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Seeds of Wisdom

A solitary man
I make my way up the mountain
One step at a time
The life I know further and further behind
I wish to be alone
away from the busyness 
the incessant noise
my many responsibilities
life’s never ending activities
work that is never done
all of life’s many conflicts


I reach the top
sit down and cross my legs
As I look out at the landscape
my village is a small mass of thatched roofs
the people barely seeable
I see smoke rising from a central fire
wondering if I will be missed
From this distance the lake appears so small 
I imagine it fitting into a wooden spoon
The horizon surrounds me
stretching my eyes
distracting me from  the pebbles beneath me
blades of grass are now myopically large

I watch as the ants toil
Are our lives not the same?
Seasons change
Summer to fall 
Winter to spring
I witness it all
My beard lengthens as my mind enlarges
Secrets have been revealed
Disconnected yet I am a part of all
I grow downward into the ground
Others come to the mountain top
seeking wisdom
They sit with me for a while
never staying long
Each takes from me so that they may give

I am a man transformed
Arms outstretched reaching to all the horizons
covered with foliage 
The seasons continue to change
 I send my leaves down to the village
beconing them to come to the mountain
no longer do I want to be alone
"Come sit beneath my branches
caress my bark smell my scent
know my soul." 

You come to the mountain top
But I am no longer able to audibly speak
All that I know resides in the rings of my seasons
Still you partake of my wisdom
Putting your ear to my trunk
You can hear my lonely heart beat
aware of my breath whistling through leather like leaves
I attach my seeds to your woolen coat

You are a solitary man
making your way down from the mountain
One step at a time
Closer and closer to our village
To the ones you love
As you walk through the village you shake your coat
Seeds fall on the fertile ground
Finally I have come home...

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 7/22/2018 7:05:00 PM
Interesting evolution some of it I think is wonderful! really like the last 4 stanzas especially, really moving.
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Date: 7/22/2018 9:44:00 AM
Such a beautiful mystic voyage this poem sends us on, Richard. A true masterpiece of transcendent poetry. Love and more love always.
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Date: 7/20/2018 10:44:00 AM
A very well painted canvass, it quite magically pulls the reader in. Terrific write.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/22/2018 9:22:00 AM
Thanks Lawrence, I appreciate th3 visit.
Date: 7/16/2018 1:37:00 PM
Hello Richard It must be a beautiful view up upon the mountain. Is it calming for you to be up there? For me it is the water view lakes,streams,the bay. I have a picture on the wall of a dock in water and land all around. This is my water view. have a nice day my friend.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/16/2018 1:41:00 PM
I live in a valley on Lake Okanagan. I imagine our views are quite similar. Thanks for your visit Darlene.
Date: 7/16/2018 1:27:00 PM
Hello Richard, as I was reading this poem, i felt like i was on a journey with you. I have never been on top of a mountain, yet i am thinking it must be a beautiful view up there. Enjoyed your poem. have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 7/14/2018 9:12:00 PM
My old rabbi used to talk about the "spiritual mountain". I guess that is what you were referring to in your provocative poem. Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/15/2018 9:27:00 AM
Thanks Matthew, blessings to you as well.
Date: 7/10/2018 3:01:00 PM
Your amazing poem speaks deeply to me, Richard. Fave.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/10/2018 3:16:00 PM
Thanks Agnes. I use to live next door to the Krampe family in Norrhern Ontariowhen I was a little kid. They were nice people.
Date: 7/7/2018 9:32:00 PM
Richard, I was completely captivated by the depth and breadth of your creative, inspired, and deeply spiritual poem.. Your breathtaking imagery enhances the profound content of your poem so gloriously. Spectacular writing! warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/7/2018 6:03:00 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A very insightful and spiritual piece. ~~~/|\~~~
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Date: 7/5/2018 9:26:00 AM
Had to read to have your seeds of wisdom bestowed upon me! Lol thanks enjoyed it Rick! Hugs Brenda
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/8/2018 10:21:00 AM
Thanks Brenda. Hugs Rick.
Date: 7/2/2018 8:10:00 PM
Richard...You write your butt off! The peaks and valleys of life, each teach a mountain of information , when absorbed.....takes us to new levels of understanding.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/8/2018 10:07:00 AM
Thanks, sorry for the late response.
Date: 7/1/2018 4:57:00 PM
Hi Richard, free verse, this has to be my favourite form, because of the scope it gives the poet. You have used all that scope in this excellent write. There is a great deal of imaginative content in your write Richard, painting such wonderful visions in my mind. What wonders nature could tell us if we would but listen. Your words ever inspire my friend. Have a wonderful week ahead. Your friend always....Mike. This is a definite fave.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/8/2018 10:21:00 AM
Thanks Mike.
Date: 6/20/2018 1:10:00 PM
I LOVE this beautiful inspiring poem Richard. It is going straight into my Faves! : )
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Date: 6/20/2018 8:29:00 AM
It s a really deep and interesting write, alot of thoughts have been put together in this brilliant poem of yours, it certainly was a joy to read,
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/20/2018 8:57:00 AM
Thanks again Faraz.
Date: 6/19/2018 8:17:00 AM
Interesting analogy...
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/19/2018 8:37:00 AM
Thanks Silent.
Date: 6/19/2018 2:19:00 AM
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees,” John Muir. Your Seeds of wisdom, thoughts and reflections in solitary peace comes through in this amazing poem of yours Richard.Love the metaphor......Maria Hugs
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/19/2018 7:22:00 AM
Thanks so much Maria. Hugs Rick
Date: 6/18/2018 3:20:00 PM
A thought provoking poem Richard. Sweet flow of invaluable insight.. an enjoyable read.. knowledgeable souls seek solitude and nature brooding on the inner self and life.. to get enlightened and healed.. solitude is the light of the soul.. Thank you for sharing Richard. Stay blessed.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/18/2018 4:46:00 PM
Thanks Besma, blessings abound. Blessings to you as well.
Date: 6/18/2018 8:11:00 AM
Richard , A very relatable, reflective write. Just returned from our family camp where we soakup the great outdoors. (No internet! ) There is a large herd of free roaming elk, less than an hours drive from us. Outstanding poetry, worthy of several absorbing reads and a FAV! g
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/18/2018 9:51:00 AM
Sounds amazing. It is good to have a holiday abscent from Tech. Thanks for th Visit.
Date: 6/17/2018 9:50:00 AM
Happy Father’s Day Richard :)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/17/2018 1:09:00 PM
Thanks Eve. Hugs Rick.
Date: 6/17/2018 9:38:00 AM
Richard, great imagery a place I have so often visited. My husband would drive me up on the mountain to the peace and quiet solitude . That was his entertainment of watching the elk, and deer meandering across the thacket. :) Hugs Eve ~' *
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Date: 6/17/2018 8:24:00 AM
great poem full of wisdom. the great concept i came to know through your lines that seeds of wisdom fall on fertile ground. those who are gifted with wisdom have fertile mind or fertile land. brilliant idea ..........great job as usual
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/17/2018 8:53:00 AM
Thanks my friend.
Date: 6/17/2018 6:40:00 AM
A fabulous poem, Richard. We reach for peace and quiet, but the most important things to us are our loved ones. T.J
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/17/2018 6:58:00 AM
Thanks Teppo, I agree with you.:0)
Date: 6/16/2018 5:13:00 PM
by the way, I am wondering if some did not get the metaphor here. I found it especially interesting because I wrote a sonnet one time using this metaphor . Of course it said little compared to all that you brought out in this special free verse poem.
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Date: 6/16/2018 5:12:00 PM
a soupmail for ya.
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Date: 6/16/2018 11:07:00 AM
wow, this is brilliant writing. You are in your element with this fine work. FAVE
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/17/2018 7:00:00 AM
Thanks Andrea, I reworked an older piece.
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