~ Another phrase Finds me out . Just a few Words are enough . For thought To be inspired . And my spirit Drinks deep . From the waters Of life . That never Run dry. ~ Inspired by Psalm 1 which you can read here ~
God calls Through the earth And every blade of grass Proclaims God's creative glory Inspired by Thomas Merton - “When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when … Continue reading Creative Glory
I woke to the light And to a voice that said “Do not be afraid You are not dead After all…” Was it an angel? I do not know But the call to a fearless life Inspired me so. Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay
. Nothing between the trees and the far star . So open to the forces of the universe . And I share Their vulnerability. . Van Gogh, 'The Starry Night'
~ Male And female . Persons Gendered by nature . Destined for A glorious present . And an eternal Destiny. . Leonardo da Vinci, 'Vitruvian Man'
~ One father curses another blesses ~ While onlookers stare and the bishop turns away ~ And finally What is this all about? ~ Even heaven And earth. ~ In this dramatic painting by Giotto, Francis has taken off all his clothes and is appealing to God. His earthly father (on the left), who demanded … Continue reading Inspiring Paintings: Leaving and Finding a Father
The painter Caspar David Friedrich was born 5th September 1774 ~ How like a tree The spires branch to heaven ~ And hope once misty Indistinct ~ Descends To the crippled soul ~ In meaning clear And wonderful. ~ 'Winter Landscape' by Caspar David Friedrich
~ In this poem, nature is blurring the boundaries between the man made and the eternal: "...the green tideOf grass creeping perpetually nearerThis last outpost of time past." Hardly anything happens in this village in Wales: "the black dogCracking his fleas in the hot sunIs history" But the human dimension brings about a change of … Continue reading Inspiring Poems – “A world … vast and meaningful…”
“Love bade me welcomeBut my soul drew back...” So begins one of George Herbert’s great poems, called “Love (III)”. Although Herbert is not very well known as a poet, he writes with a powerful simplicity. He understands love, suffering and inner struggles. Many of his lines have inspired me. This is how his poem "The … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (9) – Celebrating George Herbert
There is something about the simplicity of this poem that has always appealed to me... I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind... And despite the … Continue reading Inspiring Poems: “Lines Written in Early Spring”