Monday, 9 April 2012

My journey: 1st Blogoversary

I never knew what I was capable of,
until I began writing.





there are journeys we make  
alone, into white space, we take
     no destination, just the sun for muse
     for with each step, our eyes awake

there are open skies we seek
wide and deep waters beyond the creek
     searching for our voice and words
     learns the tongue, coarse with leeks

there are roads we rip and weep
alas, its not ours to keep
     no matter how tight we cling, we slip
     through rocky mountains, so steep


there are doors we keep closed
like books on shelf with a pressed rose
     wild ideas, lover's touch, car trips, 
     we forget while eating our toast 

there are roads we empty of words
stretching far, they strike our chords
     cleaving breasts, awakening muse
     learns to wield pen like a sword
 
there are journeys we make  
with each step, our eyes awake

 
Author's Note:   After one year of blogging, I still don't know where I am heading to except trying out new forms and blogging stuff that interest and challenge me.  It has been a wonderful year and I am grateful to all of you who have supported and visited me with kindness and smiles.     

Shared with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - OpenLinkNight - Monday
and D'verse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight - Tuesday


Poetry form:   Rubiayat Quatrain- Persian verse composed of four lines in a stanza, with the rhyme scheme AABA.   I added the last two lines :-)   This is my second rubiayat quatrain - my first one is here - thanks to Samuel Peralta.   


picture credit:  here

95 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary, Heaven! :) Have enjoyed reading the poems you posted. Cheers to you and good journey always!

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    1. Thank you Ravenblack for your lovely words ~

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  2. I think you have summed it up so well: there are journeys we make, with each step, our eyes awake. You have created an enduring legacy of your creativity here. I hope your writing always goes from strength to strength.

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    1. Thank you Kerry for all your support and encouragement.

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  3. I enjoy sharing your journey with you and will enjoy seeing where your journey leads you! Happy Blogoversary to you!

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    1. Thank you Mary for your visits and kind words.

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  4. Happy one year anniversary. There is one thing about our lives, we need to realise that we mustn't ever think we can remain in one place. We must change or, we stagnate too. Since I've been reading you, your writing has grown, it has developed so much more depth and feeling.
    Keep on keeping on Grace, wherever the direction takes you.

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    1. Thank you Bren. I try my best to improve on my writing.

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  5. Wonderful post! And happy one year anniversary. It took me several years to define my blogging persona, so to speak. Hope you find your groove. It's funny you posted about your muse today, as I did too. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Denise for the lovely words. I feel I am always changing my style and persona.

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  6. happy blogoversary...its a journey which you capture so eloquently in your words and along the way if we are lucky, we find those that inspire us and touch our lives...thank you for sharing this year with us...

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    1. Thank you Brian for holding my hand and gifting me with smiles in my humble beginnings. If not for your generous heart, I won't be where I am today. You continue to inspire me Poet ~

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  7. congrats on completing one year Grace! your blog has been a treat for me...keep it up!

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    1. Thank you Ashok for your kind words.

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  8. Ahh I love this!...every single little piece. And happy blogoversary!

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  9. Love this poem, this is my new anthem. Thank you!

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  10. Happy Blogoversary, Heaven. Always a pleasure to come here. Here's to endless years of happy blogging and great poetry!

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  11. Grace, what a beautiful journey you story for us on your 1st blogoversary - I expect most of can identify, here too:

    "I never knew what I was capable of,
    until I began writing."

    Well done...

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  12. Happy One Year of Poems!!!! Good for you. We have so enjoyed your journey. I love this poem, especially the last two lines......with each step, our eyes awake. Wonderful!

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  13. very good poem indeed.and wonderful utilisation of the form.may ur journey continue for many many years.

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  14. Your poem describes the journey in a wonderful way. Congratulations on your successful year. This is a wondrous path, isn't it?

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  15. Congrats on the year been a fun ride indeed. Not many know where they are going when they start, but it does become quite the venture, here's to many more.

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    1. Thanks Pat for your support and friendship.

      I thought you would noticed my rhymes :-)

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  16. A poem that is also an ars poetica that is also a memorial to a journey that has only just begun. Best wishes on your anniversary, and may you have more discoveries, insights, verses to share along the way.

    And oh! Another rubaiyat! How wonderful is that? :-)

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    1. Its a nice form, thanks for sharing it with us.

      Thanks for your wonderful wishes ~

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  17. I thought for sure you'd been blogging for more than a year. You've accomplished a lot. Great job and congrats!

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  18. It seems more than a year! Congratulations on the richness of your journey so far and the wondrous words you have sprinkled on us. I love this poem and it made me think, yes, how aware are we of the passing of time as we 'eat our toast.' Thanks for the footnote re your poetic form. I've read some Persian writings (in translation) but not poets.

    Denise

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  19. Congratulations, "Naughty Girl!"

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  20. Happy blog anniversary, I have loved reading you and meeting you here. I wish you much happiness on your continued journey.

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  21. Happy Anniversary...may their be more journeys to fill white pages. This poem was beautiful!

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  22. Happy Blog Anniversary! May there be many more!

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  23. I for one am super glad you started blogging, you have lent me some fantastic thoughts, painted me some naked paintings with words and stretched my emotions to fit screen. Heres to another year followed by another....Cheers and lots of love in your general direction...congratulations.

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    1. Thanks for all the cheers and love Corey. I appreciate your support ~

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  24. congratulations. alone, into the white space. you capture the spirit so well.

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    1. Thank you Ed for your lovely words.

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  25. ooh, I do love when you use rhymes, I usually don't think I'm reading poetry if it doesn't have rhymes :)

    Big congrats on the first year of blogging! Where's the party? :)

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    1. Thanks Dez ~ I think our friends, the rhyming cat and Pat, have influenced your love for rhymes :-)

      Here, have some Canadian wine and cheese ~~~~~

      Cheers ~

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    2. ooh, give the wine to the drunk Cat the Pat, but I'm taking the cheese :) and I'm off to do some mischief in the dark corner with Daniel Powter, I see you're invited him to the party too :)))

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  26. nice...congrats on one year of blogging...it's a journey indeed...and a great and adventurous discovery trail...you never know what's behind the next bend and this is what i love so much about it.. nice capture of that journey with your poem as well...so happy celebrations..smiles

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    1. Thank you Claudia. I appreciate your support and encouragement. Cheers ~

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  27. YOU have absolutely been a joy to read!
    congratulations on a year of superb writing.
    i look forward to many more years.

    xoxo

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    1. Lisa, thank you for your sweet words. I appreciate it.

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  28. Happy, Happy Anniversary! Keep writing! xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your support and lovely words ~

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  29. with each steps our eyes awake. So beautifully true. Happy Blogoversary Heaven. You are the beauty, and poet voice of the community. dVerse is not dVerse without you.

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    1. Thank you Oceangirl for the love and beautiful words. I am honored to be part of D'verse ~

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  30. You are such an amazing writer, Grace. LOVE this:

    "there are journeys we make
    alone, into white space, we take
    no destination"

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words Shawna ~

      I appreciate it ~

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  31. Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite writers. Loved this poem - keep traveling, the destination is in the journey. Keep writing, lady! You're a real talent.

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  32. As so many have said before me - this is a beautiful poem. There are on,y so man phrases and adjectives of praise we have to choose from :-) Happy one year anniversary. I am very happy to have found you.

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    1. Thank you Ellecee. I am lucky to have found you too ~

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  33. Happy blogaversary! You seem to have evolved beautifully. Your writing is lovely. This poem describes your journey so well. Funny how blogging changes us.

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    1. It does indeed. Thank you Myrna.

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  34. Happy blogaversary! I hope to read much more of your beautiful writing over the next year! Lovely poem :)

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    1. Thank you Louise for your lovely words. I appreciate it.

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  35. Happy Blogaversary!! I am so happy to find your verse every week and to see where your white road has led you to--and looking forward to many more--

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  36. Heaven, Happy one year anniversary blogging. Fantastic depiction of how the poetry and poetic journey has taken place and spoke to and through you. Very nice. Thanks

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    1. Thank you Fred for the kind visits and encouragement. I appreciate it.

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  37. Firstly, congratulations on an immense milestone.

    And much props for the poem. Very brilliant.

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    1. Thank you skyraft ~ I appreciate your lovely words ~

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  38. Let's raise our glass and toast a cheer
    here's to another most poetic year! (Sorry...I had no candles) Congratulations on a wonderful year of words and fellowship, and here's to many more!

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    1. Cheers Natasha ~ Thank you for support and encouragement~

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  39. there are doors we keep closed
    like books on shelf with a pressed rose

    Beautiful words. I remember stumbling upon your blog quite a while ago (it IS hard to forget as the imagery is often erotic, but beautifully rendered and that is hard to find! Your writing is thoughtful and beautiful and I am glad it isn't sealed up and tucked away somewhere. Obviously, a blog can give you anonymity, but you have a gift of which you can be proud. Cheers on your first year!

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  40. Yes, congratulations on your first year. Very well done — keep it up! I love this poem.
    K

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  41. when we start writing something, we usually have no idea what direction it will take

    messy little girl

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  42. "there are journeys we make
    alone, into white space,..."

    With each poem, each piece we write, we start that journey anew. A lovely piece, Heaven, to commemorate your Blog's first anniversary!

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  43. Happy first year to you!! I love the stanza about the rose pressed...this poem has such an honest voice, really great, Heaven!

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  44. ahhh this was great..a celebration of the poetic voice! i love how you've celebrated an awakening almost- and i know exactly how you feel- once you start writing the world somehow seems different and you see things differently- this was just a great testament to that- and congratulations to you on your 1st year anniversary!

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  45. What did we do before blogs and the internet! The poem captures the excitement of the journey!

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  47. An accomplished set of Quatrains. Congrats on your poetic blogging anniversary.

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  48. Beautiful verse, Heaven! It is a never ending journey every time. Sadly not many could appreciate the changes unlike what you had shown. Great!

    Hank

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  49. Great job of filling the form with artful imagery and ideas. I've enjoyed your work ever since joining up with dVerse last summer. Happy anniversary and keep it coming. Very nice poem here.

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  50. Congratulations, Heaven~! Blogging is quite the journey into the self.

    Brava!

    Lady Nyo

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  51. This is coming late Gracie... but thank you for your Heavenly words .. that make my heart sing every time I read!

    The placing of the words helped me to identify the style, even as much as the article in the Pub about it!

    Happy Bloggiversary! Love you!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. Congratulations Grace on completing your first year of poetry. I want to repeat how proud I am of your accomplishments, and how far your poetry has come. Also how much you have developed as a writer. Your confidence has deepened and your subject matter has broadened to the point you take on art for arts sake, ars poetica as Sam said for your subject today. It's a wonderful exploration of your journey to date, and a guidepost along the journeys to come. Well done!

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    1. Gay, your words mean a lot to me. Thank you for your patience and support of my earlier writings. I hope to improve and broaden my work and try out other forms.

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  53. Wonderful journey...thanks for bringing us along.

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  54. Excellent as usual Heaven. This celebrates so much of your journey which I thank you for allowing me to share in all its richness and illumination. For there's light on this road, along with the love of words and poetic revelation.

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  55. ♪♫•*♥¨*•.¸¸♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*♥¨*•. ¸¸ ♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
    *** Happy Blogiversary, Grace!!! ***
    ♪♫•*♥¨*•.¸¸♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•. ¸¸ ♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*

    How do I begin to celebrate you? Your words have continually washed through every part of me this past year. You've been sexy and cerebral, sweet and encouraging. You've painted pictures through your poetry and prose which I've carried to bed, lain upon my pillow and let drift lazily through my dreams. You've endlessly aroused me, stirred and challenged me to expand my writing. You have at times taken my breath away.

    You are, my dear, my definition of wonderful and I look forward to another year of reading and learning you.

    xo

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    1. Thank you for the music and lovely words...I really appreciate your support and encouragement. Cheers to you ~

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  56. Happy Blogiversary to you!!! I've enjoyed reading your work throughout this year. You have inspired me to aim higher with my haiku and tanka. I wish you happiness and a benevolent muse this coming year!

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    1. Thank you Lolamouse ~ I appreciate your kind wishes and visits ~

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  57. those first two lines and image - wow! ;-)

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  58. It is great that your inspiration
    became a part of life's narration--
    now your words open fresh to life's wonder,
    expressing the moods of daily sensation

    you have one year of writing put under--
    but it's the process that matters, not the occasional blunder;
    and as you, like all of us, master life's gestation,
    more and more, we hear your thunder

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  59. congratulations Heaven !!!
    loved the way u weaved the journey in words :)

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  60. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!

    You write good.
    xoo

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  61. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!

    You write good.
    xoo

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  62. Happy Blogversary ... great milestone. I have enjoyed your first year, and look forward to more ...

    I celebrated mine in January, and I am not sure where mine will take me or for how long!!! Enjoying the journey while I am on it!!

    Thank you for sharing with us!! :)

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  63. I'm late, but here.. Congratulation on your year of beautiful poetry. You should at least think of making a blog book for yourself. I know it would be great with your creativity...

    Peace be within you..
    1Manview ....

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