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/
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.
Yes I think so too.
“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.
Thank you for getting me thinking this morning.
That’s a good description of a holy place–where one feels centered.
Thanks Frank, I thought we chose similar pathways with this one.
If I had that view, I don’t think I’d ever want to go anywhere else. Glorious!
I love the contrast of ‘infusing me with gentleness and vigour.”
Thanks so much Jo.
I believe this is my Father’s world and meant to center us when we live in harmony with it 🙂
Yes certainly, the issue is discovering the harmony.
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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.
Thanks so much Dwight I appreciate your commenting.
I couldn’t agree more. 🙂