The Empty Basket
by Rev. Dr. Deborah Simpson
Thursday, December 20, 2007
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Inspirational - From "Chronicles of a Sage: Simple Complexities"
Years ago, I bought a basket,
Plain, unappealing –
Weave already unraveled,
I only paid one dollar –
I set the basket on the shelf,
Separated, secluded –
And there it stood,
Unbefitting the decor –
I filled that basket,
With defeated dreams –
My lonely heart,
My deserted thoughts –
I loaded that basket,
With yearning love –
My unspoken need,
My every want –
I found myself gazing,
Often, in fondness –
A beautiful reminder,
For somber times –
My hands may be empty,
My pockets uninhabited –
Aloneness taking its toll,
Privation draping its veil –
The basket stands proud,
Holding seeds of intangibility –
Unfaltering in its stance,
Draped with valor, still –
This Christmas I give you,
An empty basket –
Weave already unraveled,
All I could afford was a dollar –
The Empty Basket received 4th place win in the March, 2008 PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest.
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|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|Very inspirational write, Deborah. I really enjoyed it! Congrats on your win!
|Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
|Great poem,take care
|Reviewed by John Domino
Thank you for the GIFT!
Keep on writing!
|Reviewed by Z McClure
|Deborah, I especially enjoyed the way your poem ended- with an invitation to all of us to treasure our hopes and dreams. We may not possess much in the way of material things, but every human should have one of those baskets!
Profound spiritual truth---well communicated- thankyou : )
|Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
|And... A dollar well spent!
Thank you for such a blessed and warm poem Deb!
Awesome important message given in a creative way!
Warmest Blessings, Inner Peace and Hugs, Warrior Purple Lady Sweet Sheooxo
|Reviewed by William Heffner
|May we all see the value in our dollars as you have, thanks for sharing your gift of poetry.
God Bless You and Your Loved Ones
|Reviewed by Belinda Baker
|Simply wow--your words are very heartfelt and the imagery and symbolism you use truly capture what you want the reader to comprehend.
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Very deep message in this piece. What I like about it most is how masterfully you brought it full circle. Hugs~
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|I love the metaphorical tone and the meaning within your verses, Deborah. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Richard Orey
|O, my, Deborah, what a powerful piece of symbolism you bring to us!
Over the years, sages in varying words have suggested we have a box into which we throw the ravages of our yearning souls, a box titled, "Things for God to handle."
A few years ago I spent months diligently studying the paperback textbook The Portable Jung, (an exposition of the writings of psychiatrist Carl G. Jung, edited by Joseph Campbell). Now, I realize I could have saved myself a lot of sweat by simply reading and contemplating your poem The Empty Basket.
Somewhere on a shelf or in a mind, we all have an Empty Basket. To recognize it and to give it it's due worth is another matter.
Thank you for a meaningful and provocative work. A treasure!
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Oh boy..I think I have a basket like yours too....thanks for sharing yours today!!
Filled with love and dreams!!
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
Unique depícting of sensitive memories... "The Empty Basket"
is a glowing page to enrich the AMERICAN FINE LETTERS.
I salute You, Poet.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
|I, truly, have a similar basket that looks the same year after year. Though not pretty, it reminds of what it once held. I treasure those memories.
God bless you. Kathy
|Reviewed by R Beeman
|wow, this is one of the best poems of personal reflection that i have ever read. what a great idea and how you put those words together is truly a blessing. i am filling your basket right now. wonderful write