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There was…


There was a man

so wise

that every time he 


he always limped

and the whole universe limped too


There was a woman

so whole

that every time she


the skies always settled

and the churning seas would settle too


There was a past perfect

so present

that every time it 


it always returned

and the bygone future returned too


There was a flower

so beautiful

that every time it


it always opened

and the blossoming of understanding would open too

Explosion in Pink. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Explosion in Pink. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Explosion in Pink. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Explosion in Pink. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. where did my comment go? I’ll say it again. This is a lovely site, the photos and the lay-out, and this wonderful poem “Once there was…” is delightful. I love a poem that grabs me, and grabs again at the end of the second or third reading.


  2. very moving, beautiful, wonderful, Thomas. You are some kind of “Rilke” now. Have a wonderful week-end, regards Mitza


    • Thank you, Mitza! Rilke! Hoping your weekend is magical! 🙂

      from the poetry of Archibald MacLeish:

      The Infinite Reason

      Rilke thought it was the human part
      To translate planet into angel —
      Bacteria of mortal heart

      Fermenting, into something rich and strange,
      The orchard at home, the sky above Toledo:
      Sight into soul was what we lived to change.

      The key, he told us, was the angel’s need,
      Not our necessity — and yet
      No angel answered for his heart to feed.

      The truth is nearer to the true than that.
      The truth is, the necessity is ours.
      Man is creature to whom meaning matters.

      Until we read these faces, figures, flowers,
      These shapes averted from us that all vanish,
      Everything vanishes — a swarm of hours

      Swirling about a bonfire that began
      When? Why? To end where? And for what?

      Miser of meanings in the stars, O man

      Who finds the poem moonlight has forgotten!
      Eternity is what our wanderers gather,
      Image by image, out of time — the cut

      Branch that flowers in the bowl. Our father,
      Thou who ever shalt be, the poor body
      Dying at every ditch hath borne Thee, Father.

      Our human part is to redeem the god
      Drowned in this time of space, this space
      That time encloses.

      From the Tyrrhenian flood
      The floated marble, the cold human face!


      • thanks a lot for sending me this wonderful poem, Thomas, wishing you a wonderful weekend, regards Mitza

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