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A Very Small Something

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OwlSA
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0 posted 01-16-2014 05:56 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for OwlSA

A VERY SMALL SOMETHING
1963
http://soundcloud.com/diana-van-den-berg-2/a-very-small-something-prose

How wonderful it is that when the world seems most meaningless, when mankind seems most uncaring, when love, friends and happiness seem further away than ever before, there is always something, a very small something - or so it seems at the time - to bring us back into the fold of the loved and cared for - a gay garden, vital with colour and brilliance, yet humble and smiling;  a happy, lilting song from a forgotten childhood;  the comical almost human yawn or sigh of the family cat;  the warmth of street lights splashed on a rainwet road;  the sparkling, bright, white lights of houses in the distance, welcoming, friendly and definite;  the unwavering trust in the eyes of a child;  the familiar, warm glow brought by hot tea in a British throat;  the vitality of a lovely girl in a yellow dress;  the peaceful smile of a white-haired old lady made beautiful by suffering and sorrow;  the renewed staunch support of a friend thought lost;  the knowledge that one is needed;  the flickering smile of a child in great pain;  there is always something.  We are never left entirely alone in our loneliness - there is always something to help us bear our load on our long journey.  This something is known as the grace of God.

Owl
(Written when I was 18)
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Bluesy Socrateaser
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1 posted 01-16-2014 07:44 PM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

One finds many new things and hovers over many older memories in deep contemplations. The latter becomes the former and the former slips into the latter as fluidly as time allows.

Your writing is always inspiring and from this discovery, apparently always has been.

Regards...

...just bein' Bluesy

OwlSA
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2 posted 01-17-2014 02:47 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Bluesy, thank you for the heart-warming and encouraging comment about my poetry in general and specifically about this poem too.  

In my 68 years, I have continually learnt new things every day - some negative, some positive - spanning all sorts of subjects and if I wanted to confine them into boxes, spanning all sorts of categories (I am a little allergic to categories currently).  The first (consciously) new thing I have learned today is your delicious, philosophical comment which had me pondering its truth excitedly.  Two of my favourite occupations (among many favourites and many occupations) are learning and thinking - not necessarily connected with each other, but often.  (I have even written a poem called Thinking.)  Thank you for letting me indulge deeply and with great pleasure in both of those activities from one collection of words in one sentence of yours.  I am just pondering the odds of your having written something else instead . . . and then I would have lost this opportunity, though, of course, I wouldn't have known that I had lost it.  Sorry . . . rambling (another, mostly annoying thing I enjoy, lol!).  

Just one more thing, your mind is a very exciting and interesting place, as I see from your poetry, your comments and your profile.

Owl
Bluesy Socrateaser
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3 posted 01-17-2014 09:02 PM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

Both your poetry and your responses demonstrate how comfortable you are with yourself. Free of life-draining ego that keeps so many enslaved. This freedom, along with the many adversities a life is challenged with, has given you a strong character.

In spite of my failings, I feel blessed with your attention.

Thank you endlessly.

Regards from Bluesy

  

...just bein' Bluesy

OwlSA
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4 posted 01-18-2014 01:22 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Thank you, Bluesy.  I am most honoured by your comments.  You are very perspicacious.  I am, indeed, very comfortable with myself, and I like to think I have a strong character, although it sometimes doesn’t feel so.  However, I am not sure that I am free of ego, especially with all these lovely things you are saying about me.  

Whilst I have no idea what your failings may be, as I see no hint of them in anything you have said, I am sure, like all of us, you must have some.  I am honoured and heart-warmed that you feel blessed with my attention.  Smiles.

Owl
jjbreunig3
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5 posted 01-23-2014 11:27 AM       View Profile for jjbreunig3   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit jjbreunig3's Home Page   View IP for jjbreunig3

Enjoyed your bit of prose- especially when I took time to hear the words spoken by you; while I loved and appreciated the message, it seems to me that the 'grace of God' is a very large something, given the fact that it's available to all humanity, across the ages and even now.  Perhaps the small something is really the whisper of God's voice. -Joe

Logic, when applied to people, fails miserably! --Joseph J. Breunig 3rd

OwlSA
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6 posted 01-23-2014 12:01 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Thank you, Joe, for your kind words about my prose and recording.  Yes, I agree completely that the grace of God is a very large something, but He sends it to us in packages of all sizes, and even when things seem at their worst, there is always at least one tiny package to unwrap, in order to get to the immense grace of God inside it.  

God sends us His gifts in abundance, but we don’t have them until we agree to accept them because of the free will He has given us.  We can’t accept them unless we know they are there.  This piece of prose is alerting readers and myself to notice the wrapping paper of the gifts He sends us, and His whisper as you describe, so that we can, indeed, unwrap them, and accept and appreciate them.  He offers the gifts, in the same spirit as He ‘stands at the door and knocks’.

Owl
JamesMichael
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7 posted 10-07-2015 09:00 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Yes the Grace, the Love and forgiveness of God...james
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