Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Call of the Drum

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The crone, wrinkled and gnarled,
with her long stringy hair,
is stirring in the forest
in her nest of leaves.

Rabbits and wolf cubs perk their ears
and the bear is arrested mid-swoop,
while fishing in  the river.

She is sounding the drum,
its reverberating thrum
calling the Council of All Beings
to the river's edge.

Her drumbeat is calling me
out of the gray town.
It beckons me deep
into the forest's heart,
where all is green, and silent
and sacred.

I enter the primeval sepulchre
as the world goes still
and falls away.

The way forward is written
somewhere
within that stillness.

I need but listen closely,
to find my way.

43 comments:

  1. Listen closely, Sherry. You will hear what you need to hear!

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  2. there is always one distinct sound for the soul..you will know it when you hear it... great poem Sherry

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  3. Good place for the drumming to begin with the crone in the leaves in the forest--I feel it's trustworthy as a heart beat. Trance-like.

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  4. I love the path you have paved and I will follow the drumming-it is where we find ourselves!
    Beautiful!
    Merry Christmas Sherry

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  5. one of the problems people have... they don't listen... great walk through the woods with you

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  6. Lovely, Sherry. Merry Christmas!

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  7. the way forward is written in the stillness...there is truth to that...to stop and listen...

    i hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

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  8. I love that stillness deep in nature ~ Let's hope we can all listen closely ~ Merry Christmas to you ~

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  9. We all need to listen closely--but not so easy--thanks for the reminder, Sherry! k.

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  10. this call i ache to hear, too. i love the drumbeat of your spirit inside the words you weave...

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  11. Yes, I do think if a person listens closely enough they will hear the message they need to hear! Profound, Sherry.

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  12. i still agree on the way forward being found in that stillness...listening for the drum drum drum....smiles.

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  13. Soothing setting. No wonder it relaxes you enough to listen.

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  14. the drumbeat of the forest leading you out into the wild, onto new ways... and you have to trust the guidance of your heart to find them as well...

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  15. listening is an art and one that is not often practised, well captured here, well done,

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  16. To listen to the sound of Nature.. The wind rustling the trees the bird chirping away.. I'm sure we can hear that council there.

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  17. Your description is so vivid I can see it all before my eyes: the woman and her drum deep in the forest primeval.

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  18. Excellent Sherry and sometimes a search is needed for an elusive answer. The way forward is there - though it might need some looking.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]
    PS Please be patient with me - I will respond to your email soon...hopefully...

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  19. how fantastical! this was reminiscent of a trek through a mountain behind my former home in Pago Pago. I can definitely relate to the beautiful natural surroundings of your poem but with different other beasts and birds. good job Sherry!

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  20. Wonderful, a great feeling is found in such places.

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  21. Bravo! A true glimpse of the talent behind the pen :-)
    ZQ

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  22. the way forward is in that stillness...and if one finds it that's the best thing..great lines Sheey:)

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  23. Even stillness has sound..all we need is to listen closely... :-)

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  24. Oh, Sherry! Such a reminder about drum....I want to study, play and listen, of course ...to hear my way too... :) happy Sunday xx

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  25. listening closely, yes!

    perhaps there's something in the stillness of nature we need to hear. great work!

    stacy lynn mar
    http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

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  26. Beautiful Sherry. The drum beats like a heart, and yours speaks to you about love of the world, kindness, and sharing. I think it will guide you well.

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  27. oooo - love the feel of this, Sherry - somewhere in that stillness is the way - lovely K

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  28. I think if we listen carefully we too can hear the drum and be led to wisdom.

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  29. Ah, beautiful. A retreat into nature's stillness can work wonders for our chaotic minds. :)

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  30. Good again, Sherry. retreat can be a call to wisdom, more life, death ...its a call I would follow.

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  31. somewhere in that stillness.. and how it's calling our souls. beautiful.

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  32. Sherry, oh you know this one speaks volumes my friend..the council by the river does have a plan all you need do is listen..the drumming hooked me.

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  33. I love all the visuals...creatures, habitat...you give us, especially in the first three stanzas. Wonderful.

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  34. The drum beats of nature have been calling for some time, a few hear; a precious few. Let's hope the crone can rally the troops.

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  35. Instinct is certainly one of the good senses to kick in in settings like those, may you be guided wisely and safely

    Thanks for dropping at my blog

    Have a good week

    Much love...

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  36. It's amazing what we can hear when we take the time to listen! Your writing is lovely, Sherry :)

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