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There is Only One
by Peter Paton
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Nature knows no pause in progress and development,
and attaches her curse on all inaction.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I went rambling amongst the wild heather clad hills

sweet purple and vermillion flowers with a succulent aroma

on those high moorlands of luscious green bracken

overhead a sparrowhawk was quartering it domain

and inside my thoughts were ruminating this strange life

wondering if I ever, will be able to solve the enigmatic riddle

below in the steep gorge, I heard the thunderous roar

of a fast flowing river, twisting and turning to the sea

as my heart meandered back to you and me

a curlew took off, and rose high in the azure sky

its liquid bubbling call, sweet and melliflous

as if summoning me back to reality once more

I pitched my canvas tent, against a dry stone wall

that had stood the passage and test of time

a weasel appeared from out of the bracken

spying me cautiously, and then disappeared

I've often mused that love is a mirage

for when you reach out to it, it simply vanishes

I lit my paraffin stove, and rustled up a tasty meal

and settled down for a tranquil night under the stars

as all around, the calls of crickets and grasshoppers resonated

and I'm at my best, when I am close to nature

dusk began to settle, with that indefinable quality

magical moonlight pierced the shadows

as I sat in complete stillness and silence

reaping all the majestic benefits

when the heart connects with the universe

and then suddenly my soul emitted evocative whjspers

the way to heaven is simple and direct

when you start relying on your God inside


Copyright by Peter Paton 2006
There is Only One
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Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/13/2006
Dear Peter,

This is a revelation of the soul!

"when the heart connects with the universe"

This is where we shall meet one day, my friend.

Love & Light,

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 6/13/2006
Absolutely beautiful, there are places I go where I feel so close to the earth and all her beauty, this reminds me of that feeling. Outstanding poetry!

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/13/2006
nicely done
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 6/12/2006
A beautiful reminder of the need to be still, to listen to nature's songs, to allow serenity in...

Love this poem, Peter.

Reviewed by A. Santo 6/12/2006
To Love ourselves totally is to first Love the Creator and recognize Him as such and follow after the design we were created to image, a reflection of the Almighty in the earth. I love the descriptions here... you paint a magnificent scene of tranquility where you blend into the environment and become one with the Earth Mother. Ah, nothing is more vocal than nature itself to the testament of a Loving Creator. :) I felt myself sitting right there with you.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/12/2006
Goethe's words and your own are very contrapuntal, I feel, Peter. Nature is both beneficient and a righteous judge who pays back like for like. So we need to beware her wrath as well as revel in her grace and bounty. A wonderful pastoral and inspirational, uplifting write. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger 6/12/2006
thanks for taking me camping with you ( in this poem ). Nice write Peter. Mary
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 6/12/2006
Peter, I am so quickly enveloped in the scene you set and anxiously read in anticipation of the questions I know will come, almost as if I know what they will be. I am there and I can almost touch the ground as if it were moss under and soft and rich in gently as you imagine all the spaces and creatures of God's creation. Perhaps this just hit close to home recognizing personal within accompanied by the need to reach to nature for it's blanket of safety... alone in our own space and thoughts, with whimsical weasels vacating walls, et in the overwhelming realm of the Universe as we look for answers to tough questions.
I must confess, this brought on the waterworks. A classic, Peter...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/12/2006
I'm at my best, when I am close to nature

And that's when some of your best poetry emerges, too, Peter!
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/11/2006
Beautiful done, this brings us almost as close as if we went outside ourselves!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/11/2006
You know I agree, for we are all tuned into the same Creator who made sure we all have His breath of life,so it only makes sense that we are inspired by nature. I often think Nature is also inspired by us!;-)Splendid poem Peter!

Love and harmony,
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/11/2006
Yes! And I tried in my stumbling way to say the same thing in my latest poem(three birds). But you've succeeded brilliantly. Beauty, Peter...

Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/11/2006
Peter . . .
I agree with you, there is much revelation that can be had out in nature. My wife and I find, often, our greatest inspiration while we adventure and hike through God's profound and lovely creation.

This was excellent, especially in the feelings that accompanied it.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/11/2006
fantastic write and wonderful inspiration

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/11/2006
Nice transition from your love of nature to your love of God.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/11/2006
Lost for words.....just brillo
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/11/2006
Peter, this was a MASTERPIECE IN EVERY SENSE.. Thank you so deeply for this treasured write. Your descriptions of your imagery never fails to totally amaze me. They are breath taking...Spirit and love radiate within your being, your soul...

Peace & Love,
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 6/11/2006
Peter this is extravagant for some and so easy to be in this place for others. We are closest to our Creator and ourselves when we seek solace in the vastness of silence accompanied with nature. There is nothing dearer than an evening rich in the senses and the light from within that is nourished best by moments like this. This is beautiful and I like this peace as my own.

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