Poetics: Holy Places – Within


In an irreverent world

It is not easy to find

A place of solace that calms your heart.

There are shrines that beckon

Places the righteous suggest

You should visit and feel the love of God.

But they are empty in my mind’s eye,

Rather the holiest of places

Exist within me.

When I sit in nature, in the early morning

The sun waking me to its nourishing warmth

And around me beauty flourishes

Birds and animals doing what they do

Uninhibited by what society may say

Infusing me with gentleness and vigour.

Its there I taste the holiest of places

Leaving me content, a little more centred.


Written for: https://dversepoets.com/2018/04/03/poetics-holy-places/

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22 Responses to Poetics: Holy Places – Within

  1. These are the kind of places that are often said too ‘bring us closer to God’. I don’t see that. If you need to be surrounded by nature to find God, there’s something not quite right about the concept. Lovely pastoral poem.

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Jane, I think the concept of God is something within us, often sitting in nature helps to bring about inner peace.

      • It certainly does. Whether God plays any part in the process is a moot point though 🙂

      • Michael says:

        True, sometimes its clinging to the last vestiges of how one was brought up. But as I’ve aged I’ve experienced that inner calm in places I’ve enjoyed being. I’ve never been sure its something divine or just an inner calm.

      • My mother got more spiritual as she got older, not that she ever lived to get old, but my dad never did. He tried, but it just wasn’t there. He was a poet instead 🙂

  2. I think that I can find peace in a place like that… maybe that’s what’s holy… but I think we all find ourselves a bit more centered.

  3. “Exist within me”
    I don’t think it is an accident to find God most when we are in quiet spaces, surrounded by a world oblivious to society’s whims. I believe God wants nothing more than for us, individually, to realize and live in the God who “exists within me.” Thank you for your poem, Michael.

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    That’s a good description of a holy place–where one feels centered.

  5. Lyn says:

    If I had that view, I don’t think I’d ever want to go anywhere else. Glorious!

  6. Jo Aylard says:

    I love the contrast of ‘infusing me with gentleness and vigour.”

  7. lynn__ says:

    I believe this is my Father’s world and meant to center us when we live in harmony with it 🙂

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  9. rothpoetry says:

    Beautifully done. I agree the holy place within is the connection to God that I seek. There is too much baggage with the sacred shrines to feel authentic.

  10. Mish says:

    I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

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