Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Charles Ghigna - Be Still in the World

Be Still in the World
Charles Ghigna

Be still in the world wherever you are,
Listen to life’s lullaby;
The heartbeat, the breathing, the giving, receiving,
The sun and the moon and the star.

They all shine true through the essence of you,
A beacon of boundless light;
The father, the mother, the sister, the brother,
All are within you tonight.

Let the flow of the seas, the lilt of the breeze,
The rush and the calm of all time
Carry your dreams along rivers and streams
And let you be still where you are.

©2011 Charles Ghigna. All rights reserved.

Well, I feel still. Don't you feel still? It has actually taken me a long time to even write this... yet I've had this poem for weeks. I guess that's the "power of words" we hear about all the time. I also guess it's no surprise, since Charles Ghigna had a similar impact here two years ago with part of his "A Poem Is..." series, and in countless books, poems, and other writing, too.

Now, as a slight aside, I was angry with Charles on Valentine's Day when he posted a love poem to his wife that raised the bar so high that the rest of us (okay, fine... at least me!) felt like we should just rip up whatever we'd written. To anyone. Ever. Just ONCE couldn't he keep his poetry to himself instead of sharing it? I swear. But, of course the poem was so good that I couldn't stay angry, just like I can't be anything other than thrilled to have Charles Ghigna here again as part of 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday we encountered Dinosaur Dung by Elaine Magliaro. Tomorrow... Laura Purdie Salas with How to Talk to a Girl.  For more information on 30 Poets/30 Days and how to follow along, please click here.


tanita✿davis said...

This poem makes me feel insubstantial, and carried along, above the world, on the wind of poetry. It truly is a lullaby, a slow dance, really. Lovely.

Catherine Johnson said...

That is beautiful!

Joyce Sidman said...

Ahhhh . . . thanks, Charles. And Greg. So enjoying this daily poetry.

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

I loved that one. thank you

Emily said...

This was beautiful and I would like to read the Valentine's Day love poem you mentioned. Where can I find it?

Vicki Palmquist said...

It's beautiful, Charles. Thanks for lifting my wings today.

Charles Waters said...

Father Goose has done it again!

MotherReader said...

Lovely poem, and fitting for me personally as I look to practice more mindfulness. Thanks for sharing it.

Tricia said...

Hi Stranger!
See, here's what I love about being on your mailing list. Even when I'm ignoring the rest of the world, I still get poetry goodness in my mailbox. On the downside, I read all kinds of good stuff and fail to come here and comment. Well, I'm here now.

Thanks for all the poetry goodness you've been sharing this month.

This one fits so well with the poetry stretch this week of peace. How did you know I needed this poem today?

Amy L V said...

This poem is a healer. Thank you, Charles. It must have come from way in there. And thank you, Greg. Sigh... A.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Greg.
See what you've started.
GottaBook is fast becoming the poetry hub of the uniVerse!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to drop in with your comments.