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The Eternal Touch... A Poem.

Updated on March 25, 2012

Not part of...we are the universe!

Life is to be part of all we feel and see...
Life is to be part of all we feel and see...

Our complete journey revealed in a dream

The Eternal Touch

I closed my weary eyes today
and after a moment’s pause,
my body seemed to expand,
just like diaphanous gauze.

Larger and larger I became,
Until I could not be seen:
except as an ephemeral mist,
with a pale, transluscent sheen.

In this vision, or so it seemed,
I became as one with the stars;
in the primal soup of the universe;
at the birth of Venus and Mars.

I hung poised as the world stood still;
then like water down a drain,
every molecule known as "me,"
Flowed back together again.

Rushed together, but would not stay
at my customary size.
I continued to shrink and shrink:
soon unseen by human eyes.

Here I found in my minute state;
even smaller than a quark:
inside was another universe,
softly glowing in the dark.

Reluctantly, I then awoke,
from this extraordinary reverie:
glad to have felt the eternal touch,
But content (for a while) to be me.

from "Charged Particles"
by Robert Challen de Mercer



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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I have two budgies. Damn! All this planning and dreaming for nowt!

      We have just had the worst sea conditions for 60 years, too. High wind driven tides and a huge storm surge that has had a hundred homes sliding into the North Sea. Britain is being eaten away to the tune of maybe 20 feet a year. All our immigrants will soon be living in boats.

      Careful you don't slip up aged bones do not easily hearts. Is the sprog coming home for Christmas? We should go on a cruise one day.

      You are sooo mysterious, Misty...I'll have to quiz Shyron about you!


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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting. Surprised I haven't seen this before. You must have been hiding it . . .

      Well Sir, the holidays aren't the big deal they once were for me. My daughter is grown up and I am poor, so I don't even put up a tree. There was a time when I started decorating in October in order to get it all done with some time to enjoy all my work, but no more. Now other things hold my attention.

      I do like cool temperatures and rain, clouds, breezes that are lazy or blustery, and snow, so long as it doesn't last too long. We have since Thursday and Friday experienced a severe ice storm and it was the worst I've ever seen here in Texas. I could have lived my entire life without it and not felt deprived a bit. Schools were closed Friday. The ice is easily 3 inches thick on the ground and a good solid 1/4" thick on everything else.

      I suspect you have a critter in your home. A cat or a bird or some such thing, and I am allergic to them, so spending time there wouldn't work. I'd be there for a couple of minutes and then off to the hospital . . .

      Glad you are well xox

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      An excellent poem about assorted life in general. Wonderful!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi...we are visiting each other's poems today!

      I'll never be "together," is anyone? I find equilibrium for a moment and then chaos returns.

      The main problem as you age and friends, lovers, opportunities drop away, is black, stark crazy-making loneliness. But I have had my day and how!


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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      What a great poem, sorry it took me so long to find it! Hmmm, are you back together yet or still wandering the universe?

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Sonia..Thank you, that is so sweet,

      Qudsia A comment re poetry from you is a compliment indeed.


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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Amazing thoughts of the universe.

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      Sonya L Morley 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Beautiful, true, interesting. You have a real talent. Voted up.

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Jools. Yu know, it's strange. Sometimes you can labor over an article for days and it evokes little interest, then you do something like publish this small verse that I wrote ages ago and it clicks.

      Ain't no rhyme not reason to it (?) and that's what makes HP so much fun


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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Moonfroth: With this lovely comment, you have made my morning, too.

      When you have lived as many years as we have, there's lots bottled-up searching for the right trigger to let it flow.


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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      Wow, I'm not much one for using the word 'awesome' but it suits here Bob. Just breathtaking and I love the idea of being at one with the stars.

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      Clark Cook 6 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Wow! Bob, you're becoming my Renaissance Man: Heaven knows (sorry about that!) where your amazing talents will take us next. A fine poem--as Pamela observed, in RHYME I'm not keen on rhyme in modern poetry--probably 'cause I can't do it--but here the rhyme is natural, integral, in no way contrived or arbitrary. Tthank you. You made my morning!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico


      Very happy you found it so and told me.


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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks Cathylynn.

      You know, I wrote this poem nearly 40 years ago. Now. science has proved with particle physics the "dream," (or my vision) is in line with current theory.


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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      i've always held that we are stardust. you say it so well.

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      Ov Overo 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is interesting.. Really interesting

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks Pam and Barnsey


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      Barnsey 6 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Reminds me of my first experience with astral projection, ephemeral and intriguing! Great Poem!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Extraordinary reverie! Indeed. You've explained or described your feelings on this so extraordinarily and in rhyme yet. What a feat.