Monday, June 4, 2007

a special poem...

I LOVE the word "peace".  My soul craves it.  I seek out quiet and solitude daily - in my home or in nature.  I don't like arguments and I am in disgust by all the chaos in the world.  I used to be a more chaotic gal when my mental illness was out of control (I have Bipolar I) - when they couldn't find a cocktail of medicines that would work for me (for another entry soon).   I didn't like this chaotic life, but I didn't know how to get out of it.  Now I  LOVE peaceful living.  I love sitting and meditating on simple things - on small joys and wonders.  I am a simple gal.  I found this poem and thought I would share it with you all.  I found it profound.  I hope you all enjoy it. 

By Elizabeth Cunningham

The problem is
people think peace is boring
we have lost our imagi-
nations. We have forgotten
the fluidity of peace
how it is like all the muscles
rippling to lift the dancer’s leg,
how it is the slow rhythm of tidal rivers
how it is clouds forming and dispersing
how it is a flock of birds turning as one
in evening sky
how it is food laid out on a round table
and honest struggle
between lovers and friends
how it pulses in our blood
how it sings in our ears
how the death of each tiny thing
is held secure in its arms
with the life. We have forgotten
how boring it is to kill each other
how predictable.
There is much more suspense
in peace.


P. S.  I have learned how to do transcendental meditation.  It has been a lifesaver.  If anyone wants to learn the benefits of it and how to practice it just pop me an email!  I would be glad to discuss it with you and I can even tutor you in it!  Wishing you all a good week! xox



  1. Valerie, This is a beautiful poem.  I really enjoyed it!  I loved it! Almost as much as I love you.  Merry

  2. vagabondevermoreJune 4, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    I once found peace difficult to find. Now I seek it by quietly waiting for it. I seem to find it in the oddest places - my daughters smile, by my outdoor fireplace on the deck, in my garden, in the pages of a good book, on the words of a songs.

    I wish you peace today and always. ~jan

  3. If I could have one wish it would be for a peaceful life. Bit difficult with hubby how he is, but it's not his fault, he is ill. Thanks for the lovely poem. Take care.
    Love Sylvia xx

  4. ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))I like your entry and the poem.Have a nice night.

  5. Val, thanks for the lovely poem!  It arrived prime and on time!  My household has been so chaotic lately...3 bipolar adult children living at home who all have stopped taking their medications and therapy. You must know that I have been practising all types of meditation for at least 24 neurologist told me that he had heard about people like me, and had always wanted to meet a real "guru". He explained that my brain waves during an EEG, a brain wave measurement test; revealed that I was asleep when we were having a conversation! LOL! No, this is not like Narcolepsy. I was fully conscious. Doc says I am in Medical journal now! Valerie, you were less chaotic growing up with than 2 other of our names please

  6. willandgrace1986June 5, 2007 at 7:26 AM

    I also love the word PEACE.  It is tied with LOVE for my favorite word.  I also like the word FUN.  I (try to) strive for PEACE every day and it is my wish that one day most people of the world will also.  -Grace

  7. beautiful poem.  i love peace also

  8. I wish you peace!  I'm glad you left a comment over at "Smober".  Thanks for your support and if I can be of any support to you, I certainly will.  Love, Shelly

  9. I love this entry and I too wish you peace



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