08 April 2015

On the Journey

Blossoms, fruits, and leaves of the apple tree.



She met a tree who called her name and let
her climb for vision and sour apples.

She met a mixed-breed pup whose loyalty
and love knew no bounds in life or in death.

She met a rock that stubbed her toe without
moving from her path, without eroding.

She met a stranger who held her hand through
pain and sadness without knowing her name.

She met a man who created beauty
in sand drawings he let wind blow away.

She met a woman who increased goodness
by finding three causes for hope each day.

She met herself in a gasp of surprise
and laughter among the lines of her songs.



For my prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Enlightenment

And for the #8 April Poetry 2015.

Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast



23 comments:

Old Egg said...

This reminded me of Robert Frost's "The road not taken". However I think you outdid him as yours has such beautiful inspirational images.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Agreed with Old Egg, its a very inspirational poem.. love the imagery depicted here. The poem invoked sentiments inside me which i m unable to describe.. its a beautiful feeling.
xoxo

Kerry O'Connor said...

This has the feel of a ghazal about it. I like the repetitions and the thoughts that gather upon reflection of the meaning of each and all our meetings.

Vandana Sharma said...

Such beautiful, sweet and sour experiences we have during this life's journey and we learn something new every time.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my goodness, my new favorite of yours, my friend. I love these instances described, especially the narrator meeting herself amongst her words. This is rich with examples of evolved souls, including yours. Smiles. I like Kerry's observation that it has the makings of a ghazal. I really like the woman who thinks of three reasons for hope each day .

Unknown said...

A song of love life and learning. It reminded me of the song "By My Side" from Godspell

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Susan,

Your poem reminds me too of words from a song; back 'in the day,' when songs carried a sincere message eg Janis Ian and Seventeen...
Enlightenment seems to be short in too many areas of life, especially public office these days!!
A great prompt with endless possibilities,
Eileen

Myrna R. said...

This is so soothing and comforting. It speaks of life's beauty, of the compassion innate to people, of the joy it is to be in this world. Thank you for this Susan!

Wolfsrosebud said...

nice progression in this... we all need to find ourselves

Debi Swim said...

This woman is aware of the life before her. She sees... I love this poem

humbird said...

I like to think the woman's best meeting/surprize was with herself and how she re-evaluated the other meetings thru life...~ Love the line 'She met a tree who called her name' - made me stop and ponder of many meanings here....maybe she was needed to pay attention...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

This is lovely, Susan! A rich journey.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I am grinning so hard right now that my face hurts. The first line made squeal (at 11:05 pm) and the rest just added to my joy. I want to dance "to the lines of her song". !

grapeling said...

patience, even with rocks - you crafted this with care and skill, Susan ~

Sumana Roy said...

It's good that from childhood she could read the letters of wisdom written on the pathway of her life. Her vision is clear, she has found herself and I like to believe she is an enlightened soul capable of inspiring others...a beautiful poem Susan...

Gen Giggles said...

It can be astounding to find ourselves. Well written.

Anonymous said...

I love the profound simplicity of this poem, leading to the most important meeting of all.

Jae Rose said...

It's amazing what you can find (or who) 'out there'...finding three good reasons for hope each day is a really good practice...almost alters your perception of what otherwise might be considered a bad day

Poppy said...

''She met a stranger who held her hand through
pain and sadness without knowing her name.''

Many times, in my own life, I have been blessed to have had the kindness of strangers, assist me in unexpected situations. Haven't we all? And haven't we all, ( as I would like to believe), done the same for others?

A sweet song, Susan, with happy harmonies of strangers helping strangers, which always makes for a merry tune in life's many ditties.

Poppy

Panchali said...

Astounding!! Wonderful poem with such a significant message, Susan. It's amazing, what actually one finds after soul searching!! Love this...!!

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

totally enlightened..Dear Doctor what a wonderful poetic cure

rallentanda said...

A beautiful poem filled with compassion and hope.

Unknown said...

because every encounter is sacred...