I shall quietly abide

I shall quietly abide on a calm sea

And when the waters violently strike and gash the boat

I shall simply calm myself and thee

. . . . . . . .

I shall sit atop a lone hill gazing down on the soft grass

And when the wind forms into gusts that whip my skin

I shall simply shift my thoughts to meditate on gratitudinal things

. . . . . . .

I shall go slowly where I walk

And when the crowds rush to beat me

I will console myself that I continue in the moment

. . . . . .

I shall walk in bare feet to connect with the earth

And when the burs and sharp rocks tear my feet

I will remember the suffering of those before me

. . . . . .

I will sing a song to heaven

And when the world is overwhelmed by chaos and pain

I choose good intention and prayerful gestures

. . . . . .

I will show the world my smile

And when fear grips my every bone and shatters my dreams

I will look kindly and love regardless

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All rights reserved © Karin Taylor 1965 – 2013*
Contact email karinlouisetaylor@gmail.com*
These images are the exclusive property of myself, Karin Taylor and are protected under the Australian and International Copyright laws. These images must not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of myself, Karin Taylor.

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  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 2 years ago

    This has a sweet yearning imbued in each stanza…. an warm offering to remember that we can endure, we can be soft and hard at the same time. This is wonderful nougat.xxxx

  • Thank you for your beautiful response KarenSue (hugs) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 2 years ago

    i am so moved by this piece . . . . quiet and gentle soulful suffering. great job. xx

  • Thanks so much yvonca, you are so special xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Anna S.
    Anna S.over 2 years ago

    Your poem has made my morning Karen. Beautiful piece…

  • Thank you very much Anna, you made my heart smile with appreciation and joy :) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

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

    An artist can pay just as much attention to detail in the world around them through their bodies, just as they pay attention to detail in art through their eyes. Just beautiful Karin.

  • I think that’s so true Mui-Ling, thank you so much my friend ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • LoreLeft27
    LoreLeft27over 2 years ago

    wonderful so very very beautiful writing gorgeous work

  • aw, thank you so much :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Sushikant S.
    Sushikant S.over 2 years ago


  • thank you so much :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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