VINCENT

Confused, clear,
passionate as fire,
walking through forests
dreaming he can talk with God,
the man is a child
who needs to be held
for weeks, for months,
for years,
in the warmth of some woman’s lullabies
until his heart knows
he can never be rejected,
never be lost and unknown again
for he sleeps in a starry sea
and amidst the rolling white clouds
that spill over black mountains
after a rain.
One day,
this man Vincent
will sing a song,
with such innocent passion of heart,
with such honesty of intent
that birds will circle him as he sings
and bears hidden in deep brush
will lick their paws with anticipative joy
knowing that such songs
are the beginning
of a dream so beautiful
as to awaken even
the slumbering souls
of men.

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A poem about a young Italian man I met at a festival in the mountains of Italy. Some people are so fragile, incapable of handling their sensitive, loving natures in an often calloused and ruthlessly competitive world. My heart went out to him, and I wrote this poem of hope not only for him, but wish it for every sensitive soul.

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  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsabout 4 years ago

    I know a man like this—and he breaks my heart.
    you wish to give them everything you cannot.
    beautiful heart you have Blake.

  • Yes, the knife which must sever real compassion and the hopeless, misguided, but heart-felt attempts to liberate another. Thanks, K lady.

    – Blake Steele

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 4 years ago

    this is so beautiful, I cannot stop reading it—at first gulping it down like a favorite common drink.
    Then, reading again, one phrase behind another…a sip of rare tea , burning the tongue and sliding past teeth to the place where satisfaction dwells.
    I too know a soul such as this one.
    Good weekend to you, ~sass

  • Wow, Sassafras… your comment spattered my heart with happiness.

    – Blake Steele

  • Tuliptree
    Tuliptreeabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful, Blake. In my case, it’s a much needed reminder to cherish and guide these magical people instead of spurning them in irritation – thank you for that. The image of perfect peace in sleeping in starry skies will stay with me too.

  • Thank ye kindly sweet Tulip…

    – Blake Steele

  • artsmitten
    artsmittenabout 4 years ago

    Truly beautiful write ..for a lovable and precious soul , i always love the imagery you create in your words ..

  • Thanks so much, Artsmitten. I’m glad.

    – Blake Steele

  • Care
    Careabout 4 years ago

    sooo beautiful Blake!! : D where oh where would the world be without the sensitive dreamers….

  • Thanks, Care. Can you imagine a world that fully supports sensitive dreamers? Let’s work for it in small, but meaningful ways every day. Love to you!

    – Blake Steele

  • jackofnotrade
    jackofnotradeabout 4 years ago

    So very moving. I know what this kind of vulnerability is like and how long it takes roots to grow back, once uprooted in the Storm, thin as gossamer for a while, everything is so tenuous. Years on, roots are thicker but the tree no less fragile, and sometimes you think you have what it takes to get that song out of your gut but mostly your still too violent with yourself. Sensitivity is a bitch, until you can handle it. Some are born skinless, just how it is.

    Your voice is beautiful in this poem, like that of a spiritual father. For the Pisces fish in all of us…

  • Oooo, beautiful knowing words, Jim. Thank you so much for leaving them here.

    – Blake Steele

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Voceabout 4 years ago

    A very moving write.

  • Thanks Betty. Much Love…

    – Blake Steele

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 4 years ago

    Blake, oh, this brought both tears and smiles upon my face. Passionate in its simplest form of love with its many soulful dreamers. Your powerfully beautiful words painted Vincent into a beautiful canvas for the world to admire, appreciate and love. Peace and love be with you always, Lisa =)XO

  • A fine comment, Lisa… and thank you for it.

    – Blake Steele


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