Sunday, November 2, 2008

Illusion



The world in its finery,
a kingdom of meadows
for the flowers of Solomon—

mere illusion for the wider field
where eternity tills the soil
and soul wraps its roots around God.

34 comments:

JP/deb said...

I love this poem Billy - soil & soul wrapped around the eternity of God.

Peace,
JP/deb

p.s. one piece of advice ... lose the "the" before soul and the enjambment is perfect!

qualcosa di bello said...

so incredibly beautiful. i believe this veiled place to be a mere shadow of the something more we will experience...

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful pic, aptly described.

Charles Gramlich said...

I really like "the flowers of Solomon."

Lana Gramlich said...

Sorry we didn't see you at Arts Evening last night, hon. Maybe next time!
Did you mean it to be "raps" & not "wraps" in the poem? I love the imagery.

Beth P. said...

Billy--
Thank you for this--that the world as we usually experience it is 'merely' the disguise (or is it the shadow) of the soul's relationship with eternity.
Intricate work here!

And thanks for stopping by the Virtual Tea House--

ChrisEldin said...

Beautiful. I also love 'the flowers of Solomon.'

Sue said...

the last line is especially powerful, the image of the soul's roots.

Raven said...

"the soul wraps its roots around God." Exquisite. I missed you and your beautiful poetry. So glad you are back.

Miladysa said...

Soulful :D

Miladysa said...

Soulful :D

Pam said...

This poem exudes the soul's desire to be with God. Thank you for sharing it. I really like the last line.

Billy said...

Deb, you are exactly right about "the." I changed it. It's much tighter. Thanks!


qualcosa, I sure hope there's more than this veil of tears, as the old saying goes :)

anthony, thanks! I've added you the the link list on my two blogs. You've got a great one!

Charles, it's a simple line from the gospels, but it's always been a favorite of mine.

Lana, thanks for the heads-up on my spelling! And I missed meeting you and Charles on Saturday. Sooner or later ... :)

Beth, many thanks. I'll be linking the teahouse to my two blogs as well.

Chris, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed!

Sue, I wasn't going to post this until the last line came and gave the poem some energy.

raven, thanks, and I have enjoyed once again reading your blog as well.

Miladysa! Thanks ... as always ;)

Pam, I think everyone has that longing ... at least I hope so !!! :)

Casdok said...

I love the illusion that you paint.

tumblewords said...

A beautiful piece of writing!

SandyCarlson said...

Eternity does till the soil that the soul might wrap its roots around God. Beautiful.

Lane said...

Mighty fine six lines there Billy. Glad you're still keeping this blog open.

Billy said...

casdok, good to see you. Thanks!


Thank you, Tumblewords!

Thanks, Sandy. God creeps into most of my poems lately :)

Lane, hey there! I'm still alive and blogging :)

Geraldine said...

So beautifully written and such a great use of the prompt. Bravo!!!

www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

so well said!

ANNA-LYS said...

Beautiful Billy!

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Billy said...

Geraldine, thank you! I am limping through the blogosphere, not as fast as I once was--thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed. I am still enjoying the cookbook!!!

Andrew, many thanks! (I'm rusty :)

Anny-lys, thank you for the USA congrats and for once again visiting my blog. Good to see you.

zoya gautam said...

..these are beautiful..many thanks..

Sarah Hina said...

Yes, the true essence lies beneath the surface colors.

I think we all share in that desire to embrace eternity, whether it be through God or our timeless connections to others.

Beautiful as always, Billy.

Billy said...

Guatami, thanks as always! -:)

Sarah, the journey toward eternity--it's everyone's destiny although as you say, there are many paths! Thanks!

cargwaps said...

"a kingdom of meadows
for the flowers of Solomon"

nicely said billy. the poem's brevity is a perfect tandem to the theme.

illusion...i agree. but what a grand illusion it is eh? :)

Billy said...

cargwaps, yes, a splendid illusion! And thanks--the length should always reflect the theme in some way, shap, or form :)

Suzan Abrams said...

Lovely thoughts to your little poem, Billy & I love that b/w pic. of the typewriter. :-)

Billy said...

Hi Suzan, thanks for stopping by and your kind words!

jason evans said...

So grand in its scope. It sounds like a religion.

It probably is.

Billy said...

"It probably is." Jason ... my exact thought as well :)

Cynthia said...

"and soul wraps its roots around
God", a beautifully spiritual poem.

Billy said...

Cynthia, thanks so much!!!