There Is Always A Choice

There Is Always A Choice

A Poem by Poppy Ruth Silver
"

The woods are a place of mystery and sometimes give you visions from other worlds...

"



Today is all you have

said Pan as he bent to pick flowers

from patchouli scented earth

 

His tall, abnormal presence 

stooped in awkward posture

focused on nature’s treasures

 

It is true

the centre of the woods

have always held mystery

 

Yet never had I thought it possible

to meet such an entity

in daylight glow

 

A god of the wild, no less

with legs and horns

of a goat

 

It isn't every day

you meet a satyr 

adorned with moss

 

Somehow 

I had entered another realm

of perception

 

Today is all you have

he repeated in a gruff voice

daffodils held to his chest

 

I knew then as I had for a long time

that life had tilted the scales

rose petals had fallen on silent ground

 

Yet without darkness

how does one befriend

subtle warmth of light

 

If this day is all I have

may the clouds slow their pace

let the heavens illuminate

 

Let flaws be small mercies

in order to evolve

in this strange, unknown world

 

Allow me to inhale

the sweet fragrance of the flowers

you so gracefully pluck 


It isn't every day

you meet a satyr 

with wise words to bestow

 

Let me be as the gentle rose

balanced with both heart and thorns

in life’s surreal ebb and flow


Perception will alter or falter

only the self can choose

whether to wilt or grow





© 2016 PoppySilver


© 2016 Poppy Ruth Silver



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dan
This piece has a very beautiful but surreal feeling to it. Pan's words of wisdom, "Today is all you have," are so true. We may plan for the future but each day must be lived in the present. Tomorrow is the next today. A James Dean quote from one of his movies: "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." Todays are entities that demand our attention, watching our step as we pick the pretty flowers.
Wonderful piece, Poppy. take care...dan

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Poppy Ruth Silver

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Thank you Dan, always a pleasure to hear your thoughts :)



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Lovely. The last stanza carries the story.


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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Thank you very much Jon :)
extremely gentle optimism in the final two stanzas...made me feel slightly better on the inside

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Thank you Cascara :)
it isn't every day you meet a poet with wise words to bestow... its been exactly 5 years Poppy, almost approximately. i joined writerscafe in april of 2011. I've been enjoying your poetic nature since then even when i haven't necessarily been around. this is one i am particularly in need of right now. it is so right... so thanks.....

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Thank you...that means a lot...much appreciated :)
A lot of truth in these lines. Deep thoughts for someone so young. Valentine

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Many thanks Valentine :)
I agree with the logic of the tale dear Poet.
"Let me be as the gentle rose
balanced with both heart and thorns
in life’s surreal ebb and flow"
The Gods of old. Lived long and learn great wisdom. Would be wise to pay attention to them. Thank you for sharing the excellent poetry.
Coyote

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Thank you dear heart :)
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are welcome my friend.
There are sighs within every passage, deep, wild sighs of enchanted glory. Your eyes have beheld the magic places, it seems; those places few truly find in this world of metal and stone. The places where gods hide in this everlasting wildness of life. xo

"In a dream I saw Jesus and My God Pan sitting together in the heart of the forest. They laughed at each other's speech, with the brook that ran near them" - Khalil Gibran


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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Echoes of Eros...thank you very much, blessings :)
I absolutely love this poem. The way you described the rose was absolutely flawless :D Great job

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Thank you very much cherryblossom :)
cherryblossom

1 Year Ago

welcome :)
I love this poem & I felt like I was THERE all thru this little tale of discovery. What I most enjoy are the surprising observations you make (not the same old boringly perfect stuff): "patchouli scented earth" . . . "stooped in awkward posture" . . . and a favorite: "Let flaws be small mercies" . . . not to mention your use & description of "satyr" . . . your originality is always on full blast.

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

barleygirl, thank you so much...always lovely to hear your thoughts :)
I loved this!!
Keep up the great work!!

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

Thank you Emily :)
This was an absolute delight, with an easy flow and thought-provoking language. "If this is day is all I have" I hope I spend it like that.

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Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Year Ago

James, I really appreciate your kind words, thank you :)

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Merry Meet all, welcome to my page. I write mainly poetry but I also write stream of thought prose. I also create spoken word poetry and have a couple of novels on the go (dust covered albeit;) My .. more..

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