Category Archives: Commentary

A Spirit’s Place

A Spirit’s Place ©2018 Rolland G. Smith There is a place by water’s edge Where spirit’s mind and nature meet. It’s on a lake where land’s hooked wedge Have lodge and soul and water greet. Each cabin there emits a peace. Its starlight’s silence in the night Becomes the dawn’s new light’s release Where morning’s sounds are fresh and bright. A mist evolves from water’s warm To fog the lake’s dawn’s peaceful claim, But soon the sun will beam its norm And clear the surface…

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Why Poetry?

Why poetry? Poetry, whether its rap or metered verse, quatrains or sonnets, laughs and cries, clarifies and condemns and brings the intellectual and emotional senses into a radiating body of meaningful words. Poetry holds, sometimes forever, an emotion long past, a desire forgotten, a wish remembered or a splendor that’s vanished in the illusion of time. It is also a minute connection to the elegance of verbal choice; to the beauty of form and the emotion of words put fitly together on the palate of…

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October’s farewell

t’s a colorful Fall here in the East so I thought this chilly October morning should have a little poetic tribute to the changing season. Leaves ©2018 Rolland G. Smith   I now know why we call them leaves; Too soon they fall when frosted thieves Lure their green to red and golds In colors soft and dazzling bolds.   Leaves drop from age and sometimes breeze To land on lawns by shrubs and trees. They drift in circles to the ground In crinkling, cracking,…

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To Be of Service

Within the human spirit there is an intrinsic, yet often-obscured desire to be of service. Service can be defined as “instantaneous response to need.” We see it all the time in selfless acts of courage when heroic action is spontaneous in saving a life or some other act of bravery. Philosopher Joseph Campbell calls it “a moment when you and the other are one,” and nothing could change it even to the point of death. Somewhere deep within our soul being we acknowledge that we…

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