Thursday, October 3, 2013

Spine Poetry





The searching spirit,
the audacity of hope:
fire in the soul,
 race against time
for the benefit of all beings.

Reason for hope:
spiritual ecology,
a return to love.

Paths to peace:
being peace.
Peace is every step.

An open heart:
compassion in action.
I give you my life:
how can I help?

Over at dVerse, Sam Peralta set us a cool, fun challenge - to create a poem using book titles. I quickly picked a handful off my shelves at random. I could have gone on and on!!!!

Authors are, in order: 
The Searching Spirit -Joy Adamson 
The Audacity of Hope - Barak Obama
Fire In the Soul - Joan Borysenko 
A Race Against Time - Stephen Lewis
For the Benefit of All Beings - the Dalai Lama

Reason for Hope - Jane Goodall
Spiritual Ecology - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
A Return to Love - Marianne Williamson

Paths to Peace - John Matthews
Being Peace - Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step - Thich Nhat Hanh

An Open Heart - Dalai Lama
Compassion in Action - Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush
I Give You My Life - Anya Khema
How Can I Help? - Ram Dass and Paul Gorman



37 comments:

  1. nice... so full of compassion, hope and the will to give and help...really like your choise sherry and how you wove them together..

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  2. Nice pairing & connecting of titles, Sherry. Like you, I have a lot of books, so I didn't stop until I had used over 50 titles. Peace, hope, love, heart came coupled & smiling. Good work, thanks.

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  3. Love your choices. They make a beautiful message. Books I would have in my library if I had a library. I do have one by Thich Nhat Hanh. Wonderful author.

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  4. Love the peace stanza.. such a strong one, could stand by itself..

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  5. "Return to love" is the very center. How appropriate!

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  6. race against time for the benefit of all beings....that was enough for me...i think you nailed your mission...and your book choices reflect you well...smiles.

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  7. Yes - your voice is clearly present using the books you own. A champion for peace, an optimist, a volunteer, caring, generous, full of bliss.

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  8. We can feel what matters to you Sherry in this poem. And I like the hope and the open heart.

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  9. A random choosing leads to some very powerful poetry! Love. Just love.

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  10. You are a peace activist ~ Love the compassion shining through ~

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  11. Did you have fun getting them together.
    Love the ending

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  12. Wow... you made sense of it all. Love it, Sherry!

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  13. Two Thich Nhat Hanhs :)) Yay! Most of my books are in boxes - so mine isn't quite the representative I'd have liked but wasn't this just so much fun?
    Big kisses and hugs my lovely Sherry xxxx

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  14. Full of hope for the world..great titles...I can hear your soul speak..

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  15. Lovely message and a wonderful presentation!

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  16. Beautiful thoughts contained in these titles--thanks for arranging them to bring out the beauty. Nicely done!

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  17. just a beautiful poem - so well constructed with such a moving message -K

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  18. If you are not improved after these, mmm. Very nice. Organized.

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  19. With this extensive reading list you could help anyone Sherry:) Very enjoyable.

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  20. Beautiful, Sherry. No surprise.

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  21. Wonderful Sherry! I love your spine poem :D

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  22. Sherry, you know how I feel about your choice of subject... bliss... the writers, too. The progression of titles is most effective, and then you wrote a poem ON the spines. You little overachiever, you. BRILL. Amy

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  23. the interconnection is woven so well here Sherry!

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  24. Love, peace and compassion, the perfect combination.

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  25. What wonderful books you chose! I just like thinking about all of them, much less reading the poem. Really lovely. Thanks, Sherry! K.

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  26. So many strong and vitally imprtant messages here; individually they call for notice; collectively they demand our attention and action.

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  27. good choices.. you put them together well...

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  28. I think your titles and your poem reflect your good and lovely heart Sherry.

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  29. The last line really drew it all together. Wonderful.

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  30. Paths to peace: being peace. YES.
    Now if only we could somehow make it happen... Thank you.

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  31. Such a consistent theme over an extended length, especially under the constraints of the titles in your library - that's remarkable. And I love the progression to the final question, that turns the philosophical into the real, the personal, the immediate.

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  32. Amazing the message you were able to put together, Sherry...a writer's talent!

    One time an artist friend and I walked into a huge card shop in the city. I suspect we both were hit with: "overwhelming".

    Suddenly we began plucking cards and flashing them at one another - creating a most hilarious conversation with their messages! It was such fun - mutual, spontaneous and totally creative.

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