Michael Walker

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A Clairvoyant. - Poem by Michael Walker

I can see your boarding house now,
A spacious, two-storied bungalow
That overlooked the blue-water harbour.
Your rambling house had good prospects.

There were boarders, like me, coming and going:
Some were short-term: some were long-term.
I had a bedroom with a view upstairs:
We dined and watched television downstairs.

It was a case of upstairs, downstairs.
You believed in me as a man, a student:
You listened when I found study difficult,
You insisted that I finish the course.

Thanks partly to you, I did graduate then,
With a degree that opened doors in teaching;
Doors that would otherwise have been closed.
But there was more to you than that...

For you were a spiritualist, a medium:
You were in touch with the other side.
You spoke of the light or dark aura I had.
An aura of happiness: an aura of dejection.

You advised me to trust the voice of intuition,
Which has served me well in many a crisis.
You predicted that I would live a long life;
You were an angel and I know your spirit lives.

-20 May,2016.

Topic(s) of this poem: woman

Form: Epistrophe


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This woman was my landlady when I was a student. I boarded with her family for a year. After I left the boarding house, I did not see her again. She was from London.

Comments about A Clairvoyant. by Michael Walker

  • Luz Hanaii (11/12/2019 7:25:00 PM)

    Nicely penned, I think she would be happy to know that you have such lovely memories of her and
    wrote this poem and called her an angel. We encounter angels at different points in our lives, or we
    ourselves are angels to others.
    others.
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    Michael Walker(11/15/2019 3:55:00 PM)

    Thanks for your assessment of quite an old poem of mine. We do, fortunately, meet a few angels in life.

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  • (9/8/2019 2:44:00 AM)

    Nicely done. Thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

    (11/15/2019 3:56:00 PM)

    Thanks so much for your gracious comment.

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  • Lyn Paul (8/18/2019 10:31:00 PM)

    So beautiful expressed and read with enormous interest.
    We do not meet many such as this inspirational and spiritual woman.
    How we wish they were always in our lives.
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    Michael Walker(8/21/2019 8:21:00 PM)

    Thanks for reading and making your fine assessment. Your comment is so right, unfortunately.

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/15/2019 4:18:00 AM)

    the woman really
    was good heart by born;
    your poetic expression is really superb on the remembrance life; I enjoyed
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    Michael Walker(8/21/2019 8:23:00 PM)

    I think that is because I was happy there, and succeeded in the MA French
    exams. Thanks for assessing this.

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  • (7/7/2019 2:20:00 AM)

    It is so nice when others realty care and direct us. A fulfilling poem. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(7/8/2019 11:03:00 PM)

    This landlady was a caring, intuitive person, someone I will never forget.
    I wish I could meet her again. Thanks.

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  • Prabir Gayen (2/5/2019 7:55:00 AM)

    Beautiful lines: :

    For you were a spiritualist, a medium:
    You were in touch with the other side.
    You spoke of the light or dark aura I had.
    An aura of happiness: an aura of dejection...thanks
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    (2/6/2019 8:41:00 PM)

    Thanks so much for your comment and quoting probably the
    best lines in the long-ago poem.

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  • Kim Barney (4/18/2018 6:40:00 PM)

    Many times we succeed just because someone else believes that we can. A very touching poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    (2/6/2019 8:43:00 PM)

    Your thoughts on succeeding because someone else believes in us
    is very apt. Thanks.

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  • Rajnish Manga (8/3/2017 3:08:00 AM)

    A great tribute to your landlady indeed who was much more than that- an inspiration and a motivating force. How nice that you acknowledge it 'Thanks partly to you, I did graduate then'. Thanks.
    For you were a spiritualist, a medium:
    You were an angel and I know your spirit lives.
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    (2/6/2019 8:45:00 PM)

    She was a kindly person whom I will never forget. Thanks.

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  • Christina Simmons (6/24/2017 12:27:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem! Sometimes people come into our lives not to stay forever but just until they teach us a lesson we need to learn about our self: that we would overlook otherwise. Thank you. (Report)Reply

    (2/6/2019 8:47:00 PM)

    Thanks for your perception about special people in our lives.

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  • (4/16/2017 12:52:00 AM)

    I am glad to know that she believed in you. (Report)Reply

    (2/6/2019 8:49:00 PM)

    She was Mrs. Rennie of 2 Waitemata Street, Herne Bay. She was, and is, unforgettable.

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  • Daniel Jones (3/21/2017 12:55:00 PM)

    A truthful aspect of your life expressed beautifully, people that inspire and care certainly make a mark, wonderful poem, Thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

    (2/6/2019 8:50:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for noticing the contours of this poem. I will catch up with your poems.

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  • Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (3/9/2017 7:40:00 PM)

    Rambling house had good prospects.It was a case of upstairs, downstairs. Spiritualist saw the theme of mystery of spirit. Spirit lived because she was an angel. A Clairvoyant's prediction was wonderful. This poem mesmerized mind. A poem very well expressed! ..10 (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:11:00 PM)

    Thank you so much for your comment and appreciation of the poem. You are right-
    it is rare to find someone who believes in you. I was lucky.

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:09:00 PM)

    Thank you so much for your comment and appreciation of the poem.

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  • (3/9/2017 4:34:00 PM)

    You never know where someone who believes in you comes from..good poem congratulations on poem of the day..a ten from me.. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/14/2017 7:15:00 PM)

    Thank you so much Lorraine.

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  • (3/9/2017 12:51:00 PM)

    A lovely poem about kindness and support from an interesting lady. Congratulations Michael for a well deserved award poem of the day. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:12:00 PM)

    I am humbled and surprised by this choice and I appreciate your comment too.

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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (3/9/2017 10:24:00 AM)

    It's the humane nature, particularly poets possess, what makes the writer to remember his boarding mistress with passion. Well presented story of a hearty relationship. Congrats for being the member's PoD. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:15:00 PM)

    Yes I do remember this boarding mistress with passion-with love and clarity after forty years. Thanks
    Jayatissa.

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  • Connie Yost (3/9/2017 9:58:00 AM)

    What a nice memory to write about. Some people do not have such good ones. I enjoyed reading it. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:17:00 PM)

    I did indeed rely on memory of things past to write this poem. This lady lives in my mind still.

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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (3/9/2017 8:59:00 AM)

    Well communicated
    in a quatrain of six stanzas.

    Sylva
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    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:20:00 PM)

    The form of a poem matters nearly as much as the ideas and you have nailed it. Thanks.

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  • Clarence Prince (3/9/2017 8:19:00 AM)

    You listened when I found study difficult
    You insisted that I finish the course
    It's very good that you've remembered kindness.
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    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:30:00 PM)

    I have found kindness to be quite uncommon, and when I encounter it, I do not forget. Thanks Clarence.

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/9/2017 6:02:00 AM)

    A medium! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:24:00 PM)

    Indeed yes-she was the only medium I have ever met, which helped to make her special. I know that she was right about a person's aura. Communication with departed spirits is more debatable, I think.

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  • (3/9/2017 3:17:00 AM)

    a nice reflective poem of the good advice once given by someone who cared, well written. (Report)Reply

    Michael Walker(3/10/2017 7:51:00 PM)

    Thanks Tom. This landlady gave me much valuable advice about how to cope with life in general.
    It was sound commonsense, even though she was a spiritualist.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 12, 2017


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