GRACIOUS LADY

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I am delighted to have the chance to feature another one of Thalia Gust’s poems. Enjoy the walk with her. 

     Gracious Lady                               

     I met a gracious lady, she smiled, light lit her eyes,

     I dropped a pretty curtsy, to the wise woman.

     A curtsy learnt from childhood, showing honour and respect.

     Do we really honour those older and wiser, fully enough?

 

     The Lady spoke to me, we shared

     experiences of life.

     We shared  joys, pains and love.

     Her road was a gilded one but her heart had bled.

     I know my mother would love this lady, enough said.

    

     Walking among the roses, we talked 

     about our children with humour and delight. 

     About countries and people, about peace and war,

     About the sky, the ocean and nature’s force.

     We found unity.

 

     I walked up the mountain in a far away land

     met a Shepherd, resting with his flock.

     You have come, he said, seeking long,

     please sit down and share my fare.

     Quietly I did as the old man asked.

 

     We talked in stillness about life,

     its passions and griefs, its beauty and joy.

     What can you hear, the old man asked,

     I was quiet for a while, then said

     The mountain stream, the wind through the grass.

 

     The old man smiled and his eyes shone bright.

     You have come a long way, he said

     thus you found the core of joy.

     Never forget the mountain stream, the wind

     Let stillness and wonder live in your soul.

     © Thalia Gust.

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58 thoughts on “GRACIOUS LADY

  1. Aquileana says:

    Such a metaphysical voyage with real corollaries, so to speak… beautiful prose-poem.. It really resonated with me…Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana 😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much for poetic comment. I must admit it had me heading off to google corollaries…ahh…another interesting lesson for the day. Great that you liked it – I think it is very special and find something new in it every time I read it. Warmest wishes to you too. 😃

  2. patgarcia says:

    This poem has a wonderful message. Sometimes I think we forget the way that we have come. We forget the streams and the beauty that we have seen while climbing our mountains.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Patricia. Life is a journey and hopefully we will remember it and the wisdom learnt along the way, enriching our lives and those around us along the way. May we all stop by those streams as we battle our way up the mountains!😀 Warmest wishes to you.

  3. The Oracle Jasmine Kyle says:

    At this point in our society I don’t even think it’s having respect for elders… It’s slowing down and spending time with them that needs to move up a few spaces on our to do lists…
    GREAT POST Wonderful blog!

  4. Mike says:

    A very calming poem in a sometimes mad world. It reminds me of what the important things in life are and had a reassuring effect on me. Thank you Annika

    Love the photo too.

    Mike

    • Annika Perry says:

      Bette, it was lovely to read your comment and that it brought reminders of the close times with your mother and grandmother. I am lucky to still have my mother around and we are very close and share so much together. As for my grandmother, only when she was gone did I realise how central a part she played not only in our lives but that in the wider family. She enriched all our lives, her sense of joy and peace and quiet force always in evidence. Warmest wishes to you, Bette and have a good weekend. 😀

  5. Sherri says:

    Such a beautiful poem and photograph this, thank you for sharing Annika. I feel so peaceful now 🙂 We must never lose that wonder and stillness in our soul…and nature reminds us of that so perfectly. I hope you are feeling a little better, I have had you very much on my mind and thinking of you, sending blessings and a hug…gently of course ❤

    • Annika Perry says:

      Sherri, I’m so happy you enjoyed the poem and found its peaceful core of stillness. How true and the final line echoes in my mind. For many of us nature is such an integral and vital part of our existence that helps us find that inner peace. Thank you so much your warm thoughts and today good news – I am definitely on the road to recovery and managed a little walk outside – phew! I was getting ‘cabin fever’. Gentle hugs to you. 😀

      • Sherri says:

        I’m so happy to know this Annika, I have had you on my mind, hoping so much you are feeling better. I hope you experienced that ‘core of stillness’ as you recover and get back to normal as soon as possible. A break from cabin fever…phew indeed! And yes, gentle hugs…take care and get well my friend :-xx

  6. L. T. Garvin, Author says:

    The beauty and joy of nature painted in a a wonderfully descriptive poem. I would say that perhaps we do not honor older people as we should, working with young people, I see a great deal of disrespect. They would do well to embrace the feelings of respect and tranquility.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much and the poem, I also find, is powerfully descriptive whilst retaining tranquilly throughout. The honour and respect towards older people is sadly rare and many of us are so rushed to do the ‘next thing’ and we do not have to time to stop in the moment and pay full attention to each other. Although I have seen this with the younger towards older people, one of my particular gripes is with parents when with their young children, the children sit staring into space whilst the adult is on the mobile, texting etc.

    • Annika Perry says:

      So glad you liked the poem, Diana. Nature gives us not only so much joy but also infinite wisdom I think – but it can take time and experiences to appreciate it. So far a better week as I’m gradually improving from my slipped discs – small dance of joy! Hope you have a great week back settling home after your holiday in Hawaii. 😃

  7. maryannniemczura says:

    What a beautiful ode to joy. Learning to live in the moment and experience life to its fullest measure makes for meaning and happiness. The sights and sounds of cold mountain streams are wonderful. I recall in high summer how cold the water was. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

    • Annika Perry says:

      ‘An ode to joy’ – what a beautiful and warm comment about the poem, Mary Ann. 😀 I agree, as a reader one travels along with the writer, on the road of learning in this life and hopefully arrives at the same inner peace and spiritual awareness as the writer. Oh, mountain stream water is freezing cold – but that never stops me from paddling! Always a kid!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jessica, thank you for your kind words and so happy you enjoyed the poem. I found the photograph on the internet and loved it immediately – it reminded me of certain Casper David Friedrich paintings and when I saw them in real life, I felt transported into them; a most surreal feeling. It suits the essence of the poem perfectly.

  8. barblovesart says:

    This poet has wonderful insight to the beautiful things of life.
    It is nice to have this reminder :
    “mountain stream, the wind, Let stillness and wonder live in your soul.”
    Just Beautiful.
    Thanks for posting this Annika.

    • Annika Perry says:

      So glad you enjoyed this post and once I’d seen this poem I was keen to share it here. Lovely to see these lines quoted again – I think maybe this is a mantra many of should choose to adopt in life – I feel stillness settling on me just reading those lines, then the poem again and again. Wishing you a lovely week with moments of stillness in your hectic life!😀

  9. JC says:

    This is wonderful, the poem makes me want to leap into the photograph and walk toward the mountains and heavenly light. Thanks for sharing…

    • Annika Perry says:

      You’re right, JC! 😀 I just sat and starred at the photo and it gave me that feeling I have on top of cliffs or in an aeroplane – just wanting to walk one step more and fly. So glad you liked the poem.

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