my poem for love neither rhymes nor idolizes, for my love is filled with jagged edges and hasty judgments. sometimes the judgments were on the mark and sometimes they led to heartache. the early love was sweet and pure, but also clingy and desperate. trial and error led to gathered friendships and effort wasted on fruitless encounters. advancing years brought wiser decisions and a deeper connection that was able to blossom. love for children built ecstasy and depth, but also fear and worry, the constant companions.
my poem for love neither fantasizes nor gushes, for my love is filled with realistic moments and dashed expectations. sometimes the expectations were unrealistic, yes, most times they were, that is true. when the expectations were put to the side and fantasy left for the writers, the moments of deep connection have been sweet and fulfilling.
my poem for love brings music and rhythm, for my love is filled with moments of unplanned dancing and laughter. sometimes the laughter is simply a release and sometimes it is heartfelt and pure. these are the moments that rush by and yet, they are the ones to remember.
my poem for love continues its journey. it neither rhymes nor gushes rather, it follows its meandering and flowing way.
These truthful words about creation of spiritual connection come from a translation of the poem “Where” by Yehuda HaLevi. Yehuda HaLevi, a philosopher, physician, and poet wrote these words over 900 years ago, and they are as applicable today as they were then. When such beautiful and meaningful words are sung to equally beautiful and moving music, they can help in the ascension towards spiritual connection.
The attached picture is from a performance of the song by Diane Kaplan and her group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlh-R9V8Mqk. I listen to its words (which are in Hebrew), close my eyes, sway, and let myself connect. Sometimes I dance the words and sometimes I simply breathe deeply while listening. They rarely fail to lift me and bring me closer to Spirit. Here is the translation on Diane’s CD “Like an Olive Tree”:
I reached out for you,
With all my heart I called for you.
And as I went out towards you,
I found you coming towards me.
God, where will I find you?
Your place is hidden high above.
And where won’t I find you?
Your honor fills the world.
Spiritual connection is available to everyone; all that is required is desire to connect. The path towards spiritual connection can be personal or through group worship. The connection can be created with the help of sacred music or with contemplative walks in nature. Each person can find a path that works. Following someone else’s path can sometimes bring connection, but the best way to connect spiritually is to breathe deeply and feel what works best for you.
Each of us has a soul that was endowed when we were born. This soul of ours knows our true self and our abilities and gifts. Somehow, life takes us away from the soulful connection, and to regain it takes dedicated effort.
In the book Faith–A Wisdom Poem Sharing Spiritual Connection, we are guided to reconnect with Spirit through reconnection with our souls. The reconnection takes focus and awareness. Here is an excerpt from Faith about reconnecting with the soul:
Faith–A Wisdom Poem Sharing Spiritual Connection provides a path to soul reconnection and connection with Spirit. It is available here:
When I received this poem two years ago, I saw it as a universal poem with meaning for everyone, and partially for me. I received the words, agreed with their message, published the book, and forgot the poem. Recently I’ve been rereading Unfolding—A Collection of Wisdom Poetry, and this poem jumps out at me as the one that has the most relevance to me at this time.
I’m about to publish a book about aging well, and one of the most important goals is to be focused on the aspects of living that bring satisfaction and growth. But to do this requires letting go of the things that hold hostage.
I am held hostage by my expectations of others and of myself, by old memories that criticize, by wasted time spent on unimportant pursuits, by holding myself back from flying with Energy Guidance, and by procrastinating. The simple message “Do it!” tells me to not only let go, but to move ahead and do the things that will bring me growth and satisfaction.
I’m going to photocopy this poem and paste it on my wall 🙂
The relationship between a father and his son is fluid. So many factors affect their interactions. Here is a poem I received about this fluid and important relationship. “Fathers and Sons” is published in the book of poetry, Unfolding.
The winter rains are watering the weeds, and they are growing and growing. Each year at this time, I sigh and think about all the weeding I will be doing in February and March and even April. The weeds have always discouraged people, including me.
In my latest soon-to-be-published book of poetry, Growth, I received a poem about the weeds. Since reading this poem, I have started to approach weeds differently. This year, I’m still going to weed the wild grass and the prickly growth, but I’m going to leave the ones that are actually pretty. I now see weeds with new eyes.
I recently returned from a reunion for my husband’s youth group class. Many years have passed since these people were together, but the years fell away and the friendships were rekindled. The reunion reminds me of the following poem from the book Unfolding—A Collection of Wisdom Poetry:
Where Friendship Blooms
We walked in the park
My friends and I
We talked of past joys
And we talked of old fears.
We walked in the park
Slower than before
Youthful expectation fulfilled
Again, close connections rekindled.
Laughter and sadness and
Triumphs and defeats.
Together at times, but
Separate most often.
Youth offers opportunities
To acquire friends and more friends.
Time and experiences
Test the strength of the ties.
Ties that bind and support
Through the years fray or thicken.
The ties that continue
Give comfort, health, and joy.
Thinking of others
Caring for the environment
Noticing the lives of animals
Living life with creativity and acceptance
Loving life for its surprises
Marveling at life’s challenges
Cherishing life’s gifts and special moments
Accepting life cycles
Seeing life with self-loving eyes