Friday, September 23, 2016

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Michael Escoubas and Mary Jo Balistreri--United States

Deep Peace

By Michael Escoubas and Mary Jo Balistreri

I’ve
been told
the best way
to learn to rest
is to walk on paths
of forgiveness. Let your
weight sink down in forgetful
ground—quit being carried away
by yesterday’s regrets and worries—
with each step say, the past does not own me.

Give ardent thanks for the strength of your legs,
the pull of gravity in your thighs.
To feel the earth upholding you
striding upon its surface,
all nature seems to sing.
Suddenly alive
to nature’s gifts
peace thought lost
now is
found.

20 comments:

  1. So inspiring, this duet. If the two writers declared they wrote this while sitting in a porch swing, I would believe them, in a heartbeat.

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  2. So inspiring, this duet. If the two writers declared they wrote this while sitting in a porch swing, I would believe them, in a heartbeat.

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  3. well done, Mary Jo and Michael - more, more!

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  4. inspiring piece! enjoyed this very much!

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  5. Thought provoking poem Michael & Mary Jo. I enjoyed your collaboration! Good wishes, Chris~

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  6. Dear Whispers' Poets and Friends,
    Jo is a wonderful collaborator--nothing good happens without her. We think that poetry brings people together--your responses bear witness to this fundamental truth about art.
    Wishing "Deep Peace" to all.

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  7. Enjoyed this very much, thank you both for sharing this with us!

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  8. Michael and Mary Jo,
    A wonderful double etheree!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. Dear David,
      Your comment is a blessing,
      Michael

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  9. You have complimented each other beautifully. The words have an important message for the reader. Thank you.

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    1. Dear Annie,
      Glad to hear from you and appreciate your thoughtful comment.
      Michael

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  10. Thank you for coming to Whispers to read our etheree. We are most appreciative and enjoy the sharing that goes on in this community.
    Writing with Michael is one of the great enjoyments in my life. It is always fun and inspiring to collaborate with him.

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  11. Jo and Michael your poem speaks to me that there is much to say about forgiveness and how it opens up a new world in so many ways. Thank you for such insightful thoughts.

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  12. Dear J T,
    So pleased you enjoyed the poem.
    Thank you for your comment.
    Michael

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  13. Dear Elaine,
    Glad our poems made a difference in your life.
    Michael

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  14. Dear Michael and Mary Jo,

    A very wise and inspiring poem and your collaboration seems effortlessly done. Very nice work on both your parts.

    Sandra

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  15. thank you, each and every one of you. Your kindness in commenting is a blessing to both Michael and me.

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  16. An amazing collaborative piece presented by Michael Escoubas and Mary Jo Balistreri.
    Thanks to both of you for this enthusiastic presentation.

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  17. Dear Dr. Srivastava,
    What a pleasure hearing from you, sir.
    Both Jo and I appreciate your comment--we're pleased that you received a blessing.

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