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The Unspoken Word
by Peter Paton
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
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Omar Khayyam




I took a walk throught the rhododendron garden today

pink, red, blue, and white blossoms in full dazzling array

their heady scents took my breath clean away

and  sweet memories of past loves

rolled back the intervening years

lovers who had touched my very soul

each with their own definitive beauty

and I remembered at that pivotal time

I thought each magnificent one was it

for I was a puppy dog every time I fell

and gave the very best from my well

 just then a moorhen squawked suddenly

and broke cover from the emerald reeded pond

as my heart filled with yearning sighs

is the unspoken word

the determining factor of them all

and how I wonder to myself

where on earth those loves are now

 have they vanished to another realm

and if not, did they ever think of me,

every once in a while, with a wry smile

just then a gardener came sauntering into view

and began to mow the expansive lawn in lines

releasing that delicious scent of fresh cut grass

that never failed to heighten and thrill my senses

as I mused further on those I loved in secret

who I could never quite tell face to face

just depending on my sentiments and actions

to convey to them the extent

of the burning love within my heart

and as the shimmering sun rose high in the sky

a song thrush started warbling sweetly on a golden yew

bringing long lost feelings cascading back

I smiled and reminisced within myself

knowing I had been extremely good to them all

for somethings are just not meant to be

a greater power than us, controls it all

and as my feet crunched back down the gravel path

a  defining thought came seeping into my mind

the game of love is not ours to play


Copyright by Peter Paton 2006

The Unspoken Word

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Hi Peter,

Oh some words will always remain unspoken to some of us my friend,to some it means heartache to some survival...but to those with love in their hearts a forever sacred secret that will make them walk tall but without a smile upon their faces forever!!
This reminded me of the moment I walked my daughter down the isle on saterday at the Arnot Towers...lawn also been cut in lines....and me the only one without my soulmate in armlenght away from me...but walked tall and showed a brave smile so no one could see my soul!!

Hey even went right up the highlands of Scotland to find the Loch Ness monster to dragggg me away...but no damn luck their either!!And came back down your way yesterday and if I knew your addy I mighta popped in for a coffee....and too far away from PAUL's either.....grrrr....but....oh well thats how it goes!!
I am flying back to hell again today.Dee you all from back home in South Africa.....chiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwbyeeeeeee!!
Thanks for sharing this deeply touched piece my friend!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook
The world of what ifs and might have beens...
sometimes overwhelms us. But your beautiful words
have captured it. Excellent work, Peter!
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

"The Unspoken Word" has said it in full, inspiration and devotion mingle, and this poetic grand is delivered.

Thank You for sharing Your art and jewels.

Long healthy creative life.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by jude forese
a heightened tale of love and revelation ...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
Contemplative bliss...
Reviewed by A. Santo
Ah Peter, true love is unutterable in earthened languages. And trying to explain the vastness of love is like trying to eat speghetti with only a spoon. lol... we only get a noodle or two then it slips back off onto the plate... :D and then we have to plow back into our plates again hoping for a bigger bite than the last... call me crazy but its one of the best analogies I could think of... :)
Reviewed by richard cederberg
What a powerful revelation that last line is Peter! Any other way than God intended could certainly be construed as a game that can lead to dire consequences.

It's ironic how we've been given such powerful feelings to paint our canvases with, and then we were commanded to control them.

I imagine all of us have failed at least once!

For me, well . . . . . . . . . .

Great job brother!
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Your musings tend to come directly from your soul and passing through the heart offer a note of love to all who chose to read them. Well done
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
So from the heart and soul this is... unique thoughts expressed in such a tangible way and couched in the scenery that we all can relate to. In the matrix of life, how we all "fit and connect" together at the moments of our lives' crossing serves its own very special purpose, I am sure, and carries on with us ever more, compounding us into the peeps we are today. But interesting... do their thoughts cross with ours at the same time though eons apart, if we have had that extra-special bond? Fascinating, thank you. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher
A wonderful poem filled with so much harmony and love!
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan
Such a familiar path Peter...filled with images of yesterdays and even tomorrows. I could smell the cleanness of the freshly mowed grass and hear the gravel under your feet. I may have managed to share a smile and even a tear on this walk with you.But it was your finaly words that have left me thinking. Now this is "exquisite".
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wonderful write, Peter; very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
You gave this poem a perfect setting, Peter, within nature. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by L. Figgins
Beautiful! I think our ruminations on past loves are tugs to joggle our souls. Did we learn what we had to from each unique relationship?
Is there a current relationship that may be affected for the same reasons? Some relationships are there for learning a specific lesson and fade with growth. Some burn in the heart for life. The deeper the lesson, the deeper the imprint I suppose. Love the Omar Khayyam quote...
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
We are delivered to the buffet and told to eat as we wish. There are many choices but with any luck at all we will pick that which not only appeals to our palate but also to our health and well being. Very beautiful poem, Peter!
Take care,
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
I suppose it's true, Sir Paton...mayhaps, because love shouldn't be a game? Nonetheless, you seem to be the Heartthrob of the Den, so you must glean some solace from all the feminine accolades you get here - right, ladies? - and I, am among those who think so! Pain is a poet's dearest solitude. I blow you a kiss, to heal your aching heart, Peter. love ~ rhonda
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
In the game of love we all stand a semblance of a chance when chance itself has more control than our desire at that moment. We dive in to see how deep are the waters and sometime we end up treading water for life and other times we roll over on our backs and float along with satisfaction. It's all chance in the long run isn't it?
Reviewed by A PAX
Peter.....just wow!
This is so universal, the wonderding
At times I find myself thinking of someone from YEARS ago.....and always wondered why a certain person and circumstance would pop into my mind......
But then I thought
just maybe

that person was thinking of me at that very moment, and I picked up the vibes!!!

And there have been times when that person somehow crossed paths with me again from out of the blue

Always a delightful suprise!!!

so far!!!

pax A
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader)
((((Peter ))) we both must be on the same page. I too ponder the, what if's, what would have been, do they think of me, always, the many, many we had.It will always as long as we are carnal in body form, we will always have that rememberance.Bitter sweet.. Like you said, some things are not meant to happen.Some things are only ordained in Heaven. God, so true. And the imagery you paint is breathless. Your heart guides your quill..

Love & Light, Dove
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
"The Unspoken Word," spoke mightily if you must know the truth.
Reviewed by George Carroll
As the Bible says a good wife is a blessing to the husband.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Peter this one moved me to tears of joy! So exquisitely written and one that so many of us can relate to,only you have the beautiful words at your command! Thank you!

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