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Original Poems: Anticipating Spring's Arrival

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Writing poetry became my major composing activity circa 1962, and taking a creative writing class in 1963-64 deepened my growing interest.

Redbuds

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Introduction: Four Poems Celebrating the Arrival of Spring

Versions of these poems appear in my first published book of poems, Singing in the Silence: Poems of Faith. I offer them today in anticipation of the coming of spring, 2017.

The poems celebrate the resurrection of the earth and offer gratitude to the Divine Creator for His abundant love for and skill in manifesting newness and warmth after a barren season of decay and death.

The final word offers a brief description of each state of "Delight," literally "of light," as dramatizes in each poem offering.

Invitation

"The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success." —Paramahansa Yogananda

Into my garden of weeds
Come, Eternal Gardener—
Teach me to plant & prune fine foliage.
Show me where to set the lilies & tulips
& where the roses should grow.
Guide my choices of herbs and vegetables.
Give me knowledge of fertilizer and fences.
Into my garden of words
Come, Eternal Poet—
Make my poems exude divine ardor.
Fashion my thoughts to bow at your feet.
Make my images spout living waters
From an enlightened fount
To refresh all who dip a cup.

In My Spiritual Garden

"The ordinary man considers solids and liquids and the energy manifestations of the material world to be vastly different, but the yogi sees them as various vibrations of the one cosmic light." —Paramahansa Yogananda

In my spiritual garden
I walk with you when the sun is medicine
And the rain suckles the beets & corn.
I walk with you between the rows of memories
Where love holds you between peppers & tomatoes.
I walk with you along the fence
And touch your hand & step across
Thinking of you as I pick the peas,
Still thinking of you as I weed
The beans & cucumbers.
I walk with you & with every silent step
And every moment of your absence
That would weaken the faith of one
Less in love, my love grows deep
Like the roots of the bamboo & my love
Grows straight like the stalks of asparagus.
In my spiritual garden I will always grow you
In the medicine sun & the suckling rain.

Divine Gardener

"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." —Paramahansa Yogananda

After we scoop the soil
over the seeds
& sprinkle the water
& pluck the weeds,
you will tend the growing
& tempt the eye with green
& yellow peppers,
& tempt the tongue
with onions & corn,
& invite us to taste your flesh
in cucumbers & tomatoes.
I will stand at the edge of the garden,
my lips & tongue tending the silence
I learn to thank you with.

My Divine Beloved

"The soul is individualized spirit." —Paramahansa Yogananda

When spring comes
Tilling the ground
I will plant seeds
And think of you
You are earth
You build my body.
When spring comes
Showering young plants
I will sing with raindrops
And think of you
You are water
You carry my life.
When spring comes
Warming my limbs
I will brown my skin
And think of you
You are fire
You inflame my heart.
When spring comes
Swirling on the wind
I will lean into it
And think of you
You are air
You clear my mind.
When spring comes
Rising from winter's tomb
I will sing devotion
And think of you
You are my Divine Beloved
You revive my soul.

A Concluding Word: The Four Stages of "Delight"

The first stage of "Delight" opens the heart to joy with an "Invitation." The mere possibility of joy further opens the heart to faith. The Divine Creator created the Creation and rooted it in love.

The second stage of "Delight" observes the growing of divine qualities in the heart and mind that correspond to the soul's eternal atmosphere of love and delight. The observer commands a rare space on the earth, acknowledges the efficacy of the soil, and renders gratitude for the order of all things "In My Spiritual Garden."

The third stage of "Delight" continues the rendering a gratitude that results in the ability to further learn and grown in body, mind, and soul qualities. As it recognizes that it is only "My Divine Beloved" who exists, the soul bows and flows into the cosmos of Divine Reality.

The fourth stage of "Delight" cognizes "My Divine Beloved" as the doer of all things, the creator of all things, and the only Reality. The body, mind, and soul unite in the wisdom of the Beloved's presence, experiencing the ever-new bliss of soul revival.

SRF Lake Shrine, Windmill Chapel

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Life Sketch of Linda Sue Grimes

The Windmill Chapel

In the temple of silence
By the lake, we sit
In stillness, meditating
In divine Bliss.

Returning to our daily minds,
We walk out into the sunshine,
And the flowers greet us.

The Literary Life

After graduating from Centerville Senior High School in Centerville, Indiana, in 1964, Linda Sue Grimes completed her baccalaureate degree with a major in German at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1967. She married Ronald Grimes on March 10, 1973.

As a writer, Grimes focuses on poetry, short fiction, politics, spirituality, and vegan/vegetarian cooking, which results in her original veggie recipes.

Literary Studies

Although music was her first love, Grimes considers herself primarily a literary specialist as she creates her own poetry, studies the poetry and literary arts of classic writers, and writes commentaries about classic poems.

However, Grimes does continue to express her love of music by writing her own original songs, which she records, accompanying herself on guitar or keyboard. She shares her musical compositions at SOUNDCLOUD.

After completing the PhD degree in British, American, and World Literature with a cognate in Rhetoric/Composition at Ball State University in 1987, Grimes taught English composition in the English Department at BSU as a contractual assistant professor from 1987 until 1999.

Publishing History

Grimes has published poems in many literary journals, including Sonoma Mandala, Rattle, and The Bellingham Review. She has published three books of poems: Singing in the Silence, Command Performance, and Turtle Woman & Other Poems, and a book of fables titled Jiggery-Jee's Eden Valley Stories.

Grimes published her first cookbook in the spring of 2013, titled The Rustic Veggie-Table: 100 Vegan Recipes. She is working on a second cookbook and her fourth book of poems.

Currently, at Owlcation, Grimes (Maya Shedd Temple) posts her poetry commentaries. On LetterPile, she shares her creative writing of poems and short fiction, along with prose commentaries on each piece. She posts recipes resulting from her experimental cooking of vegan/vegetarian dishes. on Delishably. She posts her politically focused pieces at Soapboxie, and her commentaries focusing on music at Spinditty. Pieces on the writing process appear at Hobbylark.

Spirituality

Linda Sue Grimes has been a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda and a member of his organization, Self-Realization Fellowship, since 1978. A Kriyaban since 1979, she has completed the four Kriya Initiations, and she continues to study the teachings and practice the yoga techniques as taught by the great spiritual leader, who is considered to be the "Father of Yoga in the West."

Grimes practices the chants taught by the guru accompanying herself on the harmonium. She serves at her local SRF Meditation Group as one of the chant leaders.

Online Literary Presence

In addition to the contributions of her literary works to Owlcation, LetterPile, and SOUNDCLOUD, Grimes also curates her original creative literary pieces at her literary home, Maya Shedd Temple, on Medium, where she features her creative writing without commentaries.

Grimes also maintains an additional online presence on Facebook and Twitter.

© 2017 Linda Sue Grimes

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  • Maya Shedd Temple profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Sue Grimes 

    19 months ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, David. Yes, I have several of my original poems on HubPages. Most are with fairly thorough prose commentaries . . . thanks again, have a blessed day!

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    whonunuwho 

    19 months ago from United States

    I enjoyed your work here my friend. I did not know you were a poet, although I've seen many well knowns posted by you. Thank you for sharing your work.Blessings to you and yours. whonu

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