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My Place of Solitude

Updated on November 8, 2013
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My Place of Solitude

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Crystal water babbling softly

over grey stones weathered smooth,

the water finding its way to lower ground,

searching for the stillness of tranquillity,

and I, lost in thought,

imbibe the gentleness of nature,

like a lullaby,

trickling water, the ring of a distant bell bird,

rustling grasses nudged by a light zephyr,

all find my ears as an alluring whisper.


Here, even the bark from a nearby tree seems to speak,

crackling as it peals away, expanding in the warmth of day,

and I imagine the hum of insects within it,

going about their day, foraging, surviving,

and I am struck by perfection,

without consideration, doubt or fear, life ensues,

and my heart slows and I exhale,

the weight of human living somehow eased,

and I'm reassured, knowing the cycle continues,

this ebb and flow of life.


Nothing is wasted, everything has purpose in this world,

a fallen tree consumed to be the platform for other life,

leaves decaying to become nutrients,

death simply a beginning, never an end,

with no sadness or regret, just the process of life instilled,

and within this solace I see how petty are our human aspirations,

when nature exists in perfect form, perfect process,

without even the will to contend, be better,

just the acceptance of life shared, in complete balance,

and I feel humbled, foolish in comparison.


My special place is everything I am not,

and it shows me how life could be,

if not for human arrogance and greed,

when all we need do is live in harmony,

within the laws of nature,

sharing resources, respecting all life

and the cycles that govern the natural world,

rather than destroy, pillage and deplete

what we have been given in trust,

to better understand and survive this miracle of life.



We need to find peace within ourselves, and sometime finding it is as easy as remembering that special place.

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      Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Chris. I'm glad you appreciate the work. I don't spend much time these days here on HubPages, as my writing and income is derived from other sites. But I have quite a collection of my works here and I appreciate your words. Take care.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I purposely chose this to be the first poem I read in your HP collection. I suppose that is because this is what I do, and I am looking for the very things you have described. Thanks for the thoughts you have conveyed and for the way you have so beautifully and neatly wrapped them.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I purposely chose this poem to be the first to read from your collection here on HubPages. That's because I spend so much time seeking just what you have described in just the very way you have written. And I've found the same things to be true. Thanks for wrapping it all in such a beautiful poem.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you whonu; its a simple, much expressed thought, but the world is still not listening.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      It even rhymed Jodah. (Your reply that is) Glad you liked the message my friend.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Totally agree with the message of this home. A passionate and worthy plea. Your special place is an awesome place to be.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      I appreciate your thoughts and message in this welcomed poetry of life and what life should be. Thank you for sharing your innermost thoughts, my friend. whonu

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