Sijo

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Samuel Peralta instructs us on the Asian form of Sijo today at Form-For-All at dVerse:  http://dversepoets.com/2013/04/25/form-for-all-from-out-of-asia/

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Hush-a-Bye, Lull-a-Bye–Music and performance by Bill Walters

Some time ago, my oldest brother, Bill, approached me asking if I would like to collaborate with him on having him put music to some of my poetry.  I jumped at the chance and felt very honored.  He is an accomplished musician and I was thrilled that he thought enough of my writing to want to work on something together.  At the time, my oldest daughter was pregnant with her first child…my granddaughter, Mira.  I immediately thought of this lullaby that I had written long before and proposed that he write some music and sing it.  He loved the idea and this is what he came up with.  I gifted it to my daughter and her family first and I’m now making it public…I hope you enjoy it.  I love how it turned out.  Click on the link below to hear.

Hush-a-Bye Final Mix-down

 

O precious babe let your drowsy eyes sleep,
Let go of your woes and relax into peace.
Mother is near to protect and keep peace,
Guarding your cradle all while you sleep. 

Dream, sweet darling, of angels aglow,
Keeping you safe, surrounding you whole.
O dear child, of pure, white soul,
Rest in quiet, tranquil glow. 

Dearest mine of sweet delight,
Lay down your head, may sleep not delay.
Dream of cuddles, warm baths and bouquets,
Of lulling songs and bedtime delights. 

Hush-a-bye
Lull-a-bye
Sweet babe so dear.
Sweet dreams are yours, good night, good night…

English: Sleeping baby.

Image via Wikipedia

Loving Kindness–A Ghazal

O open-hearted Kindness, reigning peace
Your model of piousness brings me peace
 
Sacred sweetness emanates, giving freely
Like honey-amber richness, flowing peace
 
What path may bring you near, I do not mind
Searching, my alertness finds your peace
 
Your grace shines forth in joyful, loving glory
Mending my brokenness through your peace
 
Elevated calm permeates my soul
When bathed in happiness by your peace
 
I beseech thee, O My Beloved Loving One
Surround me in completeness to know peace
 
May it always be thus between us two
A connectedness, entwining the Rose to peace

Check out tonight’s guidance by Samuel over at dVerse Poets to learn the art of the Ghazal form at our Form-For-All:  http://dversepoets.com/2013/01/31/formforall-ghazal-sonnet/

Rest in natural great peace…

 

Words spoken by Sogyal Rinpoche inspired by a poem by Nyoshul Ken Rinpoche set to music written and performed by Richard Page.  Uploaded by 66greybeard.

Photo:  Sogyal Rinpoche, Google Images

Sharing this inspirational video with Occupy Blogosphere at Souldippers blog: http://souldipper.wordpress.com/

Hush-a-Bye, Lull-a-Bye

O precious babe let your drowsy eyes sleep,
Let go of your woes and relax into peace.
Mother is near to protect and keep peace,
Guarding your cradle all while you sleep. 

Dream, sweet darling, of angels aglow,
Keeping you safe, surrounding you whole.
O dear child, of pure, white soul,
Rest in quiet, tranquil glow. 

Dearest mine of sweet delight,
Lay down your head, may sleep not delay.
Dream of cuddles, warm baths and bouquets,
Of lulling songs and bedtime delights. 

Hush-a-bye
Lull-a-bye
Sweet babe so dear.
Sweet dreams are yours, good night, good night…

English: Sleeping baby.

Image via Wikipedia

 

Many thanks to you.

Honored by your precious grace,

Happy Holidays!

I nominate Bat-Ami Gordin, aka “Tammy”.  Her writings are always so unique and many times from a technical/scientific perspective which I find so appealing.  http://zongrik.wordpress.com

Thank you to the Poetry Palace and all my poet friends:  http://promisingpoetsparkinglot.blogspot.com/

I Align Within

Quiet stillness, I align within, manifesting calm descends;
O awareness rising slowly, inscrutable love now ascends.
This mountain glade does inspire,
Lifting my soul ever higher.
     Nature’s essence, a soothing transcend. 

Find your core, your soul’s content,
Through intervals of malcontent,
A state of lenity you can acquire;
     Quiet stillness, I align within. 

Take gentle grasp of ego’s lament
Stare it down ’til its hold relents.
So little work it does require,
To gain some peace from self’s desire,
Watch it dissolve by your intent.
     Quiet stillness, I align within.

Photo by Ella Wilson entitled:  Soul’s Whisper

 

My entry for Poet’s United Thursday Think Tank # 76-Soul’s Whisper:  http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2011/12/think-tank-thursday.html

Four Black Cats

Four black cats cross my path
Addressing each one, they study me
A storm rattles the house
Cats’ blessings bring calm
                    

The Blackest of Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw four black cats while on my trip this week.  I found this very interesting.  I spoke to each one and considered their appearance somehow auspicious.

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