Day 19 – NanoPoblano – “The Light From Love Of Anything” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Inspiration” by Henry David Thoreau

Hello folks.

Nearly two thirds of the way through my found poetry marathon for NanoPoblano and National Blog Posting Month.

Normally I would be tearing my hair out when it comes to prompts right now but thankfully I have been blessed with focusing on the works of some of the greatest poets ever to have lived. I am humbled daily by the incredible talent I am encountering as I go through their works in search of inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, I have used Henry David Thoreau as my muse tonight and as it so happens, he had the perfect poem to pick from 🙂

Here are the lyrics along with many other great poetry resources and I will also post his entire poem below.

Lyrics to “Inspiration” by Henry David Thoreau & other poetic resources over at poets.org

“Inspiration” by Henry David Thoreau

Whate’er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.

If with light head erect I sing,
Though all the Muses lend their force,
From my poor love of anything,
The verse is weak and shallow as its source.

But if with bended neck I grope
Listening behind me for my wit,
With faith superior to hope,
More anxious to keep back than forward it;

Making my soul accomplice there
Unto the flame my heart hath lit,
Then will the verse forever wear—
Time cannot bend the line which God hath writ.

Always the general show of things
Floats in review before my mind,
And such true love and reverence brings,
That sometimes I forget that I am blind.

But now there comes unsought, unseen,
Some clear divine electuary,
And I, who had but sensual been,
Grow sensible, and as God is, am wary.

I hearing get, who had but ears,
And sight, who had but eyes before,
I moments live, who lived but years,
And truth discern, who knew but learning’s lore.

I hear beyond the range of sound,
I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
And in my day the sun doth pale his light.

A clear and ancient harmony
Pierces my soul through all its din,
As through its utmost melody—
Farther behind than they, farther within.

More swift its bolt than lightning is,
Its voice than thunder is more loud,
It doth expand my privacies
To all, and leave me single in the crowd.

It speaks with such authority,
With so serene and lofty tone,
That idle Time runs gadding by,
And leaves me with Eternity alone.

Now chiefly is my natal hour,
And only now my prime of life;
Of manhood’s strength it is the flower,
‘Tis peace’s end and war’s beginning strife.

It comes in summer’s broadest noon,
By a grey wall or some chance place,
Unseasoning Time, insulting June,
And vexing day with its presuming face.

Such fragrance round my couch it makes,
More rich than are Arabian drugs,
That my soul scents its life and wakes
The body up beneath its perfumed rugs.

Such is the Muse, the heavenly maid,
The star that guides our mortal course,
Which shows where life’s true kernel’s laid,
Its wheat’s fine flour, and its undying force.

She with one breath attunes the spheres,
And also my poor human heart,
With one impulse propels the years
Around, and gives my throbbing pulse its start.

I will not doubt for evermore,
Nor falter from a steadfast faith,
For thought the system be turned o’er,
God takes not back the word which once He saith.

I will not doubt the love untold
Which not my worth nor want has bought,
Which wooed me young, and woos me old,
And to this evening hath me brought.

My memory I’ll educate
To know the one historic truth,
Remembering to the latest date
The only true and sole immortal youth.

Be but thy inspiration given,
No matter through what danger sought,
I’ll fathom hell or climb to heaven,
And yet esteem that cheap which love has bought.

 

And finally, here is my found poem based on these beautiful magnificent words by Mr Thoreau – hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it 🙂

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“The Light From Love Of Anything” by David Ellis

We choose our own light
From love of anything
It’s source – wit, hope
To keep the flame lit, forever
Time cannot bend before mind
True love brings some divine sight
Moments lived beyond earth’s skies and seas
Clear harmony through its melody
Its voice speaks with such authority
Strength is peace’s beginning, a chance
With it, life wakes up
Beneath the human heart
The throbbing pulse, its start
From the word love, untold worth
To know the truth
The only true inspiration given through heaven
Which love has bought

 

Still want more? Then check out other Day 19 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

19 NOVEMBER: THE WORST OF ALL – Starving Activist

falling – billfriday.com

COOKIES – THAT CYNKING FEELING

PIKACHU || 90’S NOSTALGIA WEEK – Dean Kealy Design

MoonWell: Chapter 2 – Echoshadow

LYRICAL FORAY – FEARING CRAZY

One Red Notebook – Behind the Willows

I’m drunk and throwing up an old Facebook post. – Julie Burton Blog

Blackmoon WarMage – the matticus kingdom

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 19 – Vanessence

Eagle and Phenix – No Talent For Certainty

The 38th Mistake: Doing What You’re Not Suppose To – The Temenos Journal

SURPLUS – Rarasaur

The Wind Howled – 33 Grams of Blog

Friends – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

Yeah…I Did It. – Mommy Quits

Day 18 & 19 Nanopoblano – Failing at Haiku

Cute Dinosaur 3D Print – Just A Little Bit Sweet

Persephone got a bum rap. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

Penny – RENEE ROBBINS

Take A Chance – Infinity Coaching

Hiding. – Books, Hooks and Yarn

Making Time For Social… – Aberrant Crochet (TM)

PUNTASTIC! – SUDDENLY THEY ALL DIED. THE END.

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