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Within its outer covering,
coloured the palest green,
in utter darkness, wondering,
and so, of course, unseen…

It lies beneath the horrid weight
of new and ancient waste,
and yet, it doesn’t fear or hate
and never feels displaced.

A perfect, living, little tree,
remembering the light,
and yet, it doesn’t think or see;
it doesn’t scratch or bite.

And, deep within the forest,
someone stands upright,
unacknowledged and unblessed
but perfectly polite…

Who has never closed his eyes
or thought he was alone,
and animates what otherwise
would only be cold stone.

His body is transparent;
you can almost see right through;
he’s powerful and patient
and what he says is true.

His heart is pulsing crimson and
a shaft of morning light
shows something flashing in his hand;
he never has to fight.

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Our spirits are like plants, seeking the light, and human creativity is as powerful a force as nature itself and the artist’s tools will always be superior to any destructive weapons.

I am a Canadian, originally from Ontario, and am now living in Calgary, Alberta. I have studied sciences and anthropology at university and travelled across North America and briefly to Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been writing for over 20 years and performed my work in public. I have written more than 100 poems, several short stories and am presently working on a few novels.

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  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leealmost 6 years ago

    “Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight…”
    Bob Dylan Chimes of Freedom
    Well written Nancy.
    Good thinking! :)

  • Thanks very much, Philosophy Lee, and good to hear from you. I’m totally from the 60’s myself and thanks for the Dylan comparison because he was certainly one of my earliest influencing geniuses.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Esther Johnson
    Esther Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful!!! : )

  • Thanks, Esther.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 4 years ago

    exceptional writing Nancy, really wonderful to read

  • I am so glad you enjoy this, Solomon.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much for this and the fave, Tammera.

    – Nancy Ames

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedover 3 years ago

    beautiful Nancy :))

  • I`m happy that you enjoyed this, SimplyRed, and thanks for the fave too.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago

  • I am delighted to be featured in Heart and Soul.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago


  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedover 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much for this feature, SimplyRed.

    – Nancy Ames

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    I have read it aloud…for the second time,
    leaving the singing run across my heart.
    And there the magic of a creature full of Art and Wisdom,
    without arguments to live…in perfect harmony with the Soul.
    Accepting, and deserving the energy of Art.
    I know what you mean..where you are standing for.
    Rosa (Wonderful, Nancy…I love it and have enjoyed it much!)

  • Thankyou Rosa – and art is nothing without appreciation.

    – Nancy Ames

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    Because we admire the rythm, the breathing, the imagery and the tenderness of art seeking Soul, and we have found all this in this writing, it deserves such a gift.!!!

  • Thanks again, Rosa.

    – Nancy Ames

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