Monday, September 10, 2012

The coming days

Gull Lake@ Everyday Amazing 


and now it has come to this:    
faltering days and sharper evening air

leaves will surely fall in coming weeks 
not of bitter parting but of acceptance and grace

softly embracing the soil, the womb,
its humble journey, back to where life first pulsed

this is a season of beginnings
not of harvest, but of seeding and planting our feet

new job, new chapter of the book,
another milestone to be reached, all await our hands

to knife with precise strokes,   our words
to modulate with fervour and might,  our voice

not to mellow in shadows but to be calmer in storms,
not to shrivel with fear but to be more open to change, 

not to coast along the tide but to steer with renewed energy     
towards the night that burns our chest

never forgetting the voice inside,  vibrant and strong, growing  


Posted for OpenLinkNight of Real Toads (Monday) and D'verse Poets Pub (Tuesday)

My thanks to D'verse Poets Community for making this possible:   
Urban Dreams, Nain Rouge, Sept 2012 Issue, page 21. This is my first humble offering, so you can imagine what this means to me:   Yes, I am dreaming, smiles.

44 comments:

  1. To be calmer in storms you say, be nice if all thought that way. Less crap would surely flow and I like the days coming until it starts to snow.

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  2. This poetry belongs on the shelf marked "Sublime".

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  3. This is a very fresh approach to the coming season you dont often see someone look at it from the perspective of a start, but it is the start of some things. I love the approaching months, mostly becasue it will start to cool off here by the second week in october...its like a release. Great work Grace...

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  4. woohoo....smiles...i am so excited that you made the first issue...keep dreaming because i imagine the only thing that could hold you back is you....smiles...vibrant strong and growing....

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    1. Thank you for all the support Brian ~ This is very memorable to me ~

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  5. Congrats on the posting of your poem at Urban Dreams - I am happy that you are happy. This poem expresses so well the hopes of many of us A line Thai is special to me is "not to coast along the tide" but this poem has many special lines of hope and moving forward.

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  6. I'm sorry - I see that it's your poem "Urban Dreams" and the publication is Nain Rouge. My compliments and well wishes stand though.

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    1. Thank you Ellecee ~ I appreciate your visits ~

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  7. I usually associate new beginnings with spring, but I love your fresh outlook. This really speaks to me:

    not to mellow in shadows but to be calmer in storms,
    not to shrivel with fear but to be more open to change

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  8. Lovely poem ... I could visualize your words so well !!!

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  9. Many gentle lessons here.
    Nature teaches so well if we'll pay attention.
    Well done

    Rick

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  10. excellent job on Nain Rouge!!

    This one is pretty darn good too. :)

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  11. Fall always seems a fresh new season to me as well--so many beginnings in the fall. I like the feel of this--a peaceful and going forward feel.

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  12. Beautiful...I love fall and your description has it as a beginning instead of an end. Every season has a purpose and a glory and you have so aptly described Fall's.

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  13. Very powerful message. I especially felt inspired by " not to mellow in shadows but to be calmer in storms,/not to shrivel with fear but to be more open to change.

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  14. So lovely, I can't begin to pick a favourite stanza or line. Beautifully done, Grace.
    K

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  15. This is beautiful. I feel the same way about fall--the crisp air, the vibrant colors are so invigorating. In many traditions, this is a time of contemplation and preparation for the new year--"with renewed energy towards the night that burns our chest."
    Congratulations on making the first issue!

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  16. not to shrivel with fear but to be more open to change.

    Lovely. Now I'm off to see your "published" poem. Congrats!

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  17. Your link didn't work, but I used Susan's link on her post.

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  18. i like that you see autumn as a "season of beginnings" ~ this is a lovely work, Grace.

    congratulations on your publication in Nain Rouge!



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  19. "hands . . . words . . . voice"--I am inspired and about to start on another chapter. Bless you for this poem.

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  20. This is wonderful. We all hope for change for the better.

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  21. so fresh and forward flowing ~ taking the challenges and transforming ~ many warm congrats Grace on your publication in the first issue of Nain, the first of many for them and for you ~ hugs Lib x x

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  22. So encouraging....strong, yet sweet in its urge to be better and keep moving on. Congratulations for being included in the first issue of Nain Rouge, Grace, I really enjoyed the entire offering...very entertaining..and fun.

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  23. Wooo hooo...congratulations on being published :)
    This is beautiful Grace, so filled with sights and feel of autumn.

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  24. Grace, your poetry is ever beautiful, congratulations with publishing :)

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  25. You always make my heart turn softly--lovely write Grace--and echoing everyone else, congratulations!

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  26. Congrats Grace on your publication in Nain Rouge. No one more worthy! The poem shows your own spirit - calm, subtle, strong, persevering. A beautiful expression of your poetry!

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  27. This is beautiful....AND inspiring....especially your closing lines. Lovely writing.

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  28. Certainly no coasting in this poem! Full steam ahead... :)

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  29. I like how this begins with mellow notes and finishes with renewed energy and strength. A beautiful piece--and congratulations!

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  30. It's a beginning of another chapter. There are lots of revitalizing to go again! A review for the majority and something new to some! Nicely Grace!

    Hank

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  31. Congrats congrats on Nain Rouge - also thanks for the lovely take on fall. It is very lovely to think of it as a renewal. k.

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    1. I love this part, Grace:

      "all await our hands
      to knife with precise strokes, our words"

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  32. " and now it has come to this:
    faltering days and sharper evening air

    leaves will surely fall in coming weeks "

    Lovely!

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  33. I like the way you tied fall and the seasons to writing. Very nice, Grace.

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  34. This really gathers power toward the end, Heaven...so disorienting, change, yet also, a source of renewal. Enjoyed it much.

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  35. Fabulous display of strength and warmth...superb piece, great to read you again :)

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  36. Grace, I love how you phrased the leaf drop--acceptance and grace; returning to the womb--so perfect! The meter so peaceful. I really enjoyed this.

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  37. I love this poem. Every line is beautiful, My favorite lines are these:

    not to coast along the tide but to steer with renewed energy
    towards the night that burns our chest

    never forgetting the voice inside, vibrant and strong, growing

    Keep on writing, Grace! You have a special gift. :-)

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