I ask for this, please . . .

Compass magnetized to truth,
lead me to serenity.
Through brazen brambles
toward path with verdant ferns,
emerald grass and sentinel trees.
Close to streams unseen but heard.
Soft swishes, trickles too,
psalms in salient tranquility.  
Guide me through morass
into a land of grace.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the world. Today De is hosting and asks us to include the word “magnet” or a form of the word in our poem that is exactly 44 words, sans title. Photo taken a number of years ago on trip to see our niece in Ohio.

57 thoughts on “I ask for this, please . . .

    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:51 pm

      Ah….but I do think we must always search for that path! 🙂

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  1. whimsygizmo October 19, 2020 / 3:10 pm

    What a gorgeous shot, Lill, leading us down the path of your words. I have always thought that among all of God’s creations, trees carry all the grace we need.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:52 pm

      I so agree about trees. And my favorite are beeches, like this. This was a surreal place. I remember thinking, this is what the Japanese mean when they talk of therapeutic values to forest bathing! 🙂

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  2. Grace October 19, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    I love that road, filled with psalms in salient tranquility. I ask for guidance too, into this land of grace.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:52 pm

      When I meditate, sometimes I recall this photo and this place. 🙂

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  3. kim881 October 19, 2020 / 3:19 pm

    I would love to take a walk down that path flanked with trees, Lill – it’s beautiful! I wish everyone’s moral compasses were magnetized to truth – the world would be a better, more tranquil place.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      Amen to that. The idea of the compass here came from the memoir of Ted Kennedy, True Compass. I read it many years ago, but some when I saw the word “magnet” I thought about how a compass is magnetized . 🙂

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  4. msjadeli October 19, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    “Close to streams unseen but heard.” The path in Taoism has been described like this, Lillian, where you can sense you’re near it. Your photo shows a magnetic path to serenity.

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  5. sanaarizvi October 19, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    Such peace and tranquility in this one, Lillian! 💝 I especially admire; “Through brazen brambles
    toward path with verdant ferns,”.. it puts me in the mind of one finding their way through hurdles and obstacles in life .. being guided by nature. 🙂

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:55 pm

      Exactly! That metaphor of life as a hike through a forest entangled with brambles and thorns but also full of beautiful sun streaked paths like this one. 🙂

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  6. Francis Barker October 19, 2020 / 3:30 pm

    ‘Compass magnetized to truth’ — what a stunning opener! A beautiful read, and if you can lead us to grace, please let us know how…

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:56 pm

      What a wonderful comment to read. Thank you! I think we must all strive to keep our compass magnetized toward truth. It’s quite difficult these days with 24/7 news cycles etc.

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  7. Glenn A. Buttkus October 19, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    Boy, we all could use a turn with your magic compass, and the energy is building, because in two weeks, the magnetic fields clash.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 12:59 pm

      Amen Amen Amen! May the compass land true!!!! There just HAS to be more than enough people in our country who value truth, honesty, morality, good character, science, justice etc.!! We’ve already voted. Of course we live in Massachusetts…which always goes Democratic. My son in NC is voting in person with his wife….wearing their masks and carrying umbrellas to insure people keep their 6′ distance from them….she has some underlying pre-conditions. But they feel so strongly, in a swing state like NC, that they must go in person to insure their vote counts. Let us hope and hope and pray and pray! Truth MUST win out! 🙂

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Carol. Yes….I hope MANY MANY feel this way and make their feelings known in this election! Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  8. rothpoetry October 19, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    I love your poem Lillian. Our compass drawn to truth… much needed these days… takes us where we need to go! Beautiful.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:01 pm

      Oh yes. May we all be guided by a compass magnetized to truth and turn this country around in the process!

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  9. merrildsmith October 19, 2020 / 4:46 pm

    Oh, if only, Lillian!
    That is such a lovely path–it would be nice if there was one like that to truth.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:01 pm

      I so agree. I do think we must all keep searching out this path….and through it may get hidden by others, we must must find it!

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  10. Beverly Crawford October 19, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    Oh yes, guide us all through this morass and lead us to tranquility!! From your mouth to God’s ear!

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:03 pm

      Thank you, Rob. When I meditate, I often try to picture this path in my mind. The sun, the beech trees, the myriad shades of green….what a beautiful place it was to meander along.

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  11. Ron. October 19, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    “…psalms in salient tranquility”
    Standout line in a FANTASTIC work, Lillian. My hat’s off.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:03 pm

      Thank you, Ron. What a wonderful comment to read! Truly appreciated.

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  12. Jo-Anne Teal October 19, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    I do love the idea of nature being the truth of life so being drawn to its serene balance seems the only logical way forward. Beautiful, Lillian.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Jo-Anne. I truly appreciate it!

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  13. Mish October 19, 2020 / 7:12 pm

    I love this as a daily prayer. Nature offers us so many metaphors for hope, strength and guidance. I enjoyed the gorgeous word choices, Lillian.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      Your comment made my day. Thank you! 🙂

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  14. Nancy Jahnke October 19, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    So beautiful!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:05 pm

      So nice to see you here! And so very glad you enjoyed this one 🙂 HUGS to you from Boston!

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  15. Dora October 19, 2020 / 8:35 pm

    “Psalms in salient tranquility” took my breath away, but all the images are one of grace accepted joyfully. Just beautiful!!

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you, Dora. What a wonderful comment to read. I truly appreciate it! 🙂

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  16. Tricia Sankey October 19, 2020 / 8:40 pm

    This flows so well and the end is fitting with the “land of grace.” I think when we find our true purpose things can fall in place. The problem is getting that compass working right!

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  17. lynn__ October 19, 2020 / 10:11 pm

    What a lovely psalm, Lillian, showing the pathway to peace…reminds me of David’s Psalm 23.

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  18. Ingrid October 20, 2020 / 12:46 am

    I love the half-rhyme of those final two lines, and also the idea of a ‘compass magnetised to truth’: for sure we are led to serenity, if we stay on that right path.

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:07 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this one, Ingrid. Often, when I’m meditating, I call up this path in my mind. The birch trees and the sun streaking through, it truly was as beautiful as this photos captured it.

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  19. Hank Kaykuala October 20, 2020 / 1:39 am

    Guide me through morass
    into a land of grace.

    As perfect as it is as a prayer. Great wordcraft Lillian!

    Hank

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you, Hank. So glad you enjoyed!

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    • lillian October 20, 2020 / 1:08 pm

      This place was indeed. I let my niece and husband walk way ahead and just meandered every so slowly to soak it in. It truly was as beautiful as the photo shows.

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  20. rivrvlogr October 20, 2020 / 3:10 pm

    Those “streams unseen but heard” are the truth, with their tranquility and grace. We would do well to listen to them.

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