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Tag: Inspirational poetry

“Derek Walcott, Poet of the Caribbean”

“For every poet, it is always morning in the world,” he said. “History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.”


Photo ©Jill Krementz, All Rights Reserved


I seek,

As climate seeks its style, to write
Verse crisp as sand, clear as sunlight,
Cold as the curled wave, ordinary
As a tumbler of island water.

– Derek Walcott, “Islands”

“I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style,” he told The Paris Review in 1985. “I grew up in a place in which if you learned poetry, you shouted it out. Boys would scream it out and perform it and do it and flourish it. If you wanted to approximate that thunder or that power of speech, it couldn’t be done by a little modest voice in which you muttered something to someone else.”

NYTimes Article, 3/17/2017, “Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, Dies at 87,” William Grimes, photo ©Jill Krementz

Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography



Can Lightness come to play today?

Unguarded pleasure
Delight, contentment, bliss

The feeling of body and mind totally immersed
in the pure joy of being.

Please stop. Right now.

Take a  deep breath, and hold it.
Then let it out, feeling your energy flow from the top of your head to the tips of your toes

Relax your shoulders
Soften your heart

(Your heart is there, you know. Just waiting.)

Think of a time when you were happy, playful
Free from the heavy cares that you’ve shouldered so well

Remember from your childhood, last month, today  – no matter!
See the scene, and feel it.
Let your body and mind enjoy.

Can you do it? Will you?
Deepen, deepen

Now hold that feeling

And walk into your world.


(Would you like me to guide you through this meditation?
Click here for my voice and a downloadable spoken version)


How long can we stay
at the top of the mountain
seeing all around
in a glorious manner

I vow to hold that wonder
the  joy of discovery
the world

We are always at the top
of the mountain

We just forget


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