Sunday, July 12, 2009

How Can I Inspire Thee?

How can I inspire thee?
Let me count the ways.

The bird that chirps,
the flower that blooms,
the quiet morning.

Can I do it with these?

A child’s laugh,
a lover’s breath,
the flash of a smile on a strangers face.

How can I inspire thee?
Let me count the ways.

In all these ways,
but none.
For to drink from life’s great promise,
you must awaken to a higher truth.
You are not the things in your life –
You are not the pain in your body –
You are not the torment in your soul –
You are but observer of these things.

Perhaps thou protesteth!
You’ve met with frustration,
loss,
pain.
How can I inspire thee?
Let me count the ways.

Reading these words,
or hearing them,
as a loved one reads them to you.
Behind the illusion of happiness and strength,
you know when the party stops,
and you find yourself behind the barricades,
you are alone,
and scared.

How can I inspire thee?
Let me count the ways.

Perhaps you’ve been to the depths of despair,
and think not,
I can inspire thee.

Quiet your soul,
open your heart,
and let these thoughts break in:

If there is design,
it is this –

Every moment has but one purpose,
for you to come awake to yourself.

If you take this into your soul completely,
the next bird you hear
will be your soul taking to the air.
The next time you hear the sound of a child’s laugh,
will be the stream of life rippling through you.
The next sunrise seen,
will be realized as a miracle.

Bring into your soul.
Inspiritus –
All that was,
all that will ever be.

How can I inspire thee?
Let me count the ways.


By, Robert Girandola

5 Comments:

At July 16, 2009 at 10:47 PM , Blogger Kathy Ostman-Magnusen & Dennis Magnusen said...

Well... what can I say between tears?

 
At July 16, 2009 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Kathy Ostman-Magnusen & Dennis Magnusen said...

I read this.. again. So many people claim that they are eloquent... but YOU ARE

 
At July 16, 2009 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Robert Girandola said...

Thank you Kathy! I really appreciate it coming from you. You gave me the inspiration to combine poetry and visual art - as you do with your work. You've moved me so many times that to hear I can return the favor brings me joy :)

 
At July 26, 2009 at 10:25 PM , Blogger Sugarwilla said...

The ways you inspire me are countless....and priceless.

 
At July 26, 2009 at 10:41 PM , Blogger Robert Girandola said...

Thank you Sugar - it's a reciprocal kind of thing :) :)

 

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