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Read Poems by James Marshall Goff

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Healing Scent of Fresh Lilacs

...the way flight begins in the heart
                               Martin Steingesser

 Stopping by the side of the road
I snap off armfuls of fresh lilacs
blooming in the universe,
a champagne bucket, tarnished 
remnant of long lost wedding gifts
serves a worthy vessel of renewal
my thoughts drift with heavenly
perfumed air in my flat, acceptable
since I am repulsed by any flower
scent present at my Grandfather's
funeral when I was four years old

lilacs were not there

Pharoah Sanders captures my thoughts
drifting sweet streams of flute sounds
exhalting visions of peace and love
in tandem with Sun Ra
coaxing creative vibrations that sustain
and encourage my journey as I seek
sustenance from giving as much love
to my fellow travelers as my heart
will provide
grateful, the universe is endless



Copyright © James Marshall Goff | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 5/24/2017 8:16:00 PM

    Oh I think I can smell them too :) a beautiful piece, James. Hugs :)
  1. Date: 5/24/2017 6:20:00 PM

    wow, this is very pretty, James. I loved reading about the lovely scent of those flowers and it was interesting why you favor them over others!
  1. Date: 5/24/2017 2:20:00 PM

    I enjoyed reading this today, what a blissful ending. Love, Juli-Michelle
  1. Date: 5/21/2017 6:46:00 AM

    Enjoyed reading your work..I have never smelled the scent of Lilac..My mother planted a bush but when her and daddy went to the nursing home something happened to the plant..As far as I know it never bloomed..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Sad about the loss of your grandfather...It had to be hard on a young child..Sara
  1. Date: 5/18/2017 6:21:00 AM

    A nice piece appropriate to the season. Very well written and expressed. Includes interesting background stories. Draws the reader in. Makes us feel makes think. A Fine write
  1. Date: 5/17/2017 8:49:00 PM

    Love the phrase "grateful the universe is endless"! Wonderful, nostalgic poem, James :)
  1. Date: 5/15/2017 10:28:00 AM

    Beautifully nostalgic. So rich you can almost smell it, if you know what I mean. :)
  1. Date: 5/14/2017 7:25:00 PM

    Scents that bring back thoughts of yesteryears always a joy if the thoughts were sweet and meaningful... love the the poem. ~*
  1. Date: 5/14/2017 5:59:00 PM

    i am delighted to read this charming write; it has this elevated feel as lilacs bloom with you, jimbo.. huggs
  1. Date: 5/13/2017 7:43:00 PM

    It was a pleasure to read you this morning James, I grow lilacs in my garden and they must be the easiest flower to grow and also one of the loveliest, I really enjoyed your beautiful poem very much. 7
  1. Date: 5/13/2017 1:42:00 PM

    - Experiences ... it's so great we travel in thoughts and memories ... back and forth ... smells and things that brings up images - Some pleasant and some sad - A great poem, James :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 5/12/2017 6:31:00 PM

    A transceding piece Jimbo. I can't drink coffee to this day as it brings back memories of my grandfather's funeral when I was around 10.