Sunday, August 4, 2013

On David's Return--By James Rasmusson--United States

On David's Return

The cottage was small and squat
and set in a clearing
high above a summered vale.
The boy returned in dapper clothes
and frazzled mind and asked
to where it was he came.

Listening to the whispering stillness
of wind kissed trees he sank within
to cleanse away a recent stash
of hand-me-down dreams.

Young eyes moved
along the winding path below;
his quest had taken him
to sorcerers with resplendent robes
and sordid lies.

He was a child of God growing weary,
pausing to reflect along the bumpy road
that would take him to his True Home.

James began writing in the 1960’s and immediately showed a love for seasonal, humorous, and philosophical poetry. In the late 70’s, he became an ardent photographer and soon found that the two artistic mediums cross pollinated each other. West Michigan is an art Mecca with over 100 galleries and art camps with Jim residing in the lovely coastal town of Holland, Michigan. A practitioner of Surat Shabd Yoga since 1972, his art is an expression of his lifetime love affair with nature and his quest for truth. James is the winner of many awards in both photography and poetry including the 2005 Shadow Poetry 5th biannual chapbook competition. The artist says he likes to underscore the abstract and tease the mind and be ever alert for juxtapositions that express irony, absurdity, and poignancy, desiring for people to feel both tension and resolution in his compositions.


  1. Emotionally moving - the depth of your words touched my heart. What a joy reading you this morning...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  2. A lovely read, James..such emotion within your words and so eloquently penned.

    Jan x

  3. Wow, James, this is beautiful! Only as children do we see "sorcerers with resplendent robes." You have described our journey through life to our final home in heaven so well. I can relate to "being a child of God growing weary." Incredibly moving poem. Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  4. Thank you, Jack Clubb, for the following comment--

    This poem has some unforgettable lines. I especially liked "a recent stash of hand-me-down dreams.

  5. James you made me feel that this was my journey as well as the young boy's. It's wonderfully powerful and vivid!


  6. Hi James,

    I was very moved by this poem brilliant! I enjoyed your reading poem this evening.


  7. Thank you, Connie Marcum Wong, for the following comment--

    True poetry for thought James. Beautifully written and expressed!
    Mahalo, Connie