“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, August 6, 2016

I Give You This Moment

A quiet morning after rain.
The door open to the mild air.
Over the fence, the warbling
of a lone magpie, briefly, twice,
flute-like melody conjuring
his unseen form. Meanwhile
the orange trumpet creepers
suspend themselves down palings 
like bells, or clusters of fruit.





Note: Natalie Goldberg, author of wonderful books for writers, exhorts her readers: "Give me this moment!' meaning, sit down and write whatever's in front of you, whatever's going on right now. So of course I thought of her when I did so on this occasion, and that gave me my title.

#awakeaugust day 6/2

31 comments:

  1. A lovely moment. I am seeking such moments, trying to find my poetic spirit. July/August tends to be a dark season for me. Too many yesterdays crowd in.

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  2. You have created a lovely poem from your moment, Rosemary. You have shared your world with us, and what reader could wish for more! (Those mornings after rain are heavenly!)

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  3. The gift of a beautiful moment - magpie and orange creeper vine....lovely. I like Golberg's suggestion, the gift of a moment.

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  4. You make the trumpet vine move like the sound of the magpie. A wonderful suspended moment.

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  5. such a beautiful piece, love this moment of contentment...

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  6. You have captured the moment, sweetly.

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  7. flute-like melody conjuring
    his unseen form..................beautiful words

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  8. Another beautiful ode to the Golden Shower and time spent in the garden.

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  9. This is beautiful, Rosemary :D just love the image of orange trumpet creepers :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  10. Such a gentle piece, a contemplative moment

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  11. What beautiful observation in this delightful poem.

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  12. And what a wonderful moment to give - the orange drew me in and each sound, sense and feeling held me through every 'momentful' word - very good to read your work again and love the new blog design

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    1. Oh, not a new blog design, Jae – a different blog. I keep this one for my 'small stones': pieces of 'mindful writing'. This month I'm doing at least one daily as part of a group thing called Awake August, which I decided to join in.

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    2. Aha - that explains it - how special to have different jars of words in the ether - may your August be awake

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  13. You have captured the moment so well, thanks for sharing it with us :)

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  14. You captured the moment beautifully / I felt as if I were sitting right there with you...bkm

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  15. I love the carefully structured shape of this knowing piece - struck me as very mindful and somewhat oriental in its sensibility. Really enjoyed it Rosemary...

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    1. Oh, that's good to know. All those years of trying to write haiku must have paid off! Actually I think both haiku and 'same stones' require the same kind of focus on the external world.

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  16. luv this capture, thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday, i am happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love...

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  17. That first line really grabs me... the quiet after a rain. There's nothing quite like it. The silence. That wonderful smell. A sense of purity. Really enjoyed this.

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  18. Thank you for heeding Natalie Goldberg, one of my favorite authors!

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    1. Oh, mine too, for many years. One can go back to her again and again and always be inspired anew.

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  19. You've sketched a lovely moment, Rosemary and your title is exquisite. By the way, you are rocking that new photo. Love it!

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    1. Thank you! But it's a slightly older photo – different blog, you see. However I still look much like this.

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  20. flute-like melody conjuring
    his unseen form

    Very truly describes how one is very much aware of a magpie's presence - heard but not seen!

    Hank

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  21. Rosemary, i loved all these short verses that show so much imagery, and emotions. it's not really easy to do.
    i see you are participating in the #AwakeAugust campaign. i am in it too, and have not missed a day yet (touch wood!). i am posting it in another blog, and may showcase some of my favourite ones in my main blog when this is over. :)

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