dVerse — Poetics — Spirits Promise

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Painting by Joseph Farquharson ‘Cauld Blaws the Wind Frae East to West’ (1888)

Mountain
spirit guides us, watching above, solid below;
her strong arms hold in warm hearth promise.
Mountain
protects us from harm, towards uncertain unknowns.
Despite wind’s cold voice chasing us; we rest,
dreamless.

Valley
spirit opens us to her green velvet;
tree nation’s welcoming swath sways in whispered hope.
Valley
tarries us with birdsong; bluebells ring shelter,
danger’s shadow fades in Gaia spirit’s assurant gleams.

Cold shadow fades; promised hearth warms us.

 

Merril is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics Tuesday. Merril says:
Since March is often very windy, and since we haven’t had an ekphrastic prompt in a while, I thought paintings of wind would make a good prompt. I’ve chosen four paintings of wind. They could all be March, but they differ in setting and style. I hope one appeals to you. Please choose one of them and write a poem using it for inspiration.

Today’s poem is in a new form created by Cendrine Marrouat, called a sepigram.

I’m also linking my poem to Paul’s Poetry Playground, as Paul is the one who called my attention to Cendrine’s new form.

I also dedicate this poem to the People of Ukraine that they may each find warm hearth in their times of trouble.

 

 

 

 

58 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna says:

    Love how you evoke the spirit of the land to protect, guide, and offer succor to the struggling family.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anna thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      1. Ain says:

        I like it very much when you dip into native mythology and religion like this, it is a unique voice that one can almost hear in the wind…

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Wonderful comment, Ain, thank you ❤

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Gaia has many faces, and she, like Jehovah, has the capacity for love and compassion. Too bad some of us cannot reciprocate.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed, Glenn.

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  3. Helen Dehner says:

    I appreciate so much how you know intuitively ‘where to go.’ A beautiful poem and another form I must try.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, what a kind and generous thing to say, thank you. It’s a challenging form but worth the effort, looking forward to seeing what you create with it.

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  4. Ron. says:

    E.N.V.I.O.U.S.!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ron.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    I like the hope you’ve injected into this image. “spirit opens us” (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, my friend, for what you see.

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  6. Rob Kistner says:

    I love the beautiful picture this paints of earth as a welcoming nurturing home, Gaia will welcome and protect.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Rob. Hoping Gaia will give us another chance.

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  7. Grace says:

    This reads as a prayer to mother nature and to all the Gods there are. May they protect and guide us always.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is, Grace. We need our mother more than ever. Thank you.

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  8. Sadje says:

    Beautiful poem Li!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you ❤ It is a prayer to our mother.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! ❤️

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  9. Dale says:

    Wonderful, Lisa! The land is there, protecting.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dale, yes!

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  10. Thank you for using my sepigram form to create such a beautiful poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are very welcome. You’ve created a beautiful form.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome. I’ve used the kindku a few times and also like that form. If you go to my link categories, choose poetry, then kindku, you can see them.

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          1. I have created several other forms, which is why I shared the link to them with you.

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    A beautiful poem, Lisa! Well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are welcome!

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  12. Li, you aced the form and I love the heartfelt prayer. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, thank you very much and I’m so glad you feel the prayer in it.

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      1. You are so welcome.

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  13. merrildsmith says:

    Like a prayer to Gaia, and I like the hope you see here. Thank you for that, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Merril.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa.

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  14. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Great painting and a wonderful promise that it holds.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max. May Gaia continue to sustain us.

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  15. Beautiful! I loved the line “tree nation’s welcoming swath sways in whispered hope.” 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Veera, thanks much. Glad you connected with it.

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  16. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous writing, Lisa! 😀 I so love; “Valley spirit opens us to her green velvet.” Sigh ❤️❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thanks so much, Sanaa!

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  17. With so many refugees on the roads, this made me think of them… so glad that nature protects them

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly what I was thinking when I wrote it, Bjorn ❤

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  18. lynn__ says:

    I also thought of the Ukrainian refugees…your take is hopeful, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lynn, I’m doing everything I can to try and stay hopeful.

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  19. Nice poem, Lisa. Looking at the painting, I just can’t help but think about these Ukrainian women walking in the freezing cold toward the Polish border, escaping from this unhinged Russian czar wannabe, carrying their babies and/or leading their older children by the hand!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      😦 I know. It haunts me.

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      1. It’s just heart-breaking. And it’s sadly why I’m watching more TV these days!

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  20. Ingrid says:

    I like how you captured the sense of exposure to the elements, but provided them with a warm hearth to return to!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ingrid, thank you, you understand where I was coming from on this.

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  21. so soothing and warm in the elements of cold Lisa!💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cindy, many thanks, I am glad you are soothed and warmed by the poem ❤

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      1. You’re soooo welcome Lisa.. yes me too! 💖

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  22. If only we listened to the earth and respected enough for guidance.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sascha, yes, it is just that simple, but we clog it with our egos and greed 😦

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much.

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