.  The mind knows the way, but it is in distinguishing the way that we go wrong.  Our nature has been to live up to ideals, to live up to goals, but there in the midst of our striving the ideal and the goal are indistinguishable from the unacceptable and the aimless.  

As diverse as we consider ourselves to be, the real problem lies in the monotony of our diversity.  Most of it is only an admission of an ongoing trend, and the rest is a demand to be like others already there.  You can only go as far as sanity allows, but sanity heeds no excess when pursuing what is allowable.  In living up to your dreams there is the presupposition that you want to bring the world down to your understanding; thus, what we allow always inclines to the ideal.  

Like it or not, we can never admit to anyone that we are doing nothing, and what we do admit of doing is always more than what is done.  To sit back and let the world move along is perhaps a luxury most of us believe is not possible, but could we be courageous enough to wait and gaze into the unknown, we might perhaps find that there is indeed something in store for us. 

Douglas Thornton


  1. I have recently purchased and read over three times, the wonderful book of poems, "The Uninitiated". I enjoy these poems that transition through life in the language of nature. These are permanent themes. There is also darkness, but like in the poems of Keats, there is "negative capability", not a seeking beyond reason. There is intensity of concentration, as opposed to intensity of language. Each idea is exhaustively developed, (but there is no straining!). I am now reading "Woodland Poems", and then I think I will read "The Uninitiated", for a fourth time. R. Cenni (

    1. Thank you for this wonderful message! I have always wanted to hear feedback on my poems and I truly appreciate you taking the time to write this! I am glad you enjoyed 'The Uninitiated' and I hope you will enjoy 'Woodland Poems' as well. If it is not too much to ask, perhaps you could put this review on Amazon; it would be an enormous help! Thanks again and please reach out if you have any further questions. Douglas Thornton


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