Friday, May 9, 2014

A Quiet Walk

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
~Baba Ram Das

This poem could almost go in the Directory of Imaginary Poems, as it is about a place that doesn't really exist. It's a place that you can go when you are meditating, or a place that you can dream when you are stuck somewhere, waiting.

A Quiet Walk
by Tabatha Yeatts

The blades of grass lean upon each other
The blossoms breathe their own scent
The gravel holds no trace of footprints
The lake water lolls across its bed
The bird thinks about preening
The leaf sleeps on its branch
The sun's rays float in the air
The bell has grown still


Jama has the Poetry Friday round-up today at Jama's Alphabet Soup.


Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

So lovely, Tabatha. I crave such a space-time continuum. Especially loved the blades of grass leaning on one another and the sun's rays floating.

Linda B said...

You're right about the imaginary places. I can travel anywhere in this quiet place. I also love those blades of grass leaning, Tabatha. Thank you!

Tara said...

I love the peaceful stillness in this, Tabatha.

jama said...

Thanks so much for this exquisite moment of calm, peace and quiet! Beautiful images.

Karin Fisher-Golton said...

Your poem is a lovely, peaceful place to be. I love the shape of it--the way it gets smaller is like going inward.

Keri said...

I want to memorize your poem as a way to relax before sleep or countdown in meditation. (I say that like I actually sit and meditate . . . I will . . . someday.) Love it!

Margaret Simon said...

The bird thinks about preening...I can see this bird, head tilting like they do, looking curious, and yet confident in his plumage. He quickly lifts his wing and takes a quick peck under, head bobs back up before you could blink. He's back to looking and holding his beak high.

Violet N. said...

"The lake water lolls across its bed..."

What a perfect whisper of sound in this serene scene. Beautiful!

Doraine said...

This is beautiful, Tabatha. Such fresh, clear images. I love the stillness in each phrase.

Mary Lee said...

Your poem is a series of controlled breaths. Calming.

GatheringBooks said...

I will think about this poem of yours Tabatha, the next time I do my meditation. Soothing, this silence.

Anonymous said...

So lovely and much peace with in it.

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Carol Varsalona said...

Thanks to your post today at PF I got to read this wonderful poem. Thanks, Tabatha.