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Ineffable

The sound of rain falling on your roof,
feeling raindrops on your flesh...ineffable--

The tightness of a hug from one you have
not seen for a very long time...ineffable--

Laughter of young children playing, yours 
or not, doesn't matter...ineffable--

The way a sunrise gives you hope, and a 
sunset presages a peaceful death...ineffable--

The touch on your neck by your beloved,
the quiet sharing of doing nothing...ineffable--

The awakening from a dream full of wonders,
the sense you were in another world...ineffable--

The moment of joining with another human being,
the strange mixture of joy and sadness...ineffable--

Beholding a tree in full bloom, its myriad leaves 
turning in the wind, whispering life...ineffable--

The quiet, secret, almost desperate longing 
for transcendence, for God... ineffable....

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 1/11/2019 1:10:00 AM
Very inspiring. Particularly LOVE the last stanza. Congrats on your top win, LJ.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 1/11/2019 8:07:00 AM
Thanks Line-- and yes, those last lines define the state of my soul 71 years into this lifetime....
Date: 8/7/2018 4:38:00 PM
Nicely done, L.J., everything leading up to the clincher, to G-d, the ultimate in ineffability, if you will. … A crazy, stray thought: Somehow, it seems as if you could substitute "Ineffable" for "Unforgettable" in the song of that same name by Nat King Cole---and it would work! ... Great poem!! :) gw
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/24/2018 12:39:00 PM
Thanks Gershon-- I'm quite pleased by the comparison with one of the great songs of all time.
Date: 8/5/2018 2:14:00 PM
Ineffable is a word I do not think I ever used in a poem. I even looked it up to know its meaning and wow, this poem really tells it like it is!!! This is such good writing. a FAVE for me. I don't know which contest you won, but Congratulations on a well deserved place.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/6/2018 9:45:00 AM
Thanks Andrea-- I never used it before either but as I put more time in, in 'this' life, I become more aware that there may be a greater Reality beyond-- and within-- this reality of time and space.
Date: 8/3/2018 4:49:00 PM
Words cannot explain how much I liked your poem, although ineffable is a good one. I really enjoyed reading your wonderful piece LJ, in fact I read it through 4 times. Congratulations on a top win, kindest regards, Kevin
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/4/2018 9:40:00 AM
Thank you, Kevin! Four times! Even I don't read them that many times! I really appreciate the feedback--it is one of the myriad unseen miracles in our Universe when one soul can 'talk' to another.
Date: 8/3/2018 12:36:00 AM
Congratulations on your #1 win! :)
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/3/2018 10:45:00 AM
Thanks Susan!
Date: 8/2/2018 4:14:00 PM
Wonderful feelings we sometimes just take for granted, but you've expressed them beautifully...especially the last stanza. Congrats on your Podium win. Sandra
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/3/2018 10:46:00 AM
Thank you Sandra-- and yes, the last couplet means the most to me....
Date: 8/2/2018 3:02:00 PM
Beautifully expressed. And I have to agree with Line about your last stanza. Congrats.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/3/2018 10:47:00 AM
Thank you Dale-- that means a lot to me
Date: 8/2/2018 9:06:00 AM
Your last stanza is a gem. Congrats on your top win, LJ.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/3/2018 10:47:00 AM
Thank you Line-- I'm glad you liked it
Date: 8/2/2018 4:23:00 AM
A definition worthy to be placed in the OED.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/2/2018 7:10:00 AM
Thank you Geoff (though I own the OED and that thing is too damn heavy already!)