Friday, November 8, 2013

Running with me

Written for:

The Write Tribe
Pick one of the provided quotes from Ernest Hemingway and write on that quote. The quote I've chosen is:
You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another ~ from The Sun Also Rises

Poetry Jam:
Write about what you know for sure, what you don't know for sure, what you wish you knew for sure and use one of the provided quotes to write a poem. The quote I've chosen is:
If we cannot name our own, we are cut off at the root, our hold on our lives as fragile as seed in a wind

The body becomes the landscape


creation of Carl Warner

I can't get away from myself by moving from one place to another
My load I carry everywhere, that much I know
No matter where I run it's never going to be further
For with me I travel wherever I go

I don't know what you look like or from whence you came
But without you I would be lost, that much I know
What would my life be if your guidance you refrain
My life would be more ebb and less of the flow

Wherever I travel, I blend in with the landscape
For earth is my present home, that much I know
My travels with you, my soul, my life does reshape
And through my adventures you learn and you grow

I wish I knew the reason for this life's quest
But you know all lifetimes, that much I know
And each step that I take is a cause and effect
And of journeys you planned a long time ago.
~x~

This was a real challenge trying to combine all three prompts, but that I wanted to combine them was something I knew I needed to do - challenge myself a bit. I hope I managed to make some sense of what I wrote.

Linking to:
Poetry Pantry #175
dVerse Open Link Night #122


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64 comments:

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    1. True Vandana. The soul's quest is eternal and never ending, each life adding on to the previous.

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  2. it is an interesting relationship with the spirit...not knowing what they look like, but talking to them...knowing they know it all works out but being able to rectify their knowing against what happens to you.....

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    1. It is a fascinating relationship Brian. The balance between mind (my physical self) and heart (my spiritual self) is a tricky one.

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  3. I loved the third stanza. Three Prompts in a single poem! *admiration*

    Thankyou for visiting my blog and for the kind comment. :)

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    1. Thanks Rahmath - lucky all 3 prompts flowed together. Was my pleasure to visit your blog.

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  4. I enjoyed this, Suzy. You have the best 'Traveling Companion' possible. Everyone has their own unique journey and an individual quest!

    (Always good to see you in Poetry Jam!)

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    1. Thanks Mary. True each has their own life journey to follow and each life one lives is unique as well. Enjoying participating at Poetry Jam. Loved the prompt though when I first read it, it seemed quite daunting.

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  5. The reference to self as constant companion inspires reflection. Nicely done, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Kim. I've always thought of me as the whole of my physical self and my spiritual self. My spiritual self and my physical self need to work together and when both move in harmony then life flows smoothly.

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  6. It is a blessing to know and feel the presence of Self in our life's journey.....a beautiful reflection....

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    1. Thanks Sumana. I think of the relationship of my physical and spiritual self like the clothes we wear delights our physical self. In the same way the journeys our physical self experiences, delights our spiritual self.

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  7. A beautiful and interesting one. Enjoyed reading it

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    1. Thanks Jyotsna. Glad you liked it and thanks for visiting.

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  8. This is written so beautifully. Loved it, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Sherry. Glad you liked it.

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  9. Nice... I especially like the beginning line.

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    1. Thanks Laurie - now that was a line that was provided as a prompt so not mine.

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  10. beautiful suzy. loved every bit of your lovely creation!

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    1. Thanks Ruchira. Glad you liked it.

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  11. You did well combining all three prompts. So many truths in your poem!

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    1. Thanks Mary Ann. Glad you thought I combined them well.

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  12. "No matter where I run it's never going to be further
    For with me I travel wherever I go"

    Lovely lines...

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    1. Thanks Rekha. Glad you liked them.

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  13. Life goes on - such is the journey. A very contemplative piece Suzy and the fact that you blended three themes is this is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Akila. And life is an adventure for the soul.

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  14. 'Wherever I travel, I blend in with the landscape' ~ I love your open heart, willingness to go with flow and explore new possibilities!

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    1. Thanks Humbird. It's taken me a long time to realise that the universe has a mind of it's own and the only way to enjoy life is to go with the flow.

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  15. Truthfully? This is one of your best, Suzy! You did an amazing job with the prompts and images.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Martha. Glad you liked it so much. I almost gave all 3 prompts a miss - they looked so daunting. Oh thank you and Blessings to you too my friend.

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  16. Life itself is a quest... beautifully penned.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. Glad you liked my poem and thanks for dropping by.

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  17. Enjoyed it and efficient jugglery for 2 prompts.

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    1. Thanks Kalpana. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  18. Viewing one's self as a "load" or burden is always a topic worth exploring.

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    1. Hi Jack, my idea of a load was not self but all the emotions like anger, hate, not forgiving and actions left undone that we carry through our lives.

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  19. And each step that I take is a cause and effect
    And of journeys you planned a long time ago.


    This is so powerful to me. It's that moment when I'm so helpless but still hopeful and I just decide to give myself over to God's power and will.

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    1. Thanks Pensive One. Glad my poem spoke to you. There is great peace in complete surrender.

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  20. ...ah, digging at what's life is all about ---- a quest.... a ne'er ending one & a lifetime search of understanding.... perhaps, we'll all die knowing only (at least) li'l of this thing we call 'life'... smiles...

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    1. Hi Kelvin. Yes, I think we search all through our lives and perhaps even beyond. But I like looking at life as a quest - a journey - and as you put it so nicely - a search of understanding rather than a thing.

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  21. it is interesting how free will plays with the will of god and predetermined time....think on it much and it will hurt your brain trying to process...ha...our choices do matter, life is much easier when we are clothed in humility...

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    1. Hi Brian, Yes, our choices do matter and determine the path we walk but I think the will of God (as in many destinations) is pre-determined. The choice we make is the path we walk towards that destination. My belief anyway. Hope that made sense

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  22. the everlasting story of life... we wander but still we stay. we need a goal but it stresses us out.

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    1. Hi Bjorn. Life is an oxymoron is it not?

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  23. you've done a great job combining these prompts!


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  24. We are blessed when we know our soul as companion. Made me think,

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth - taken me a long time to get to that place,

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  25. Beautifully done. We are our constant companions...
    Anna :o]

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  26. Quite beautiful. :) Love that this poem sees our souls as our companion and not a part of us. Its like the soul is beside us, not within us. And like Elizabeth, I too feel that it made me think, on that part.

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    1. Thanks Leo - so glad that you and Elizabeth got the essence of my poem. The soul is within us but also beside us. Our physical and spiritual are separate entities but they both journey together and one can't be without the other in this life. My belief only.

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  27. It made a lot of sense, but maybe that's because I'm sensless.

    /Avy

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    1. Glad it made sense Avy. Thanks for dropping by.

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  28. What a wonderful way you have described this journey of life, so many questions we have. Beautiful!

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  29. Yes of course...the journey is already planned and we believe in this fact after a lot of experience...truly touching verses...

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    1. Thanks Shellymona. Glad you liked it. The hard knocks in life bring forth great learning.

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  30. What a wonderful combination of the prompts! I thought the last stanza was especially beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Robyn. I like that stanza too - I think that summed up my thoughts. Glad you liked it and thanks for visiting.

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  31. Kudos on combining all the prompts. But without that too I loved the poetry it flowed through your words. And the last para of cause and effect is very beautiful...

    Richa

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    1. Thanks Richa. Glad you liked it. Yes life is all about karma and interconnectedness.

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