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by Peter Paton
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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“Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.”

Carl Gustav Jung


Down the cobble stone lane, carrying my goods and soul

graffiti adorned walls, greet me everywhere

nowhere is sacred anymore, the signs of decadence growing

as a house sparrow, whistles defiantly perched on a ledge

his companion responds with a trill, way up on the eaves

and I allow my spirit, to find its own level

amidst the chaos and anarchy, of 21 st suburbia

maintaining my grip on reality, is a daily overture

devising new philosophies, to cope with the encroachment

I have always been a survivor, never taken myself doggone seriously

betwixt the natural and the supernatural, you will always see me glean

my feet are moving flawlessly, I have had a lifetime of practice

making sure the load is balanced, the fulcrum is the ballast

watching the red ivy grow, its suction pads upon the stone

resilience unquestioned, from its head to its toes

I marvel at the synchronicity of nature, they seldom get it wrong

from the hard working ant, to the effortless gliding of the swift

make sure your moral compass is set, on auto pilot from within

registering divine pathos, for every creature in sight

And I’ll leave you with this parting shot

 just stay light hearted every time


Copyright by Peter Paton 2006

Wall To Wall

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Reviewed by Michelle Mills 11/3/2006
This is a very wise piece...full of excellent advice from one who obviously knows his stuff. Blessings, Michelle
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/29/2006
Listen to the sounds of silence. Each generation has its trials, and nature continues to perfect.

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 10/27/2006
Ah Peter, so wonderfully written and true, now this is lovely and excellent advice.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/26/2006
There is much wisdom in what you express via your verses here, Peter. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 10/26/2006

Another superb delivery!

"betwixt the natural and supernatural, you will always
see me glean"

Your ability to keep everything properly balanced, makes you the
king of survivors -and poetry- that you are!

And I heartily agree with Dr. Lilly, regarding the condition of our condition...

Love&Blessings, Rhonda

Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 10/25/2006
just stay light hearted every time

great ending! Love it!

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/25/2006
Light hearts enliven the soul and energise the sorrounding aura, augmenting the sphere of light and bathing the world in sunshine, Peter... as does the acute observation and wisdom in this write. Laughter brings health to the bones, like birdsong. Go West Young Man!! I shall soon be at Lands' End, but life is DEFINITELY more paced with time and civility shared among fellow journeymen down here in deepest Doorrrrrrrrrrseeeeett. Yep, know well that of which you speak - eloquently. TY K xx
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/25/2006
Well done ,peter
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 10/25/2006
Good advice Peter. The poem suits the wise quote rather well.

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 10/25/2006
A fantastic write about creeping decadence and nature repelling it. I would guess nature will win in the end, when encroaching society is underground and those who kept the light in sight reign. Well done.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 10/25/2006
Attitude is tops, very wise stuff here..
Reviewed by Paul Williams 10/25/2006
A cancer has eaten away our social and moral fabric of society as it becomes more divisive everyday, misery and suffering are predominant...yet there is always light...this poem guides toward that light, thank you Peter. Excellent.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/25/2006
amidst the chaos and anarchy, of 21 st suburbia
maintaining my grip on reality, is a daily overture

Indeed it is, for many of us these days, Peter, but you do it very well.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 10/24/2006
Very deep with food for thought. Your parting shot is a great one. Victor
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/24/2006
You are a boon to all who lose direction Sir Peter! You are steadfast and faithful even in the midst of a world gone anok!
Thank you for letting your light lead!

Reviewed by jude forese 10/24/2006
your compass is directed in many directions, Peter ... guiding, teaching, leading to the light while echoing off walls that have no shape but house the spirit in motion ...

Reviewed by CJ Heck 10/24/2006
A phenomenal write, Peter. Lighthearted jesting in there, but serious, too. Wonderful advice for us all.
Love and respect,
Reviewed by J M 10/24/2006
Yes life can be a DRAG............... the world around us if we allowed would swallow us up in its grafiti, thinking, and actions... But if we travel light by the Holy Spirit then we will rise above to a new plane where we exisit with God not of this world or caught in this world.. Message here for me is powerful Dearest Peter....... Wonderful work...

Blessings , Peace, Love,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/24/2006
Well said old friend and a great capture of your subject highlighted with the graphic.

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 10/24/2006
The job of a "Light Stepper" is to leave a little posphorous behind. You've done an excellent job on doing just that, Peter. An awesome poem!
Where was the picture taken?
Reviewed by A PAX 10/24/2006
Good advise only ;comes from someone with a great attitude Peter, such as yourself :)
enjoyed this as always..........pax Anita :)
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 10/24/2006
Wouldn't it be wonderfully if we were all equipped with that moral compass? Unfortunately so many or not and sadly that they aren't is not always of their doing...but this does not make it easier to watch the deterioration.... wonderful piece!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/24/2006
Lighthearted it is, my man, even in the darkest of night, the howling of the wind, the shifting of the earth's sxis, the Raven knock, knock, knocking on my door, will I forever and always be . . . Lighthearted. Marvelous poetry. Better message.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/24/2006
Sir Peter ...

The internal rot has manifested itself on the surface. It is a rampant disease that is afflicting every walk of life on every level of affluence, decadence, and poverty. The threads of the fabric are unraveling at an uprecedented rate.

And aside from these perfunctory thoughts I can neither add nor subtract from Daivies biting insights below.

Light hearted is getting more and more to be a discipline garnered in the glow of arcadian contentment - not in the cities.

In fraternity and vision ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/24/2006
Great advice at the end....thanks!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by Approximately Naive 10/24/2006
I have strolled that same path, Peter. I look beyond the graffiti to the mentality that put it there and wonder, 'why have we decayed in morality rather than advanced?' Where was this mentality when i was a kid in th 1960s? Where did it spring from? No such distortion has impacted upon the ant, it still functions exactly the same with the same mentality intact. Likewise with the Ivy, still climbing the wall as ever and in the exact same manner. It is only the human creature that has created a world that seems to consist of wall to wall conflict. Jesus tells us not to be troubled but to look up for our redemption draws near. That's our hope, and with that we 'just stay light hearted every time'.
Thanks for a poem in which I found myself walking alongside you.
Reviewed by Rusty Daily 10/24/2006
What better advice could someone get, or give. Well Written
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/24/2006
In this day and age one has to keep a tight grip on the controls.
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