The Soul Speaks-A Series of Poems About Life

The Soul Speaks is a set of five short poems I have written throughout the past five years. They reflect my response to my spiritual work including my retreat and meditation practice.


On Loneliness

Loneliness, I know thee well.

Take your place then, here in my heart,

The empty space in the far corner.

Your presence is a familiar face.






Which of us hasn't had loneliness show up at our doorstep? Deep within each of us we have to face the unavoidable fact that we are alone. We are born into this world alone, yes…even if we are part of a multiple birth-we are individually aided into the world…and we will experience the journey to meet death alone as well. In this poem, I acknowledge this well-worn path as that of an old, familiar friend.


The heart has the capacity to hold all things.
The heart has the capacity to hold all things. | Source
Grief can touch us to the core of our Being.
Grief can touch us to the core of our Being. | Source

On Grief

Just like the clouds

That brings showers to the desert lands,

So, it is with grief…

Pouring tears onto a parched soul;

Breaking the heart wide open.


Grief is a universal emotion that knows no boundary of age, country, or gender. When grief strikes it can appear as a wound that will never heal. It constricts the heart and cuts off breath, life, and the will to go on. Numbness may freeze our motivation to move forward; when we do take action we may respond in a robotic manner-merely going through the motions. What is the key to ‘grief relief’? Only through experiencing the pain, and weeping for one’s loss, will the heart melt into life once more.





On Passion

It’s a hot fire

And, I do not want to put it out.

I have waited all of my ordinary life

For this burning inferno…

Let it rage on!






Oh Passion! What would we do without you? We would have no art, no music, and no great novels to read…we would have no LOVE! Passion comes in many forms, as individual as people who express their passion. Passion brings color to our otherwise, mundane lives. Just think how alive you feel when you have embarked on an interest that you have become passionate about. You don’t care if you eat, sleep, or employ common sense-with passion comes wild abandon!


Let the fire of passion rage on!
Let the fire of passion rage on! | Source
Morning meditation practice
Morning meditation practice | Source

On Awakening

In the stillness of the morning,

Before the birds begin to sing,

I lay awake with Presence

Aware this is my Being.


What is sweeter than to awaken in the morning to the sound of birds singing? It is to awaken to the awareness of who we are-to be fully awake to our very soul. In the early morning hours, before my feet touch the floor, I sense into my body, aware of Divine Presence, which is what I am-what we all are. One does not have to be a Holy Man, a Shaman, a Clergy, or a Medicine Woman to know one’s true nature. One does not have to be a part of a religious organization or meditate for hours on end to feel one’s Divine spirit. One is Divine Presence-waiting for contact and attention from us.




Grace
Grace | Source

On Meeting One's Own Self

I asked, as we met,

“Who is this?”

As she lay the Babe in my arms.

“It is you,” she replied,

So, I held her close,

And wept a thousand tears.

This is a very special poem that I wrote after a particularly tender and heartfelt realization of my Divine nature. Written in 2006 two years after I began the particular spiritual path I have been on since 2004.



All original work of this hub owned by Denise Handlon. No portion of this hub or the original five poems presented in this hub may be copied, printed or reproduced in any manner without the expressed written permission of the author.




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Charu Bhatnagar 5 years ago from India

Superb collection and different.Loved the last one especially- "On Meeting my own self". :-)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I loved your passion and of course loneliness. The pictures are awesome. You seem to have traded the right path of spirituality.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

It is early morning here in the U.S. I was just ready to go to sleep when I thought I would review this hub I just posted. Imagine what a pleasant surprise I had when I saw your two comments here. :) Thanks!

Charu-I think that one will always have a very special place in my heart. I can still get choked up with tears when I read it-the soul remembers...The image is of my youngest granddaughter.

Vinaya-Thank you for your wonderful comments. I spents some time this evening walking around my house trying to find objects to photograph in order to finish this hub, LOL I'm pleased with the results. Yes, this soul work is pulling me in deeper and deeper and (as I was talking with my spiritual teacher today) it is showing up in my writing more frequently.


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Charu Bhatnagar 5 years ago from India

Oh, your youngest grand daughter's image? So sweet. :-)


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phillippeengel 5 years ago

Succinct and lyrical. A great hub indeed.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes Charu--as I was stating to Vinaya-I was walking around trying to find an appropriate 'object' to symbolize the poem and discovered this photo I had in my study. It was perfect for the tiny babe.

Hi Phillippeengel-thank you for reading. :)


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

Huge hugs and thank you

Kimberly


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i do weep also a thousand tears by reading your poem...oh, this moves me...you are a great poem Denise and i'm so glad i've found you in this intricate world...


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

wow a nice little collection.. thank you for sharing...:)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

One of my friends - writers has written a letter to herself back in time, to teenager's self

from today's experience and perspective...it was such a beautiful and profound letter, your writing reminds me of it...thank you:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent work, Denise. Voted up.


Patty Daniels 5 years ago

I enjoy reading your writing, Denise, but in two of these last items you published I was bothered by your use of the verb "lie". It is not an easy verb to conjugate, but I think it's worth using properly; I am always distracted from whatever I'm reading when the verb is misused. My best regards to you.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

A beautiful collection of poems Denise, thank you for sharing and voting up.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

You expressed life well--beautiful choice of words. Thanks for sharing.


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Denise, I so enjoyed reading these poems - they are just lovely.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful. These five collections are wonderful…retrospective, wisdom and realization that come softly yet unerringly acute in spiritual awareness and truth.

This one took my breath away:

“I asked, as we met,

“Who is this?”

As she lay the Babe in my arms.

“It is you,” she replied,

So, I held her close,

And wept a thousand tears.”

Up and across the board. :-)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Kimberly-thank you for stopping by...always a sweet visit.

raciniwa-your response touches me, thank you.

Hi Frank-nice seeing you here. I hope you go back to my profile page and catch the others I've left this week for the contest. :)

Beata-nice to meet you; it is funny you should mention this because when I retrieved the poem from my journal there was a later entry addressing myself as that young girl you speak of. I almost added it here but decided to hold off. Thank you for your feedback.

Thank you Will, for your comment and vote. :)

Patty-thank you for reading. I'm always open to constructive criticism/feedback; appreciate it. You must be referring to two other pieces...would you mind emailing me with the titles so I can amend the piece? Thanks.

Movie Master-thank you for reading and commenting.

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, Anglnwu. :)

Hi Phyllis, thank you for your feedback.

Genna-you were touched by the one that is very special to me as well...I tear up every time I read it. I really bawled when I wrote it! :) Thanks for your thoughtful comment and vote.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful poetry Denise. Very tender and meaningful...


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ruby-thank you for reading. :)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Oh, Denise, this is so lovely, glad to be reading this before going to sleep. The poem on meeting one's self made my eyes misty and made me catch my breath a little because I totally resonate with this. BTW, The photos combined with the words creates an emotional impact.

Voted up and beautiful!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This touched my core, Denise, especially the poem about grief and the photo of Grace. Each poem was excellent and I loved the way you arranged all of them so artfully into the hub. Just beautiful. Voted up across the board except for funny.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Marie, thank you for your valuable feedback. (It's my favorite of the group-the last one). I'm glad to read the comment about the photos. I worked hard at trying to choose just the right photoe for each one. The infant at the end of the hub, was the most challenging until I found my granddaughter, cheersa.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Gail, for reading and commenting. It has actually been a risk for me to present some of the poems I have these past several days. Prior to this contest I had not shared them with anyone.

As I was mentioning to Marie, I experimented with the organization, layout and size, position...etc, until I came up with something different from what I usually do. I felt it deserved that added attention so, as much as possible, each poem was presented in a way that it could stand out from the other ones on the page.

I'm so glad these resonated with you and Marie. That makes me feel pleased that it has touched people the way it had me.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Denise,

You definitely achieved your goal! And you answered a question that was in my mind but that I didn't ask- why hadn't you posted these beautiful poems before? You and I seem to be following a similar spiritual path and in my own mind the answer would be, "Now is exactly the right time for them to be shared with others. I am ready and there are readers out there who will be touched by them."

Thanks again for sharing this gift of poetry and spirituality that you have with all of us on Hub Pages and anyone else who may find this hub through an internet search. I have no doubt that it will touch those who need this wisdom at just the right time in their lives to give inspiration.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

You're very kind, Gail. I would have to agree with you-similar career choice and similar spiritual practices. It's amazing, isn't it? As I have aged, the calling of my soul has grown louder...it's a call that I heard ages ago while raising my children, but that took my attention.

In the spiritual work I do now, it teaches awareness in daily living. It makes it so much simpler to live life this way, and more natural. I do recall...but, it is hard to remember what it was like 'before' this spiritual path. Very different.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Denise

This was so wonderful and it touched on many things of the heart. I just loved it..My favorite part was this...

"I asked, as we met,

“Who is this?”

As she lay the Babe in my arms.

“It is you,” she replied,

So, I held her close,

And wept a thousand tears."

It made me think how we are strangers to ourselves and cry out for many years and yearn for that little one inside our souls..Wanting to know who we are? Once we meet the person who has been there all along, it is truly an emotional day..Thank you for sharing this so much.

Love,

Sunnie


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie-thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, it is a blessed day when we recognize and acknowledge that one within. It is a very special poem for me. Thanks.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Five touching and well written poems. Wonderful!

I love the one titled 'loneliness'

i felt something reading it. Awesome


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Denise! Your wonderful spirit permeates within your writing and gives the reader a new outlook. Thank you so much for helping find our divine nature as we learn more about and move along our spiritual path. Beautiful words in beautiful poems. Voted up, up and away!


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

beautiful! what more can I say? I was very moved by them all. voted up and beautiful.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

I'm glad you enjoyed these poems, Ubani. If you felt something stirring from the reading that makes me happy.

Hi Dexter-thank you for your kind words and votes up. :)

Annie-I appreciate your reading and votes up. I'll see you in the forums!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I like those 3 poems, but allow me to cling more to positivity of Awakening.

It's but a pure communion with the Lord.

Thanks for sharing, Ms. D. :D


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Travel-Man, thank you for stopping by and reading. I liked your comment and experience you shared.


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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

I love your transition from sad feelings to rebirth. Great work! Voted up, etc.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Brittany. Actually, these five separate poems were written from 2006 thru this year. I arranged them in this particular order to do exactly that: bring the despair out first and end with the passion and 'rebirth', as you said.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You take us on a life journey here, all 5 poems are exceptional but the last 'On Meeting One's Own Self' is my absolute favourite. That little verse conveys so much in so few words.

I am pleased to have read these before I go to bed, they give me a feeling of peace.

Beautiful Denise. goodnight


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, Rosemay, for your kind words. I'm happy that these five poems touched you. 'On meeting one's own self' is also my favorite...it is very special to me. :)Good night.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What a beautiful collection of poetry Denise. Brilliant work.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

acaetnna-so nice to see you. Thank you for reading...and your kind words.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

Beautiful. Your words have power and emotion. Very nicely done.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello rebekahElle, thank you for taking the time to read this and comment. I appreciate it. :)


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Like.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, B. I appreciate you reading and commenting.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear Denise, I am speechless (almost.) You form the most beautiful path with your words of emotion and passion. Tears welled up in my eyes as you struck a very familiar chord in my heart. I adore your poetry. Your tender love shines through and touches the reader in such a way that each person feels you've written just for them.

Voted up and pushed every button except for funny. I'm linking this to my earlier poem on "Illusion in a safety net." Also shared on twitter.


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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Life is really as mystery for us ....we born alone and one day we will go alone from this world...loneliness is part of every once life ..........

Soul is another mystery given by God to us.......we cann't see soul but because of that we are alive.......

very touchy topic been discuss by Denis.....thanks for your such an nice poem


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yellowstar2000 4 years ago from WestCoast Florida

thank you Denise for sharing such beautiful heartfelt words.... I too was touched by all of your poetry... :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Audrey-I'm so touched by your comments. Thank you...simply, "Thank you"


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Carrie-thank you for your thoughtful feedback on the topics of these poems. You're correct, we are born alone and we die alone-it is each of our individual life cycles. And, yes...the soul is a mystery, a beautiful mystery and journey. Thanks for commenting.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yellowstar2000-thank you for reading this poetry. I'm glad that they resonated with you. Namaste.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful collection of poems on life. Great write, voted up.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Vellur, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for the vote.

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