9/07/2010

Yin and Yang


Witness the mountain
Standing majestic and timeless
Deep at the core, so hard to know
Presenting a picture of power
So solid and strong
Loving the stream that travels below

At his base, the stream flows
Dancing, swirling, lightly skipping
Playful and laughing, tickling his toes
Bubbling with laughter, happy and joyful
Splashing her love on the mountain above
All of her favor on him she bestows

But when the stream runs too wildly
Her touch heavy-handed
Her swelling caresses feeling like blows
She scares him away
With love felt too intensely
She  pushes his heart to a place it can’t go

Yet sometimes it ends
In ways just the opposite.
Sometimes it’s he
Who overpowers with love
Rushing at her with torrents too heavy
Flooding her soul with too much to hold

Here lies the challenge
For the mountain and stream
It’s all about balance, the to and the fro
The grand waltz between lovers
The yin and the yang, the yes and the no
The delicate marriage of the stop and the go

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This is my offering for One Shot Poetry.

95 comments:

  1. Finding a balance is something we all must strive for. Love this.

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  2. the grand waltz between lovers, the grand waltz of life....very nice one shot...bkm

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  3. Oh Patti...
    This was lovely.
    I've always said, you gotta take the bitter with the sweet.

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  4. Very nice...and so true. Love is such a delicate balance.

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  5. Patti, My Friend...Perfect! I know this poem in my heart :) Very well written, and even better received by this mountain boy. Thank you for sharing your talent, and your heart with us.
    Big Hugs ;)

    Tracy H

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  6. This is very much after my own heart. That balance is always the key.

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  7. ah beautiful patti and a great truth lies in the balance that is sometimes so hard to find...esp when emotions and passion are involved...nice one shot.

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  8. I just found your blog and am really enjoying it!
    Thanks for sharing,
    gabriele

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  9. I wish the balance between those two got me there... but where?
    They are both so necessary!

    great post P.
    ;)
    D.

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  10. It's like a human love story told through nature. Enjoyed this.

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  11. What a wonderful balancing of images! Very Zen!

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  12. Well said, done in elegance. Love the metaphors...

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  13. The essence of the dance, the play of the water, the push/pull between the elements... it's all here in living color.

    Mountain girl and Water boy can dance, but both must be willing to let go of something.

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  14. Wonderful. Life in all its aspects is about the balancing act.

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  15. Yes, this poem is nicely realized. Good choice this week. Two halves of the whole seeking balance but like a wave washing up and flowing out. Well done. Gay (@beachanny)

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  16. Really like how you use the interplay between the h2O & mountain to illustrate the concept. Your point about balance is very wise; wish I followed that advice more. Great One Shot, PattiKen!

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  17. There is a truth in this and I will hold this one very dear Patti...a wonderful poem!! xx

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  18. Yin yang took years of me to dig in,i love the concept of balance..this was a beautiful read Patti..:))

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  19. a very well crafted poem...hats off to you patti, thoroughly enjoyed this..cheers pete

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  20. PERFECTION!!!
    Just like my hubby and me.. (perfect opposites!) :)
    But we LOVE it that way!! Else how boring would it be! Besides, on some higher grounds, we are soooo alike.. just like the mountain and the stream...
    I am gonna read this poem to my hubby... it was SUPERB, Patti!!! Thank youuuu

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  21. Ah yes, the balance, the dance, the give and take. Well captured!

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  22. KB: I glad you liked it. Thanks for coming.

    bkm: Thank you.

    G-Man: Thank you, Galen. As someone said to me recently, if we never tasted the bitter, bow would we recognize the sweet?

    Janice: It is indeed.

    Tracy: Thank you for that. I’m always inspired by your poetry. Et voila.

    Anthony: Balance is indeed key to so much in life.

    Brian: Yes, sometimes very hard to find. Hey, maybe that’s “the pompitus of love.”

    Gabriele: Welcome! I’m so glad you like what you’ve found. I hope you come back.

    Dulce: Yes, they are. Thanks for visiting.

    Glynn: I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming.

    Eric: Zen! Oh, I like that! Thanks.

    JH: I’m glad to see you. And glad you liked Yin and Yang.

    Ti: Lovely comment, my friend. And I shouldn’t be surprised that you identified with the mountain. I love reading about the dance you share with your water boy.

    Nessa: Thank you. I agree, pretty much all of life is a balancing act.

    Gay: Thank you. Ebb and flow, give and take, yin and yang… love.

    Dustus: Yes, me too. Remembering that it’s all about balance is hard for me too. It’s so easy to fall into “it’s all about me.”

    Amanda: Thank you, my friend. Thanks very sweet of you to say.

    Desert Rose: Thank you. I’m so glad you liked it.

    Pete: The words “well crafted” coming from you are a real compliment indeed. Thank you.

    Kavita: Wow. That is so flattering. Thank you!

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