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The allegory of a spiritual journey~

Updated on February 9, 2016
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The orchard of youth

I am back in the orchard of youth again. I see beauty, strength and grace.~ CrisSp
I am back in the orchard of youth again. I see beauty, strength and grace.~ CrisSp | Source

Suddenly, the blades of age sweeps through me again

Sharp and scourging my face without pity

My eyes shut without permission

And opened up the keepsakes of my heart.


Then my mind is flooded with confusion

Fear contained my soul looking for direction

I refused to confront the mental challenges

Choices matter, I have to choose but why?


I journeyed back to the tree of my childhood

And raking memories feels like sniffing marigolds

I am back in the orchard of youth again

I see beauty, strength and grace. It was so peaceful!


I joyfully soaked myself with the spectacular sights

Of heaven on earth, calming and comforting

Smoothing my wrinkled face with happy days of my life

Full of summer skies and abundance of spring flowers.


I passed and ignored the obvious signs of death

And sins under the veil of pain and suffering

Disguised as wealth and fame – the pearl of great price

At least, I thought but I know now.


And so beyond my fair share

I scraped the claptrap from my heart

Where is the fullness of life and

Where do I go with the absence of faith and love?


Now and then, I’d pierced some gray clouds

And allow the cold winter breeze to touch my skin

Followed by rain as heavens declare

But again, I disobeyed the spirit’s voice.


The journey continued somewhere in the wild

Where I took a detour up in the valleys,

Down by the lake finding peace, courage and grace

Here I stopped and tilt my head towards the sky.


Where is the potent and active force of goodness

And the inner twinkle that was once there?

Why can I not feel the inner world and delight?

Could this be the allegory of a spiritual journey?

"The skies can't keep their secret! They tell it to the hills- the hills just tell the orchards- and they the daffodils." ~ Emily Dickinson

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. - J. Campbell

Do you agree with the above quote by J. Campbell?

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Copyright@ CrisSp~TM / 02-2016. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

© 2016 CrisSp

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      For me, it's a balance between not giving up on a dream and remaining open to possibilities.

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Shyron: Thank you for your most wonderful and generous comment.

      Hugs back to you my friend and as always, sending you some love from the sky. ~

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Faith dear, I'm blushing reading your comments. :) Thank you. Blessings to have you here in this page.

      Love from the sky~

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Cris, my beautiful friend in the sky

      How did I let this exquisite work of art

      Pass me by

      All who have read this piece

      Must surly be in awe

      Of this painting with your words we saw

      *

      *

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Oh my goodness, Cris,

      This is a masterpiece! Tremendous writing here. Hmm ...I will be sure to remember you when it comes to the Hubbie Awards this year. Your poetry just blows me away ...in a good way. You are a brilliant talent. Hugs

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior: I like your energy Sha! Thank you for always coming by.

      Love from the sky~

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Cris, this is beautiful. I think we all go through bouts of uncertainty throughout life. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned. It is then we must redirect and make the best of what is right in front of us. Then we can grow, bringing beauty and hope with us along our new path.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Deb dear, love your comments.

      Love from the sky~

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      You said so much here. We are all on assorted journeys, some long, some short. They appear to be all pieces of the greater puzzle and all leave us with some kind of message. Very well done!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Missy Smith: Thank you. Sending you some love from the sky. ~

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vasantha T k: So true! Thank you!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      DaveOnline: My pleasure to share. Thank you for your readership and I really hope you enjoyed it.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Dr Pran Rangan: Thank you for your valuable points. You're right and I couldn't agree more on you that, "if we accept life as it is NOW, our life will be wonderful." We just have to keep it mind.

      My pleasure to share. Thank you for reading.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Alicia! I appreciate you reading and relating to my sentiments and by saying so, you speak gently to a woman's heart.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ahorseback: Thank you. You've paid me the highest compliment with your thoughtful words. My "love from the sky" is something I'd like my friends and readers to remember when I'm gone. :)

      And so to you, love and twinkle from the sky~ :)

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ruchira: Hello and thank you.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      cleaner3: Thank you for your most interesting comment. I like your thoughts.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      MizBejabbers: Thank you for the compliments and for your thoughts on J. Campbell's quote. Yes, it can be a real wake up call without the snooze button and you're right about the ego. More often, it want something else. :)

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      My pleasure. I see here that I tried to tell you of my birthday yesterday in poetry ...I see that our poems have similar takes. You're a great mind and soul, CrisSp. Still beautiful!!

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      billybuc: Thank you. Hugs back from the frozen north! :)

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      manatita44: I like your take on it: "All plans are transitory; ephemeral ...God is eternal." -- thank you for reading and leaving such an enlightening comment.

      Sending you some love from the sky~

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      A beautiful poem that expressed many insightful feelings I think all we humans have at times in our lives. Beautifully written.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ericdierker: Thank you Eric for the compliments much more for your engaging comments. I like your take in here: "Man plans and God laughs". Might as well join HIM now in laughing. :)

      Love from the sky~

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      vasantha T k 21 months ago from Bangalore

      I liked the picture and the poem. Life is a journey of challenges and always yearning for peace and happiness.

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      David Edward Lynch 21 months ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for sharing your poem - it is inspiring and you've asked some meaningful questions, one's I ask myself sometimes.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 21 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Very beautiful poem.

      I consider the life to be a spiritual journey as everything in the Universe has an essence of Supreme power. But irony is that we don't accept it. We enjoy the ups in life but don't accept the downs, which add so much spirituality to our life.

      If we accept life as it is NOW, our life will be wonderful.

      A great quote by J. Campbell.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a thought provoking and meaningful poem for me. I've felt the same way as you at times. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such an interesting and beautiful way.

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      ahorseback 21 months ago

      CrisSp , Eric my friend above, said it perfectly , no matter the faith ,

      " Man plans and god laughs " However , My OTHER friend CrisSp , is a planner I'm sure ! Yet , I know that with all the insight of the awesome woman and her "love from the sky" I suspect you know things beyond wisdom , beyond this life and beyond the yearning of even a poet and her amazing words !............Yup, yur a poet !

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      Ruchira Khanna 21 months ago

      Absolutely loved your lyrics on this beautiful sentiment.

      xoxo

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      cleaner3 21 months ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      beautiful poetry .... I often face these thoughts in my own experience... peace comes from knowing you are mortal and this shell that carries my soul will release me to go on in my journey to the Lord...

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      MizBejabbers 21 months ago

      We older folks can appreciate the sentiment expressed here probably more than the younger ones. I think it's perfect. Perfectly beautiful. I do think that Campbell's quote can be a real wakeup call. Sometimes a person's soul contract leads them on a different path from that desired by ego.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, this is like a universal message that everyone can understand, and nod their heads and say "I've felt like that." Very nicely done, my friend.

      blessings and hugs from Olympia

      bill

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Yes, I support J Campbell. Sri Chinmoy taught us that even God is not bound by plans, that He can, and changes His plan from time to time. Actually, even the Devotee of the Lord, although beginning with purpose, realises along the way, that he lives only for Loves' sake and motive disappears. There is only the Eternal Now.

      All plans are transitory; ephemeral ...God is eternal.

      Such a beauty that you've written here, CrisSp. Brilliant; superb! I really love it. An exquisite poem. Good old Emily would be proud of you from Heaven.

      I'm experiencing your subtle fears. People are giving me seats on buses and trains, and the mirror and photography, have lost their kindness. Tomorrow, Feb 1oth, I'll be dancing one more dance. Some ...4, I believe. Ha ha. Send me your loving wishes.

      Say, I can rub the Spring flowers on your face (chuckle, chuckle ..) I need some, too. Love you, CrisSp!

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What artistry with words. It is interesting that the words take us on a journey that is partly forlorn. Yet in the words there is such beauty that it lifts me up.

      Man plans and God laughs. As I look back and also know how happy I am today - I say to myself; I sure am glad those plans did not work out.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Jodah. This should have been posted in the beginning of the year but just didn't get the chance. However, it feels good to be back. Great to see you and thank you for your comments. I am also glad that you can (somehow) relate. :) Yes, yes, for the now!

      Love from the sky~

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is beautiful poetry Cris. You express thoughts that I think we all experience at some time as we age. It is inevitable, but we just have to concentrate on the now and enjoy life to the best of our ability.

      J.Campbell's quote is sometimes true but not always. Occasionally the life you plan and the one waiting for you are the same. Good work.