Can you measure
a bird of flight
by the weight
of a single feather ?
Can you look
into the face of a child
and not see
the deepest treasure ?
A time of purpose
beyond worldly surplus
the yet to be
hero of great valour
More precious
than gold or silver
that wide eyed innocence
The loving potential
of the truly essential
… Imaginessence

At times
we all get it wrong
In the weakness of the body
we can still be spirit strong
The mountain ahead
and the power to leap it
Man, you know you who are
and to whom you belong
You have the birthright
to claim and proclaim it
Finding joy
in the presence
The attaining
of true happiness
In essence
we are all made
deep at the core
from and for
that divine sublime
… Imaginessence

The very best
version of oneself
always there
below the surface
Slow and steady
with wisdom
from within
the living heart
of holy mindfulness
Upon tasks anointed
and appointed
Deeds that echo
with consequence
beyond the callous
Loving mercy
Doing justice
with a rock solid defence
from behind a mask
of peaceful resistance
The motherhood
of loving patience
With that smile
of amazing graciousness
The glowing radiance
magnifying significance
… Imaginessence

The doing of hard time
It don’t come easy
Life is not a soft serve
nor a sugary drink
All bubbly and fizzy
Yet, dream big baby
under the heavens
To tunnel the flood
down funnel visions
The water of life
through the house
of the living
For across the road
a fire is burning
Knowledge swelling
with voices many
“If you cannot
bring good news,
then don’t bring any!”
The loving word
better heard in a smile,
a tear, a kiss, a caress
To drive away all fear
the real deal
without pretence
Within that divine gift
of wide eyed innocence
As the eagle gathers height
upon thermal current
of pure light
With true love in focus
… Imaginessence

Words & PhotoArt:
~ by David B. Redpath © 2018

52 thoughts on “IMAGINESSENCE”

  1. A chant to our divine gift of imagination. The romantic poets like Wordsworth, Collerige et al would love this. Love your word creation “Imaginessence”. Deeply philosophial, existentialist and beautifully expressed as always. The whole poem has a special flow of its own, like the waves of the ocean and the soft wind that gently fill your soul. The first opening lines ending in a question with the images of the bird and the child are already very powerful. Your poem is like a river with some places to linger and then it falls again torrentially in waterfalls. Love this:

    “The water of life
    through the house
    of the living”

    It reminds me of ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus where life is a constant flow. We never bathe in the same river while thousands of rivers slip through our skins. I believe such is also the power of “Imaginessence”.

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    1. Thank very much, Marta.
      So glad you connected with
      this one. Don’t know about
      Wordsworth, but a favoured
      Talking Heads song of mine;
      ‘Take me to the river,
      drop me in the water
      Take me to the river,
      dip me in the water
      Washing me down,
      washing me down’.

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  2. The rhetorical question:
    Can you measure
    a bird of flight
    by the weight
    of a single feather ?
    kept me reading your poem to see how you would develop your deep thoughts. A great write!

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  3. Oh David. This is amazing. You are SO clever with poetry. I could read you for ever. I just adore your work. I read it and think one thought, but then there are a thousna more thoughts that come to me with each phrase that you write. You are my poet of all time. Thankyou SO much for your words

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    1. Thank you very much,
      I don’t what to say,
      for words I am lost.
      It may take a while
      for me to recover,
      and blog my next post.
      And BeeZeeGee,
      It will all be your fault.

      Seriously, thank you for
      the complimentary comment.
      I have my source of
      eternal inspiration, and
      I’m not about to let go.

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  4. What a beautiful treat to arrive here and experience Imaginessence. I knew I was in great company when spying the Talking Heads reference. I have a deep appreciation for the lyrical expression, especially when put to music. Reading the comments and your subsequent replies says so much.

    Thank you for sharing David and for taking the time to follow my Expressions. I look forward to spending time lost in your words and sharing so many more of my own. 🧡

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    1. We stand on the shoulders
      of lyrical poetic giants.
      Some of whom fought for
      the freedom of expression
      we now revel in.
      Much of my inspiration comes whilst listening to
      the music 🎶 of the truth
      seeking/freedom generation.
      Thanks C.M.C. for sharing.

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