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Monday, June 20, 2011

Same Ocean


A post written by a dear friend, who I’ve known for 33 years, inspired this poem. That’s a long time to be connected to someone so precious. We live on opposite coasts and have for quite a while. There were many years through which we had lost touch, but with the magic of the Internet found each other again. And I am so grateful for that!!! From the time we were young teens he began to teach me lessons in mindfulness. In college he gifted me with the sweetest book,  The Tao of Pooh. (I still have the copy he gave me!) At a time when I was feeling lost and without hope, believing I was broken beyond repair, he told me with absolute certainly that I was whole…complete in and of myself. I’ve never forgotten his words, or his compassion as a very young, wise man of 20 when he said them. 
This is for you Art



many streams lead to the very same ocean
vapor rising toward heavenly realms
clouds rain light-infused tears
kindness showers graciously
upon faces and hearts up-
turned with humility
receiving blessings
in open surrender
present
if only for
a single breath
gratitude unfolds
a soft petaled prayer
emerging newborn wet
from lips salty and sweet
soaked by the light-infused
tears



Linking to my friends at: One Shot Wednesday 

And dear, dear Clytie & friends @ Guest Heart Thursday

 

(Do you see the tiny heart in the last drop of water? My friend Teri pointed it out to me!)


48 comments:

  1. Blessed are you both in your friendship, strengthened all the more because it had been lost. Beautiful poem.

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  2. Exquisite my friend.
    This post, the photos and words, are a song, a prayer.

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  3. Simply beautiful, dear Laura!! Thinking of you and sending lots of love!! Silke

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  4. That first photo . . . your post today . . .

    breathtaking. Wonderful blog. Thank you.

    xoxo
    Rick

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  5. Beautiful poem, photo, and friendship!

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  6. "Many streams lead the the very same ocean-"... indeed.

    "gratitude unfolds
    a soft petaled prayer"

    Every bit of this poem is a prayer. Hold gently to those hearts that know you- but hold them close.Thank you once again for sharing your loveliness. And the heart in the bottom of the drop of water is divine-xo teri

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  7. So true, so beautiful!
    Gorgeous post, Laura!
    Have a nice day:)
    Hugs
    Joo

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  8. The photos and you words just work so well together, great post.

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  9. This is lovely. I especially love "a soft petaled prayer". I see you are doing small stones...beautiful. I started to do that as I am oftening writing along those lines, however I never seem to stop at just a few words...

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  10. So beautiful! Many streams to the same ocean. Yes!

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  11. Laura,
    Your heart shines so bright...
    That the Stars get jealous!
    Thank You for your Great Inspirations...G

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  12. great you have found such a friend and so cool to connect again - this is what i love about the internet...beautiful poem as well and so true that many streams are lading to the same ocean

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  13. a very sweet poem! the internet is such a great tool.. glad you've reconnected with your friend :)

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  14. the birth of the prayer in tears is potent...i am glad you have such a friend...true friends can be a rare commodity...

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  15. "Receiving blessing in open surrender". This is so beautiful Laura and something that I aspire to. What a gift it is when we are willing to "surrender".

    Sounds like Art is a special friend.

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  16. A blessing to have such a friend. Gorgeous poem!

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  17. Appreciate the subject matter, as well as the many ways you infuse water into your lines. Touching poem.

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  18. I love LOVE your blog, Laura. I come here and am refreshed! No religious dogma, I am soooo sick of that...just pure Light and Love and real spirituality.

    I feel like you are an oasis in the desert, dear girl.

    Thank you for all that you are.

    Lady Nyo....and true and abiding friendship is so rare, Laura. You are blessed!

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  19. "in open surrender
    present
    if only for
    a single breath"

    yes. you say it so well...

    p.s. hope your time with family is showered with blessings!

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  20. i must remember gratitude--aware of it in each moment because gratitude in itself is a prayer.
    thank you (and friend), laura.
    michelle,
    thewanderer

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  21. beautiful poetry, and i love that powerful ocean shot!

    summer solstice blessings, dear lady xx

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  22. What a beautiful and touching tribute to your friend, I'm sure he'll print this out and put it on his fridge with a magnet or in a frame somewhere special in his house :o)

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  23. soooo beautiful...

    where would we be without our friends!!!

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  24. Wonderful water images -- ocean, stream, tears. Beautiful.

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  25. What beautiful touching words from a wise young man. Lovely post.

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  26. Drops of water ~ vulnerable and beautiful on their own, powerful and magnificent as an ocean. Friendship is like an ocean.

    Blessings to you my friend ~

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  27. Laura, thank you for your visit :-)
    As you can see, my posts have been slim, but going back to read where you left comments was somethings I needed to be reminded of... and of course brought me back to your beautiful blog..and what you bring to the blogging world. Love you :-)

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  28. Once again, life has proven that we enter into each other lives for a reason even though we may not continue to be there. It is amazing when you find each other again and you are able to share how special that other person has been to you and the fact that you have never forgotten them. This is very special Laura.

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  29. So beautiful! Funny how important the internet can be :) So nice to here of a long lasting friendship.

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  30. What a lovely gift to your friend :)

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  31. Beautiful poem. The expression "light-infused tears" is heavenly.

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  32. One of my favorite poems. Love the picture, too:)

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  33. "present if only for a single breath..." I really liked that line. Beautiful to have true friends. Thankful with for yours :)

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  34. beautiful. i can't decide which i find more moving, the poem or the story behind it. you are very blessed to have such a friend, and he likewise to have such a sensitive soulfriend in you.

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  35. What a beautiful poem, Laura. This open surrender you speak of -- its power can be so intimidating and overwhelming. But submitting to it can be the most liberating feeling.

    What a great friend Art must be.

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  36. What a lovely tribute this is, Laura.. to your friend.. to life, to everything that makes us LIVE and keeps us ALIVE!!

    A very inspiring read...

    And that heart in the drop of water... so very sweet and meaningful!!

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  37. Your poem is wonderful, dear Laura, and such a loving tribute to the friendship you described.

    Thinking of you often while I'm on a bit of an internet break.
    xo

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  38. Gratitude makes us strong.

    Thank you for sharing your friends poem and the photos.

    I especially like the oceans wall of water!

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you, for sharing.

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  39. Gratitude makes us stronger.

    Thank you for sharing your friends poem, and for the wonderful photos. I especially love the oceans wave, standing still as a wall in the photograph.

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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  40. Exquisite photos and words. How true "many streams lead to the very same ocean" is! Your poetic words sank into my heart deeply. It is so good to encounter your old friend. Toast to friendship!
    Have a great day!

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  41. Such lovely words & a true friendship. Keep well.

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  42. Those very same light-infused tears are making slow trails down my cheeks right now, Laura. How beautiful a friendship. How beautiful a poem. How beautiful that tiny little glowing heart of hope.

    I wish you joy today, my friend.

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  43. How wonderful to reconnect with a friend after many years. Your poem is truly beautiful.

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  44. Thank you for your beautiful heart. Dear dear girl--tears are in my eyes, too. ((hugs))

    Especially that tiny flame of hope...

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  45. Its lovely and I could relate to it so much...
    Internet has been a blessing in disguise for many of us... who found friends, outlet of thoughts and knowledge...

    Shashi
    Om Namah Shivaya
    http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/06/whispers-lost-in-emptiness.html

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  46. Such a great post.
    Love that hearty drop.

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