Wednesday, April 3, 2013

On the Outside Looking In...

(on one side of the window the beauty of duty; on the other, desire)

The quote below struck me again with quickening force as I gazed to the out-doors while spring-cleaning my kitchen...

“I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings”

 Helen Keller quotes

Sometimes standing on the outside looking in
Is enough for me
And I let the river of season-beauty
Wash its significance rampantly
Over parts of me that have not yet learned
To inhale then relinquish what cannot be returned

The limb outside my window
Burgeons with the budded croon
And nucleus of summer
Where its dappled shadow-swoon
Will rivet me; awed spectator
Twixt the beauty and the bliss
Spell-bound by the Creator
Of life’s little moment-kiss

And suddenly the outside
Is a robe of searing pain
I am a lonely beggar
Cold and hungry in the rain
As I yearn for the inside
Reaching for the mystic heart
Of something, keen, immortal
Of which earth can have no part

© Janet Martin


  1. "life's little moment-kiss"

    Really like that phrase.

    And I especially love the ending, too.


  2. Thank-you:0 There was so much I felt and it still got longer than I wanted it to, to lead up to the ending, but thank-you so much for your kind words.


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