love is the axis on which i swing

I peered beyond the darkness
and into the eyes of the night sky
those starry lights spoke of heights
dizzy and unkown and I realised
that I knew nothing…
but this..

Love is the axis on which I swing
without it I am no thing
a void and a miss a lost soul
a mist above the rotting soil

Could I be made of the same matter
as the stars, the sun, the moon and sky
is love just this feeling of the night
or does it endure past the darkness into
the brightness of light and life

If there’s one thing I could do
what would that one thing be
i would love, and i would be loved
and….nothing else, nothing more
and nothing less

And…nothing else, nothing more
and nothing less

I say out aloud, bless the sky and
bless the sun and bless the sea and
ev – er – y – one

I say out aloud, bless bless the sky
bless the sun and bless the land
we all call home

And love the land and love the sea
and love the people loving me
and love the hope and be the free
and tell the blind that they can see
believe in you, believe in me
believe that what we can will be

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  • annieannie
    annieannieover 2 years ago

    karin this is lovely
    i especially like the final verse
    and of that i like perhaps best of all
    ..and love the people loving me…
    it is so important for anyone to know
    that they are loved
    yo and i are so fortunate in that
    xx annie

  • thank you so much for your lovely response annie ((hugs)) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 2 years ago

    love makes the world go around Karin. :).. you have a wonderful way with words …enjoyed reading xx

  • thank you so much dear Linda…it does, it surely does my friend xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 2 years ago

    Your poem brought back some sweet memories, Karin! Your writing is always captivating, but this one reminded me of reading poems by Shel Silverstein to my kids when they were little. Your poem reads and has the same sort of rhythm as his poetry. I loved reading them to the kids as much as they loved hearing them. Perhaps you have already read Silverstein…but just in case I thought I would share one with you, quite possibly making this comment the longest one in RB history. I hope you don’t mind!

    *The Little Boy and the Old Man by Shel Silverstein

    Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
    Said the old man, “I do that too.”
    The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
    “I do that too,” laughed the little old man.
    Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
    The old man nodded, “So do I.”
    “But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
    Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”
    And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
    “I know what you mean,” said the little old man."*

  • Thank you so much Karen, that’s very high praise, I have heard of Silverstein once or twice and just went to look him up again here I was surprised to learn he wrote The Unicorn (one of my most favourite songs) and many songs for Dr Hook as well as Johnny Cash’s “a Boy Named Sue” another of my faves…it seems many of my favourite songs in fact, were written by him. It’s very cool to be likened to him thank you so much for the beaut compliment, I’ll go to sleep with a smile on my face tonight ((big hugs Karen)) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Wonderful write Karin (literally speaking though we are made up of stardust).

    When I was little, in school we watched an educational series of videos called “Look-up”. One of the characters name is Imagination and I think the other was Robot. When watching the one about the stars, Robot said stars were made of Helium and Hydrogen. To that Imagination says “Helium, isn’t that the think use to make balloon light? And Hydrogen, isn’t that what is in the water we drink? So if Helium and Hydrogen, which stars are made up of, are used by people on earth, then we are like stars ourselves!” Hehehe… all the random things I remember.

    But it’s true though; everything here on earth is born out of stardust – learned that in high school. But in that sense we are all one.

  • …Mui-Ling, that is sooo fascinating…I didn’t know that (and very cool indeed) …to think we are all made of the same particles and stardust, despite us having different points of view and strengths…its nice to think of us all as one, very nice…now if only people could shelve their differences in preference for love and acceptance, my heart would become much lighter hey….hugs xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • thank you so much dear Liz! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerover 2 years ago

    This is WONDERFUL!

  • thank you so very much for your lovely response Angela!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • TonySlattery
    TonySlatteryover 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful sentiment. It’s a wonderful way to start the day.

  • thank you so much Tony, I’m so glad it had a good effect on the start of your day! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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