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Inspiration - a poem

Updated on February 24, 2013

the tapestry of your body from heel

to halo is woven in heart and soul

you are hidden seams of gold in barren

landfills and dormant seeds in unploughed dirt

you unveil the sky’s demeanour to

the earth - the horizon seals the line

from valley to the peak’s caressing touch

you are inside the wailing ambulance

that steals every organ from death’s firm grip

stitching the wound round the entrails of

tattered hope- free from time’s slow butchery

in the cortex burns a sacred torch that

shines the precipice beside the dark edge

of things - what is not shows the thing that is

you pull the oceans and light the mountains

you bless the stars and call the moon to play

cathedral aisles echo songs of praise

your currencies of light and shade are spent

to purchase wealth from the dark nothingness

you are the balance where life weighs its worth

you are the discordant chord sweetly fit

in the russet mists of passionate dreams

you are the impossibility made

true you are something from nothing and the

alchemy and the witch's magical

brew – the breath of life the giver of all.


c.1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from O.Fr. inspiration, from L.L. inspirationem (nom. inspiratio), from L. inspiratus, pp. of inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in-"in" + spirare "to breathe"


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    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from England

      Thank-you Doug, hope to see the result ;]

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      This one starts strong and then really gets rolling. A well written ode to how inspiration inspires you. I feel like writing something now, so your inspiration has also inspired me. Cheers.

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Hey Mickey Dee, am rearranging my life after taking some redundancy (government cut backs) - the muse has flown from my head at the moment. I'm sure she'll come back when everything settles down again. Take care and keep cycling!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Bro! I've missed you and hope everything is OK! God bless you Sir!

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      8 years ago

      Love this poem!

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thanks for your kind words, Sherbet - hope to read more of yours soon.

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      Sherbet Penny 

      8 years ago from Galway, Ireland.

      "you pull the oceans and light the mountains

      you bless the stars and call the moon to play"

      Love it, great read hotspur, nice flow to the piece and even better read a second time.

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      8 years ago from England

      Thanks Petra, appreciate you reading and commenting.

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      I really enjoyed this beautiful poem. Thank you

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thanks nikki1 appreciate you stopping by.

      Micky, you're too kind.

      Vampgyrl, love those exclamation marks - many thanks for reading.

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      8 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

      Beautiful!!! :)

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Hotspur. You have a way with words!

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      8 years ago

      very deep..

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thank-you very much Invictus, glad the great spot was hit!

    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image


      8 years ago

      lovely! An inspirational weaving together! Thanks... really hit a great spot!

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Hey Dohn121 thanks for the supportive comments once again. Glad you found some reinvigoration there.

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      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I love the personification of inspiration here, hotspur. Thanks for reinvigorating all of us!

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      8 years ago from England

      Hey Larry glad you enjoyed, I'd say this was more purple phrased than my usual...hope it didn't fall into bombast along the way. Thanks again for your very kind words.

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      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Two lines stood out for me with their precision and message : " free from times slow butchery ", and " What is not shows the thing that is "....Bravo, Hotspur...truly inspiring...Thank you for this beautifully crafted poem...Larry

    • hotspur profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Thanks Cris appreciate your comment, thanks for reading.

      Thanks AuthorLMS, appreciate you taking the time to read.

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      8 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for sharing this with us!

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      This was a very spiritual read, almost like a prayer. Thanks for sharing :D


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