GreenishLady

Originally Blogging the Artist's Way. Thoughts, musings, experience of the 12-week course, January to March 2006. And after that?.... Life, creativity, writing. Where does it all meet? Here, perhaps.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Six Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

September, and the promise of routine. Days in my own home. A sunday morning with my laptop (which is functioning, just at the moment, reasonably well!), and a prompt from Inner Artist, a lovely blogger, new to me, to dig out one of my own poems. Jo uses a line from Rumi as a quote on her blog - a line that caught my heart and prompted a poem quite a few years ago. The Rumi line, known to many of you, perhaps, is:

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground....

My poem....


Six Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

Stand stock-still, watch a red admiral sail
beyond your garden and your neighbours.
....
Place your palm on the warm bark of a maple,
pat it, pet if. If you're brave, put your face
against the smooth grain of it; wrap your arms
tight around the trunk. Hug.
...
Brush your nose in the shampooed silk
of a three-year-old's storytime head.
...
Breathe air flowing in from the sea.
...
Breathe air flowing down from the mountain.
...
Lie on summer grass; roll over;
feel the blades on your cheek;
place your lips on the earth;
kiss


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14 Comments:

At 6/9/09 1:38 pm, Blogger Aisling said...

Your poem is really beautiful.

 
At 6/9/09 3:32 pm, Blogger Deirdre said...

I LOVE your poem. It makes me breathe deeply and smile at the day.

 
At 7/9/09 7:36 pm, Blogger Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Beautiful poem! Glad to see you!

 
At 7/9/09 10:29 pm, Blogger Marge said...

Thanks for posting your poem. It's beautiful! I'm glad you're back.....missed you!

 
At 8/9/09 1:51 pm, Anonymous angi said...

beautiful! i just adore your take on rumi's rumination.

 
At 9/9/09 9:15 pm, Blogger Karen said...

Wow...this is just beautiful, Imelda.

 
At 10/9/09 9:55 pm, Blogger Amber said...

Ahhh yes. You are back. And you bring your beautiful Irish poet heart and words with you.

:)

 
At 14/9/09 3:43 am, Blogger Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Wonderful play as response to Rumi's poem, which is one of my personal favorites of his.

Hope you are well. Haven't been blog walking much, but here I am today. I still enjoy my poetry book you sent some years back.

 
At 2/10/09 8:16 pm, OpenID rickshawdiaries said...

This is just beautiful - and that is one of my favorite Rumi quotes.

The image of hugging the tree reminded me of a friend who does just that - she inspires me with her wide loving embrace of the world - as do you.

Warmly,
Baraka

 
At 2/10/09 9:07 pm, Blogger Cait O'Connor said...

Fabulous poem. Many thanks for sharing. Sorry I have been out of the loop for a while, been too busy to read blogs. I will be a regular visitor again now.

 
At 2/10/09 11:19 pm, Blogger 2bme said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, I read your profile and I smiled. My mom is a sagitarius and many of my loved one including my husband is a Sagitarius. We like some of the writers.
So strange I was just in Ireland from Sept.24 thru Sept 29. I was in Inishbofin for my friends wedding. I had a wonderful time. It was very freeing.
Thank you for your poem.

 
At 3/10/09 6:36 pm, Blogger 2bme said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Gosh that poem is beautiful, warm. I read your profile and its funny, you are a Sagittarius like my mom and husband. We also share many interest.
Then I noticed you are from Ireland. I was just there this past weekend for 4 days for my best friends wedding. She lives in Inishbofin. I love Ireland and its people. It was a wonderful time

 
At 8/10/09 8:52 pm, Blogger Amber said...

Oh, beautiful!

:)

 
At 4/5/10 11:05 pm, Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

This made my heart smile, welcome back sweet lady. HUG

 

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