Mike Barrett

Rookie - 475 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

Your Words


Were I to hold you
In any degree of esteem, of respect,
Your words might hurt –
Twisting like daggers
Within one’s mind, one’s Soul.
But I don’t
So they can’t –
Water on a duck’s back
They are –
Water flowing back
To the Ocean of Love and Mercy,
A place where you too
One day in eternity
Shall bathe –
Immersed in the joy and love
Of the great IT IS.

IT is infinitely forgiving,
Infinitely loving.

IT’s blessings await you
But it’s up to you –
You must prepare.



In our eternal unfoldment
We neither command
Our moments of realization,
Nor IT’s blessings,
We earn them.

IT’s gifts are granted
Solely in accordance with
With IT’s will,
At the time of IT’s choosing.

Today, to you, these words may mean nothing –
But one day, in this life, or in another lifetime yet to be,
Their truth will, in a moment of grace, be realized.

May the blessings be!

Submitted: Sunday, January 05, 2014
Edited: Monday, January 06, 2014

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(A retort to those who opt to be verbally hurtful.)


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  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (4/1/2014 1:33:00 PM)

    Hi Tanya, I'm please these words are meaningful to you. I shall have a look a few of your poems and leave a comment or two. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points Tanya Gupta (4/1/2014 1:07:00 PM)

    i think words are the most effective things, the one who cannot be changed through punishments can be humbled by words.
    love this poem. really this poem is very touching.
    come to my page and read my poems. i need comments of someone like you.
    please come.
    thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (2/26/2014 1:06:00 PM)

    Hi Ramesh, I'm happy that this poem has touched your higher self.....it's important in life that Soul (one's higher self) understands that It is perceiver and interpreter of all external stimuli. The quicker Soul gets into the driver's seat of one's life, the more it can learn and continue growing Its eternal knowingness. Thanks for your comment and I shall review your poem Words within the next day or two. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (2/26/2014 1:04:00 PM)

    Hi Ramesh, I'm happy that this poem has touched your higher self.....it's important in life that Soul (one's higher self) understands that It is perceiver and interpreter of all external stimuli. The quicker Soul gets into the driver's seat of one's life, the more it can learn and continue growing Its eternal knowingness. Thanks for your comment and I shall review your poem Words within the next day or two. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,585 Points Ramesh Rai (2/26/2014 10:56:00 AM)

    Words often leaves an unconfronting realisation on our heart, mind and soul either good or bad. It is our stupidity amongst most of the people, we do not understand this enigma. So far about its lyrical write, beautiful composition and azure complex is concerned; somewhere it fills my heart with more ecstasy to read again and again. I invite you to read my poem Words. Thank you for sharing. Regards ever. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/17/2014 3:04:00 PM)

    Hi Rose, thanks for your comment, much appreciated. I'm sure you'll find others you enjoy amongst those posted. I'll check to see if you have any poems on this site and if so will comment on them from time to time. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/16/2014 5:29:00 PM)

    Hi Valsa, Once again thanks for your input. I will read and comment on your poem, Nuggets of Wisdom - No.1. I mentioned before that I really really enjoy your poems. Even before reading it, I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/16/2014 5:22:00 PM)

    Ed, (re: 2nd comment) many of my poems share this perspective, but our vision of how the IT IS works differs somewhat - little matter, we both understand that Soul's role is to surrender to, love and serve God kind of in a role of being co-creators. I'm an Eckist, a follower of the teachings of Eckankar (see their site at eckankar.org) . Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/16/2014 5:14:00 PM)

    Ed, (Response to 1st comment) thanks for your input - much appreciated. You might enjoy my poem, To You A Word. I will review your poems and periodically comment on a few. I note that you comment on Jack Growden's poetry... he's quite a talented poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/16/2014 5:06:00 PM)

    Ed, (Response to 1st comment) thanks for your input - much appreciated. You might appreciate my poem, To You A Word. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,580 Points Valsa George (1/16/2014 6:51:00 AM)

    Words shouldn't be hurled to cause hurt, but to comfort and heal! Words which reflect love can work wonders!
    How I wish if everyone had read this poem where words of lyrical beauty unravel perennial truths! ! Reading this, I get the cool feeling of having bathed in resurgent waters! !

    I invite you to read my poem Nuggets of Wisdom- No.1(On Words) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/15/2014 7:06:00 AM)

    Hi Noreen, I'm happy that it touched you! In my reply to Heather, below, I commented on the inspiration behind it. Some folks in that forum seem to seek ego orgasms in hurling and dodging verbal barbs at each other. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,033 Points Noreen Carden (1/15/2014 6:40:00 AM)

    Hello Mike a great poem really enjoyed reading it. Sometimes people forget words can hurt as much as or even more than a slap because they hit the soul and leave unseen scars than can stunt personal growth (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/12/2014 10:50:00 AM)

    Hi Sunprincess, I'm really pleased that you enjoyed these words. please note my reply to heather immediately below. I really believe that we ought try to assist others not attack nor belittle anyone. I learned at my mother's knee that one never elevates one's self by putting others down! Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/12/2014 6:43:00 AM)

    Hi Heather, thanks for you comment. Believe it or not the inspiration came from reading the slurs one sometimes finds here on the PH Poetry & Poetics Discussion forum. I find that type of behavior beneath civility so don't bother to participate. Cheers & have a great day! (Report) Reply

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