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(13 January 1947 / Southport)

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A Walk Through Paradise

I close my eyes to find a place
In different time and different space
And in imagination find
A cloistered arbour for my mind
Where thought may there be unconfined

Then in my dreams a path I take
As in a trance, yet wide awake,
To see the world with open eyes
Its glist`ning sands and azure skies -
I take a walk through Paradise

Suspended there reflecting deep
Where time is lost, immersed in sleep,
A sleep of ages long since passed
As on the sea of change were cast
All things which then were reckoned fast

Above all earthly cares to soar
Beyond the hurts I there endure
To see a sweet and perfect land
Where sunbeams dance upon my hand -
Where peace and love I understand

And there before my eyes I see
Such beauty that could never be
Revealed in places fixed below
As set before me all aglow
Such wonders ever outward flow

So on I walk beyond the veil
Where joys untold yet e`er prevail
And through the mist of blindness see
Whatever be revealed to me -
In Paradise forever be

Submitted: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Edited: Saturday, October 06, 2012


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  • Daniel Brick (4/11/2014 5:22:00 AM)

    This is a perfect poem. I use that word boldly because no other word conveys how wonderfully shaped and felicitously expressed your poem comes across to the reader. Each stanza is fully realized in meter, rhyme, rhythm and imagery, and the whole poem is completely convincing. This is the kind of imaginative experience only poetry can make real. We have been conditioned to think that paradise comes AFTER everything else, that we should not expect in this lifetime. Your poem dispels that bias and gives us paradise here and now!

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  • Ken E Hall (1/30/2014 5:08:00 AM)

    Paradise painted in my mind by your pen very soothing to read and a picture that will stay, thats what good poetry can do..give pleasure...regards

  • Jodie Hardy (8/18/2013 3:04:00 AM)

    Beautiful writing Valerie. A lovely meditation, how wonderful to have this sacred place. X

  • Mohabeer Beeharry (8/16/2013 2:02:00 PM)

    Wonderful thoughts.if we cannot have paradise, we like to make one. Brilliant

    Mohabeer Beeharry

    Maybe you could read my poems sometimes

  • George Price (8/15/2013 5:37:00 AM)

    Absolutely wonderful; I love your sense of purpose and structure. Very enjoyable.

    Please do keep reading my stuff; your comment and view is much appreciated.

  • Heather Wilkins (5/29/2013 6:22:00 PM)

    Just to take a walk through pardise If even in dreams is amazing. a good write with lovely images

  • G.R. Gaus (5/4/2013 10:39:00 PM)

    You write this piece so perfectly, as if you've had a vision, pure poetry at its best....

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (2/28/2013 12:33:00 AM)

    You took us along with you to a Walk Through Paradise in this fabulous poem full of rhyme and rhythm.! GREAT!

  • Patricia Grantham (1/29/2013 7:36:00 AM)

    Val I truly love this poem, Ah! To just be in paradise(smile) Such heavenly meaning appreciate it

  • Smoky Hoss (12/22/2012 10:21:00 AM)

    Another superb work of art Val. I absolutely love this one, a favorite indeed.

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