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Gift of Flight

Gift of Flight

A Poem by barleygirl
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inspired by friend's photography . . .

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Whenever life starts to bog me down
blanket of ash buries my bleak town
plum losing sight of my playground
then He hands me the gift of flight.

Can’t see a forest full of burnt trees
blossoms no longer entice the bees
millions suffer deep loss from disease
still He extends a scenario so light.

When I can’t endure yet another blow
serenity seemingly a ceaseless no-show
I stumble an overlooked bliss meadow
somehow everything feels all right.

Seek tranquility despite all the noise
don’t let demons destroy my poise
sadly I can’t reach all my chosen toys
still abundance brims to delight.

Touching me through a friend’s eyes
a calm healing enclave among Thais
spirituality pulsating from the skies
I stumble on a timely gift of flight.

© 2020 barleygirl


Author's Note

barleygirl
I've written poems to Randy's photography before. It's uncanny how he sends me a load of incredible photography last evening just when I'm stuck in a rut & trying to figure out how to shake off this funk . . . the state of California welcomes our leader today so he can insult us by saying we need to rake our forests but never acknowledging the millions of dead trees from climate change & drought . . . removing them an impossibly expensive task for the vast forests that cover the western USA. I can't even get started on this or I'll go ballistic & that's why Randy's photography transported me to a very different place.

Note: Thumbnail (click to enlarge) = Randy & I walking down the aisle together at high school graduation.

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good one bgirl and the photo of a not so much younger Margie is very good, as well as the sunset in Thailand.
Don't you guys rake your forests at least once a month? I'll be up north in the Ottawa Valley next week and I'll take my leaf rake with me. (YEAH! RIGHT!)
Ontario is no stranger to forest fires ... there have been some doozies in the past ...

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thank you for being a chatterbug -- very enjoyably! Nobody smoked the prez while he was in Cali toda.. read more
Ted Kniffen

1 Week Ago

Part of the plan to make dope legal ... can't harm a prez if your standing in line at the Cheetohs s.. read more
barleygirl

6 Days Ago

Good one! *wink! wink!*



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The rhyme kept me hooked throughout the poem, and quite strangely, the three verses that rhyme reflect despair, loss, sadness and suddenly the fourth verse pulls us out of that depression into the realm of hope. Your play upon words is enticing and the meaning and the message of the poem is still conserved, or even better, enhanced. I specially have an affinity for rhyme and I'm glad that I got to read a well-written rhyme. Not an enemy of free verse, but it's always better with a little rhyme, which I see here :)

It's quite saddening seeing trees burn. I just hope the trees are better cared for in our world.

That photo's a nice click. I read through the poem to have a wild guess about where it was taken? Thailand? :p

Thanks for sharing. looking forward to read more of your work

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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Some poets tell me that rhyming is not a good sign, as if this means a rhyming poet is not as advanc.. read more
Akshay Rawal

1 Week Ago

The picture is definitely thought-provoking :) I strongly disagree with what you're told about rhymi.. read more
barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I've been at the cafe for six years & early on there seemed to be more of a trend toward free verse,.. read more
i immensely like this poem so much. very vivid and realistic

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thanks for your enthusiastic read! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
A very spiritual offering here. The Highest can make its presence known, even in the midst of devastation. Staying open to it despite the pain is the key. This is called faith. Very moving words and beautiful photography.

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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

You hit the jackpot -- "staying open to it"!!!! This is the lifelong struggle & I find it helpful to.. read more
When we most need it is when someone comes along to give us the wings we need to fly above the trials that bring us down. Funny that...

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

You can say it so beautifully! I'm envious that your review is more lyrical than my poem by a longsh.. read more
:)
I generally try to avoid sticking my nonsensical nose into your beautiful world... But I started to just feel like a gawker. Forgive the intrusion and inevitable resultant insanity.
I know, in my heart that 100 years from now, someone will read this (and so many others you've written)
and have NO TROUBLE understanding your intent. And feeling your heart through your words. I truly do envy that.
The skill in which it's done is a matter for another day. I simply don't have the energy to express my enthusiasm right now.
I'll say this much: wildfires are an amazing, beautiful, heart wrenching, destructive, potentially fatal occurrence.
Fitting for your writing style.
*BIGGER HUGS!!!!!!*


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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

It's funny you should mention the 100-year idea becuz I think of my poems as farts that only pertain.. read more
With all that chaotic burning all around and its most unpleasant fallout, you still can appreciate the serene beauty in a faraway place. I need this kind positivity, my friend. This ability to be able to appreciate a lovely picture shared or a loving hand extended in comfort, even if virtual. Hopefully, I'll master this unique ability someday. Meanwhile, keep sharing and stay safe dear Margie.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I have had many decades to get good at this & especially these last 10 years in the wilderness. With.. read more
good one bgirl and the photo of a not so much younger Margie is very good, as well as the sunset in Thailand.
Don't you guys rake your forests at least once a month? I'll be up north in the Ottawa Valley next week and I'll take my leaf rake with me. (YEAH! RIGHT!)
Ontario is no stranger to forest fires ... there have been some doozies in the past ...

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thank you for being a chatterbug -- very enjoyably! Nobody smoked the prez while he was in Cali toda.. read more
Ted Kniffen

1 Week Ago

Part of the plan to make dope legal ... can't harm a prez if your standing in line at the Cheetohs s.. read more
barleygirl

6 Days Ago

Good one! *wink! wink!*
An uplifting eulogy to the way this photograph and your friend's photography has such a positive effect on you Margie. You capture your current, worrying situation and play over it with hope even if the voice feels weary.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Most days I can hit the positive track on the first beat, but other days it takes me a few tries! *w.. read more
Your friend is a fantastic photographer for sure. When times are tough, photos like this allow us to escape to a better place. Your poem sounds very spiritual to me and filled with hope....so uplifting. I enjoyed it, Margie. Lydi**

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thanks for your warm words of appreciation! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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