Tag: thought

Inspiring Poems: “Wisdom and Spirit of the universe”

” WISDOM and Spirit of the universe!
Thou Soul, that art the Eternity of thought!
And giv’st to forms and images a breath
And everlasting motion! not in vain,
By day or star-light, thus from my first dawn
Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me
The passions that build up our human soul;
Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man;
But with high objects, with enduring things,
With life and nature; purifying thus
The elements of feeling and of thought,
And sanctifying by such discipline
Both pain and fear,–until we recognise
A grandeur in the beatings of the heart. “

by William Wordsworth (from “The Prelude”)

They have already lived and died

They have already lived and died

               who made our past

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Or else they’re lost

               in mist through which we cannot peer

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I search for them

               I read their ways

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Reclining here

               turning the pages of a book

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I look for the life

               and the thoughts that shook

                              their souls to their foundations

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Their voices reach me

               convert my ways

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And suddenly I’m changed

               by all they thought and did

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All stored up, now

               stored and ready

                              waiting to be released.

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This comes from “First Words”, a published collection that explores questions about life, about time and relationships, youth and age, scepticism and belief, questions and faith.  They are the poems of a searching spirituality, moving from uncertainty towards maturity, and contain some of the earliest poems that I wrote that I wished to preserve.

“First Words” is available to purchase for £5 (GBP). I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale. If you would like to purchase a copy, please follow this link

My Spirit Drinks Deep

Another phrase

Finds me out

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Just a few

Words are enough

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For thought

To be inspired

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And my spirit

Drinks deep

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From the waters

Of life

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That never

Run dry.

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Inspired by Psalm 1, this poem comes from “Songs of Gladness, Songs of Pain”,  a modern rendering of twenty-nine different Psalms, ancient texts that speak of human struggle to understand and relate to God.

Like the Psalms, these poems seek to understand evil and violence in the world, searching for peace and meaning, searching for joy and gladness in the midst of pain.

I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale.

If you would like to purchase, please follow this link