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The ninth life

This is where we feature some of our all-time favorite poems written by the wonderful people of Inspiration Peak.
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Beautiful Soul
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Post by Maithri » August 1, 2008, 6:33 am

Here I am,

Feet barely
on this
half-lit shore.

Quietly nursing

In these brown hands
a cardboard box of
painted dreams
that never
opened their wings...

Pluripotent seeds
left unnurtured.

As the wind steals
a tear
from my eye

Silent requiem
for what might
have been,

I turn to leave...

When suddenly
the velvet veil of
my own self pity

I glimpse
a smile of ocean
before me

Wild and deep
Sensuous and sacred

It seems to say...

"Child of the mystery,
This is your ninth life.

This open moment,
gleaming with silver promise,
burning with amber hope,

Will never come again.

Take the quivering hand i give you

Green with life,
Naked with possibility

And dance with me

In the shadow
of the shadow

To the ache within
the ache

Where soft forgiveness
waits to kiss your
tired face

And fragrant love
opens her
petalled heart
to the eyes
of the evening

Leave your past,
and your tears on
the altar of yesterday,

And walk with me

the infinite arms

Copyright - Maithri Goonetilleke 2008
If you cant feed one hundred people. Feed one. - Mother Teresa



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Post by brooke » August 1, 2008, 10:26 am


this speaks to the heart,

gentle pleasant words,

a truly brilliant sound

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how to respond to each one"-Colossians 4:6

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Post by fredcowie » August 1, 2008, 11:20 am

Damn, that is a great piece of writing.....and a nice visible flow of words also...........Viktor Frankl lost everything in the concentration camps....all of his loved ones..........yet never lost his will to live and to tell others how he did it so they too could survive, persevere and endure the crucible that is life.........you too are a guiding light, thanks, Fred
Frederick J. Cowie, Ph.D. Please visit my website at fredcowie.com, my FACEBOOK(/fredcowie) page where I post my writings and my paintings every day. Peace!

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Post by ladybird » August 1, 2008, 3:30 pm

Dearest (((((Maithri))))),

A truly beautiful gem!!!

Mega thanx for sharing this outpouring from your soul!!!

...you have a gift at creating the most brilliant imagery with your writing and it leaves one spellbound!!!

love from a blissed
ladybird luv
Sunshine surrounds the earth as love surrounds our souls. ~Amethyst Snow-Rivers

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Post by Morning Bear » August 2, 2008, 8:35 am

Yes Maithri,
life is always worth the effort of going forward into and experiencing all of it that we are able to.
A very nice work of poetic expression.
Thank you,

For me to believe in you doesn't require that you believe in me,...it only simply requires that you know and thus become all that you are meant to be. MB

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Post by Mammy » August 3, 2008, 7:04 am

Spellbound - that's the word I was looking for! :p
(Thanks Ladybird)

You never cease to amaze me Maithri luv luv luv luv luv luv

Mammy xxx

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Post by Luckintheshadows » August 4, 2008, 10:17 am

*sighs blissfully* what an utterly divine creation. Your words paint such beautiful images into my mind. This poem should be in a book, on the very first page... *standing ovation* Thank you so much for sharing this superb piece of poetry - it really speaks to a persons soul.



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Post by Hollyberry » August 4, 2008, 2:07 pm


Thank you dearest soul for this!!! This is the best expression of hope and forgiveness for all our shortcomings. I love this and will treasure this as I do all your poems.

So, when are you going to be published??????

Much love,

Holly :)
"Where there is great love, there are always miracles."

~Willa Cather

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Post by Lion~* » August 5, 2008, 11:17 pm

((((Maithri)))... you are one intensely breathtaking soul! I have no words to convey the intensity of emotion your poem has provoked within me.... thank you ... is no small expression of gratitude for your lovely outpouring.

Love encompassing you friend
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart...William Wordsworth

Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. - William Thackeray

The bottom line, especially for my character,
is the issue of unconditional love.”
Matthew Weeden

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Post by revdcb » August 11, 2008, 10:39 am

great poem, is there some significance in the number nine? revdcb

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