Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Inspiration

With gratitude to the Enchantress whose grace and silent eloquence lifted the Muse's veil this morning, setting "Inspiration" free ...


Inspiration


Wishes, Faith, Hopes, and Dreams

All lie just beyond.

Distant enough to elude my grasp,

Teasing as sunlight to Dawn.


Moving me onward, when my past says "Stop!"

Urging me ever to go.

Canceling fears, hesitations, and pause,

Ignoring the "I just don't know!"


Don't try to dissuade with logic and sense;

Offer not, reason nor fact.

I'm empowered to fly; to run; to dance.

Inspiration was all that I lacked.



John-Michael
27 February 2008

26 comments:

Vi said...

Well you definitely found some inspiration there J-M!

John-Michael said...

Yes indeed!

Is life not just TOO COOL!?

Melissa said...

Some how I seem to be lacking inspiration myself lately!! Beautiful writing!

katydidnot said...

that is my favorite one yet. to be even mentioned in the same paragraph as erma is the highest praise i could hope for. thank you. sincerely. my mom is a poet. i've thought to try on occasion, but haven't been brave enough yet. except some ex-mother-in-law haiku, which everyone though was a joke, but honestly is wasn't, it was actual pain.

John-Michael said...

What does "the Book" say ... "seek, and you will find ... knock, and it will be opened." Just stay open and receptive, and our elusive friend, Inspiration, will appear ... and if you are receptive and ready ... Oh Boy!

I am grateful for your kind words.

NAMASTE

John-Michael said...

Dear 'katydidnot', You made me feel REAL GOOD! Thank you for such a nice response to something that I am so new at. Poetry is daunting and a somewhat elusive a form for me. You encouraged me.

And, I DO understand an effort to communicate a genuine emotion ... falling on deaf (or unwilling) ears.

Classic Charm said...

I look forward to coming to read your blog now...glad I stumbled upon it...your words are inspiring...touching...beautiful.
Rose

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

You have a true gift of self expression, john-michael! This is a beautiful poem, and I am delighted to hear such a hopeful attitude!

Lizzy

John-Michael said...

My Dear Friend (for I sense us to be that) Rose ...How sweet to the senses your words are. And how grateful for the heart, from which they come, I am.

You gladden my spirit.

NAMASTE, Dear Lady

John-Michael said...

Dear Lizzy ... My many years of having feelings and awarenesses imprisoned inside (for want of a vocabulary to make them known) is what compels me to write. I truly hope that my expressions will provide language for others to make use of in their knowing of themselves ... and communicating that better part of themselves to the world that they touch.

Casdok said...

Inspiration is such a beautiful word.

John-Michael said...

A word hardly adequate to encompass all that it suggests.

Suldog said...

Thank you so very much for your wonderful words - both here and in your comment at my place. Seeing the wonderful way you have of expressing yourself, I am humbled by your praise.

John-Michael said...

I am grateful (yet again) to David McMahon for guiding me to your work. You are one gentleman who I could really enjoy hanging out with. A thorough pleasure!

Am'n2deep said...

Beautifully expressed--thank you!

John-Michael said...

My pleasure, I'm sure.

Don Mills Diva said...

That was lovely - VERY inspirational!

John-Michael said...

I am genuinely pleased that you like it.

Amy Y said...

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words...
It's nice to "meet" you :)

John-Michael said...

Amy Y, Dear One,

You in my world makes it a better place.

Please take care of You ... and your Little Blessings.

NAMASTE

OHmommy said...

The Graceful Enchantress.

I believe I have found a new nickname for my daughter. Brilliant.

The poem was beautiful. So pretty.

We read to our children every night and many times throughout the day but have not introduced them to poetry. I believe that time has come. Any recommendations for a 5 and 4 year old?

John-Michael said...

Ohhhhh ... this is the BEST! Introduction to poetry for 5 and 4. I have nothing at hand ... save the absolute BEST bookstore resource in the universe. I will place a call to them (in Kansas City) in the morning and set about this exciting adventure. Thank you for the wondrous challenge.

And thank you, as always, for your sweet and generous encouragement.

Misty Dawn said...

I love your style and I love your words. I'm so thankful to have found this blog.

John-Michael said...

Darlin' Misty Dawn,

You lift me up to a nicer place. And the view from here is lovely!

Misty Dawn said...

I had to come back and say one thing...
As someone with very low self-esteem - someone who always doubts herself... sometimes being able to "ignore the 'I just don't know!'" would be fabulous ;-)

John-Michael said...

Oh! Misty Dawn, My Darling! Such a barrier and hindrance to growth and enjoyment that bugger "I just don't know" is. I am so pleased that you found some satisfaction in my mention of it. And you will (I know) note that the only way to deal with it is to simply IGNORE IT. (There's lots of encouraging and enjoyable stuff to focus on as a distraction from life's "I just don't know"s.)

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