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The Power of One

The Power of One Slowly shadows devour the day’s light, The silhouette of fear draws breath From the soul left gasping, A firestorm of fury gathering, Like mists of plagues escaping From an ancient land of sand and tombs With locusts warning of hope’s starvation To escort the darkness rising Turning pleas into ashes – weeping into stone - Pounding on the mountainsides where sweetest spice Withers beneath lullabies Robbed of serenity’s grace - Flowing furious on fevered winds Pushing reveries and faith out on a ledge - Not knowing right from left Or up from down - No words of clarity in In the whirlwind’s barren chrysalis, To hem in - to constrain - With invisible shrilling waves of crisis Whipped up by anguish That binds the wildly beating, frantic heart, Like a captured sparrow; To scoff, to jeer, to overlook, The single bloom standing up, Trembling like new leaves on thinnest branches, Scanning galaxies of prophetic possibility, Then lean on visionary stars That shatter with the speed of light The hovering shadow of inertia’s darkest enchantment, Sending out the solitary song of meadowlarks, Still caroling through deafness, not silenced, Not bending to the ill winds moaning And the chaos screaming, To scatter seeds of spring not born Like unseen winged flyers; To see beyond and past descending doom, Into that far and sheltered arbor With dreams of wisdom and young visions - Outside the grasp of calamity, Beyond the dark horizon - Enticing with an alluring fragrance gather back Into the benediction of the ever circling eternal seasons Promising….

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020




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Date: 4/1/2020 4:57:00 AM
Sam, wow, I love this poem. You have crafted a powerful message of hope over despair. I confess I have returned to this cup in hopes of nourishing my soul. So it goes onto my favs for further reflections. Congratulations on a most well-deserved win. JC Hawkens
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 4/2/2020 3:50:00 PM
Hi JC, thank you. I am truly blessed by your message - and humbled. Nothing could make me happier than to know this poem has refreshed you in the middle of our battle with chaos - bringing hope! Be blessed and stay well!
Date: 3/31/2020 3:20:00 PM
What a story. A wonderful win. Enjoy your win and day......
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Date: 3/31/2020 4:22:00 PM
Paula, thank you! Stay well.
Date: 3/31/2020 2:34:00 PM
Sam, powerful skills you flex here in this rousing cascading free fall of loaded phrases threaded with science and wisdoms. Well crafted, breathtaking read.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/31/2020 4:26:00 PM
Hi Greg! Some poems seem to demand birth. This was one of them. The challenge of writing about COVID 19 I thought demanded weaving desperation, with hope with the sense of all of us being in this together. Thank you for your message and your encouraging words. They are appreciated. Stay healthy!
Date: 3/22/2020 11:33:00 PM
Sam, I've been away for two days and this one almost slipped by me. It is so inspiring and empowering with hope. The single bloom, "the solitary song of meadowlarks, / still caroling through deafness, not silenced", "to scatter seeds of spring". All the encouragement to follow nature's optimism and not succumb to despair. I second the WOW from Connie and Andrea. A fav and a poem to return to when I am discouraged. ~ John
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/23/2020 2:37:00 PM
Welcome home, my friend! Hope your journey was safe. I am encouraged by the hope this poem is giving to people. As I mentioned to Demetrios, I was inspired by all of the new growth in my garden and was hoping this poem would reflect that optimism. Thank you for your reassurance and, as always, your encouragement!
Date: 3/21/2020 10:58:00 PM
This beautiful verse takes the reader on quite an amazing journey. An awesome poem, Sam!
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Date: 3/23/2020 2:31:00 PM
Hi Evelyn! Thank you for your beautiful message. I am so blessed by it. I wanted this poem to be a beacon of hope in the darkness. Thank you for sharing in the light! Blessings to you!
Date: 3/21/2020 6:05:00 PM
An outstanding piece of poetic ardor dear, Sam.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/21/2020 8:47:00 PM
Thank you Demetrios. I am truly humbled by the messages I have been receiving. This poem almost wrote itself and was inspired by looking out my window as we self quarantine and seeing our orchids come in bloom despite all of the chaos! Stay well my friend. Blessings to you!
Date: 3/21/2020 5:02:00 PM
I am with Connie . WOW. A fave for this one too.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/21/2020 8:50:00 PM
Andrea, thank you! I am humbled. As I mentioned to Demetrios, this poem almost wrote itself. I guess hope just can't be squashed - neither can my orchids! Stay well - many blessings to you!
Date: 3/21/2020 5:00:00 PM
Thanks for reading my poem on Brian's winner list. I think few people see the winners of those lists since his contests so furiously come and go by! Now I will read your latest poem.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/22/2020 1:04:00 PM
Andrea, it is always a joy to share in your words. And, I agree. It is a challenge to keep up with Brian's contests! But, I keep trying. Have found it a fun way to stay in touch, as you do! When I first joined PS, your messages, like Connie's, and feedback kept me going. I will always be grateful! Blessings to you. Stay well!
Date: 3/21/2020 4:25:00 PM
Wow Sam, I hope this is your entry for the Poetry Soup contest. It is a marvel for me. I loved it! Stay safe. xxoo
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Date: 3/22/2020 12:57:00 PM
Hi Connie, thank you so much for your message. The opportunity to write about Covid - to give hope and encourage possibilities - was a challenge I couldn't resist. This is just one of many - a collection of thoughts - from many insights. And, yes, I did decide to enter it. Thanks for your encouragement to do so. Stay well.
Date: 3/21/2020 2:27:00 PM
Deep one Sam, well done...
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/21/2020 2:41:00 PM
Thank you so much Charlie. With all of its darkness this poem really is about finding hope and possibilities at this moment in our chaotic world. So good to hear from you. Stay well. Blessings to you!