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Sunday, August 15, 2010

THE QUEST


Chalice  Gay R. Cannon

When clouds play counter
To sky, then tree-leaves
And shadows magnify
Our torn down dreams.
We unravel our imagination
Into thin-strung transparencies;
We test our mind’s intentions
Through bitter interwoven schemes.

We search the vast containment
For the roots of seem, and find
The threads extend past all connection
To the real; beyond the light.
In the spectrum of new reason
Filled with intuitive desire
We grasp the diamond ransom
From the sacred cup of insight.

In battles of internal conflict
Or fighting dragons breeding doubt,
We extend past our dimensions
To challenge foes inside and out.
We impose order on our being
Creating hope where none had been,
We feel the essence of our knowing,
And touch the self we hold within.

© Gay Reiser Cannon All Rights Reserved

44 comments:

  1. This is a bold and stricking piece (much like the painting)
    "We grasp the diamond ransom
    From the sacred cup of insight."
    Great description

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  2. Thanks Gwei and thanks for following me. I'm moving some things here from the other site and putting up new pieces as well. I didn't do the painting to illustrate this but thought it was appropriate to match them. Thanks again.

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  3. Love the poem (and painting), especially the lines: "We unravel our imagination
    Into thin-strung transparencies;
    We test our mind’s intentions
    Through bitter interwoven schemes."
    Thanks!

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  4. Thanks Dustus for visiting, reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

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  5. wow this is beautiful - and the painting as well!

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  6. I'm always looking for wonderful poets to highlight on Moondustwriter Thursday - would you be interested???

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  7. Certainly. Thank you for asking. Just let me know what you need or what to do. :)

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  8. Thank you Claudia for the compliments on both.

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  9. Beautiful, Gay. The phrase "the roots of seem" really made me think. Sometimes those roots are buried very deep.

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  10. that last line hung with me...because in touching that one inside we can truly share it with others...love the vivid colors in the painting as well. nice oneshot!

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  11. Thanks Patti. I appreciate that comment and that you read and enjoyed my work.

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  12. Yes, Brian, I worked on that line a long time. I wanted that sense of finding the grail inside us all the time. To take PattiKen's remark the journey to the roots take us to our personal center I believe. Thank you for the comment and for reading my work. Gay

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  13. Words and image perfectly in balance.

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  14. Gay -- what a powerful and beautiful poem -- and how serendipity that we both write of dreams and dreamers and dreaming...

    thank you for dropping by my place and for commenting!

    I love the name of your blog too -- by the sea -- how lovely!

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  15. Very creative use of language. Makes very abstract concepts visible. Very suggestive. Gets the mind working. - Bill

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  16. Creative, imaginative free verse poem.Thanks for dropping by to read and comment on I’m the beast that you fear, in the shadows of night

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  17. Thank you anthonynorth. I like that idea of balance in poetry and do seek it in my writing. Your comment is most welcome. Gay

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  18. Thanks M.L.Gallagher. I have a few words that seem to recur in almost all my poems and dreamer is the most frequent. The others are light and brilliance. I know I do it when looking at my work but am somewhat unaware of it while writing. I should work that out sometime. Thanks.

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  19. Thank you Bill - kind words indeed. I have read many poems of my colleagues here today that indeed painted the abstract visible. I am humble at being included among them. Gay

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  20. I opened this post and as it came up, I saw that picture and said aloud, "Wow."

    (Yes, I've been known to talk to myself. :)

    I loved the "thin-strung transparencies"

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  21. @L.L. Thanks so much. Roses are another object that haunt my work, both visual and poetic. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by. Gay

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  22. I especially like these two lines as a unit.

    We search the vast containment
    For the roots of seem, and find

    I'm wondering now what tree would grow from "the roots of seem and find"?

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  23. Marcus. Thank you. I believe I had in mind the Tree of Self Discovery. :) Glad you stopped by and commented.

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  24. this was a superb poem, well written, thanks for visiting me :)

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  25. lovely contemplation here! and written w/ feeling and skill-- nicely done!
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  26. So beautiful! I really loved it! Maybe, a masterpiece......

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  27. This is a wonderfully awesome piece. How we forget to listen to our intuition. Well done. Love this.

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  28. This was so lyrical which contrasted beautifully with the internal struggle. It's amazing what we find out when we dare to go inside our souls deeply.

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  29. for someone who says she wishes she could write as well as other poets...i would really like to know who you mean..when you write a piece like this you are out there on your own!!! excellent poetry..cheers pete

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  30. I agree with Talon and Adam very lyrical and beautifully written. Thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

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  31. Thank you William. I read many wonderful poems today. I'm happy I stopped by to see you to. Thanks for returning to mine and saying such nice things.

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  32. Mairmusic. I did give this a lot of thought. It was difficult to find a good approach. I often have that problem. Lots of ideas but finding the right angle to cut into it.

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  33. Annell - I'm bowled over - a masterpiece. A poet only gets one or two of those in a lifetime. Thank you for your esteem.

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  34. Thank you Mr. Monkey Man. High praise indeed from you and such understanding. I really appreciate it.

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  35. Talon - I appreciate your seeing that contrast. I knew when I wrote it that it was pretty but I always thought of the Arthurian legends as pretty -i.e. Lady of Shalott, but scratch them and we see struggle and inner struggle to find what's right. Thank you for your words.

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  36. Wild Rose. It was a pleasure to read your poetry and thank you indeed for your words and for reading mine.

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  37. Pete - All I can say is that I was at the orthodontist with my grandson when I read your words and I suddenly burst into tears. You can't imagine the impact it had on me. Thank you. I treasure your remarks.

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  38. "...the spectrum of new reason" reached out and grabbed me. Beautiful piece.

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  39. Thank you Willow for those kind words, for coming by to read and especially for the follow. I really appreciate it. I hope you let me know what you think of the other pieces too. :)

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  40. This was absolutely stunning!! Such an inspiring read, I must add!!
    "We grasp the diamond ransom
    From the sacred cup of insight." -- particularly loved these lines... when we see those little glints of hope, we hold onto them, and then emerge successful - inspite of all hardships! That's the power of self, that's the power of recognizing the strong being in oneself...

    I really enjoyed reading this piece.. it kinda filled me with some warmth, something like one feels after coming out of a meditative period..
    Lovely!

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  41. Thank you kavisionz. I actually was meditating when the poem occurred to me. I was lying on the ground breathing and saw the clouds behind the leaves of the trees which led me to thoughts of the grail legend and onto a self realization. Good call there, you. Thank you so much for your compliments and for coming by to read!

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  42. "we search the vast containment for the roots of seem"

    Wow - you put these words together in a way I'd never think possible and came out with a phrase so incredible, it was like looking at the limitless universe in a very limited vase. Brilliant work in this poem. So glad I discovered your blog on One stop Weds.

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  43. Thank you for the compliments and praise. I appreciate it.

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  44. I'm captivated by the flow and colors of "Chalice" here and "Apartment" a few posts down.

    Thank you for commenting or I might have simply read your most recent poem and slipped onward through the lists without realizing how much more you pour out. (Though it's nice to think I'd have discovered it eventually.) I look forward to absorbing more of your thoughts and learning the way you see.

    Oh, yes ... and this poem in particular sang songs within the controlled chaos of my mind, and its echoes still linger in my thoughts, where dreams rest golden, waiting for their goose. (Excuse me, I'm going to go burn this comment into a poem before it disappears.)

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