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Soliloquy with a Shaman
by Peter Paton
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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" Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger ... Show respect to all people and bow to no one ... "

~Tecumseh, Shawnee~



I heard the shaman's voice,

echoing in the canyons of my mind

prompting me to take down in writing

his co-ordinates and frequency

harken to me my friend,

partake of my wares

imbibe and feast with me in the tepee of days gone by

the ancient soothsayer spoke to me with no forked tongue

his babble was one of unerring accuracy and delivery

laden with the sharp edge of the sword of experience

inviting my hackles to stand on end involuntarily

as he ruminated on what must be

some think they can own another person

well I will enlighten you,

braveheart of many moons

how can a living spirit possess another of its own kin

can light invade light

sift the truth, and discard that whichis immaterial

are my words true or false

and do I digress

you tell me

others narrate they love someone

when they don't know the meaning of the word

or the disposition and juxtapostion

of the protagonists in the unfolding drama

for to truly love in this world

you must first lose yourself in the equation

the I no longer exists

only It remains

the essence of divine love

got me now

or do I have to repeat

and are you as lost and blind as ever

on this veiled earthly sojourn

I thought as much he gestured

you are still wrapped up in your own comfort zone

afraid to move and expand

and unwilling to compromise your views

you would rather curl up and die

than ever be thought of as wrong

what is your subjective and truth

in an ever changing environment

your perceived achievements and gains

which run like sand through your fingers

and pales into insignificance and nothingness

in comparison to the weighty measure

of how you accomplished them

how many hearts and spirits

did you break along your self centered way

never knowing there is a price to pay

the chain reaction of good and bad

forcing you to compromise yourself on route

as you discarded your principles and integrity

at the cost of the one you surely love

hidden from remote view

until you learn the enigma

of something you will never hear again

his voice became dim and distant

as he shape shifted into the great beyond

leaving me to ascertain the value of his dialogue

reflecting on his first discourse

a soliloquy with the unknown


Copyright by Peter Paton 2006
Soliloquy with a Shaman
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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/19/2006
Dreamed or inspired by a real sage?

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 3/18/2006

A wise banquet of poetic-philosophic meals are served through the lines of "Soliloquy with a Shaman". Anyone willing to nourish soul and feed the mind may enjoy the abundance of its wisdom.

Keep delivering Your jewels, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/17/2006
"I heard the shaman's voice,
echoing in the canyons of my mind"

It is a good place to listen, Peter; and certainly you have shared what you perceived most effectively. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by A. Santo 3/17/2006
A faithful friend is the medicine of life. To talk to ones self, is to truly speak with the Soul Self. The one self devoid of duailty in all thought, word and action. The self-image of the Creator; in whose image we are formed - creators.

Life is exactly what we make of it. It always has been. It always will be.

"Those things that nature denied to human sight,
she revealed to the eyes of the soul."
-Ovid (43 B.C.-17 A.D.)

Reviewed by . ignis 3/17/2006
Tecumseh was one of the greatest spirits ever to walk the face of this planet. He was one with the universal spirit, continuously in high frequency, synchronized with the energy of the cosmos. To small spirits posessed by greed, ignorance and fear he was simply too elevated, too balanced and powerful to communicate with. They've one solution to end such 'problems' that is continuously applied throughout the blood soaken history of man: kill it. Along with him dreams were eradicated that could have made life meaningful and beautiful. This society and the ones preceding it are huge conspiracies of idiots. We are not an intelligent species, we contaminate the universe and force higher powers to remove us from it.

Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/17/2006
A splendid feast of worth, my friend! Truly a soul nourishing offering.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/17/2006
A masterwork which is rife with wisdom...Lin
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/17/2006
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life.

Marvelous poetic words and thoughts from Tecumseh, from that Shaman, and from you, Peter.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/17/2006
Well done Peter. You paint in words the spirit of the past and project it into the future for all mankind to learn from.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 3/16/2006
I must say here, there are six holes in a traditional Native American flute; one hole for each of the Four Directions, one hole for earthward and one hole for skyward. Today, I am adding a seventh hole for you Peter. It is an honor to be in your company and the seventh hole in this Den flute is for you and your daily inspiration. Such a pretty song of words here, Peter. Blessed Be.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/16/2006
Most powerful offering Peter!!

Thank you for this most outstanding piece!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/16/2006
Sounds like my kind of Shaman for sure:-) Much startling wisdom fills the lines of SOLILOQUY WITH A SHAMAN and admirable courage flows through the pen that delivered them. Thank you.
Reviewed by jude forese 3/16/2006
Peter, the power of your words and the direction your share is a delicacy of inspired thought ...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/16/2006
I, too, am in the league of your admirers, and especially with this exercise on man's fragile and destructive nature. Of course man does do, say, and build wonderous things, but it is the inner man we are concerned with here. Love is a word to be said, like hunger. Except when we say we are hungry, most of the time we are, not so when the love word is uttered. We are only in love with love, the real thing we usually do not have much patience for. There is so much more I could comment on, but I am a bit weary tonight, so I'll just say, ya did good, man.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 3/16/2006
Dear Peter
This is awesomely powerful, deserving of awe!
"..laden with the sharp edge of the sword of experience.."
You speak of many hard earned truths that the reader is blessed in the reading, although confronting as it needs to be!
"..what is your subjective and truth
in an ever changing environment..." Always honour the question..
Powerful, and I'm saving it to library! Thank you for this gift!
Love, Suzie :-D
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/16/2006
a compelling argument for remaining true to yourself. You are a very wise Poet.

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 3/16/2006
A very wise artist taught me how to paint. He said," Paint the space and the object will find it's piece of the canvas." I've concentrated on the space first and the small details of life present themselves without the negative. It balances my environment now. The Shaman was my father. Your poem is something he would cut out and tape to his wall in his gallery where he'd paint. It was a room full of wisdom. Now that I have his talent I continue to value his wisdom...and now..I look at you with a different pair of eyes.
Remember Peter, "Life is in the details." I relly don't need to tell you this. You know it aleady.
I appreciate you.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/16/2006

Captivating write; very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/16/2006

Sage advice in inimitable, captivating verse, thank you. DEFINATELY a keeper. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 3/16/2006
This is grand Peter! A keeper for sure!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/16/2006
Peter you leave me awed, by the wisdom in this splendid poem.
Outstanding! You deal with mans intrinsic nature, not the way
he keeps his faith.Bravo!


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