Empty Stillness Poem by Hazel Durham

Empty Stillness

Rating: 4.8


The cold, parched pavement is like a warning sent
To her thought process to run, run away
Back to nature's dreams and the sweet melody of the birds singing each day,
She tries to be happy in this noisy, busy city overlooking the bay,

Her dreams are of tall trees reaching to the sun to have some fun,
Her wishes are mountains kissing the embracing skies above,
Her desires is to find a lover to unite and discover the secrets of love,
Her silence is a time for peace like the sign of a white dove,

Beauty is the wildness of nature's passion in every green field,
Wisdom is the wind sometimes strong, sometimes weak like a breeze but still has appeal,
Memories of rural winter nights snuggled up on her faded leather couch
Eating her favourite meal,

Grey concrete is a challenge too far as nature is her heart's seal,
She wants to run away from the confusion, illusion and intrusion,
Back to her heart's delight,
And the dreamy darkness of star filled nights,

The empty stillness of the countryside fitting in with the wild and untamed,
She catches the bus as she looks back at the city's lights
Away before her heart is maimed,
Before her spirit is tamed,

Run to the empty stillness of green fields, tall trees and lofty mountains,
Standing silently loud and so proud
She is far away from the madness of the crowd,
Unforgiving,

Back to the lull of a joyfulness of forgiving and the dream of living.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Elisabeth Wingle 17 June 2016

So full of passion and longing, I think we all long for some one or some thing to feel passionate about Your love for nature is evident. Really loved this Hazel!

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Solitude and despair enliven the poem and moves ahead to spiritual tranquility.Simple and colourful presentation.I love this.

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Kim Barney 24 November 2016

Very nice. My favorite lines were these: Grey concrete is a challenge too far as nature is her heart's seal, She wants to run away from the confusion, illusion and intrusion, Back to her heart's delight, And the dreamy darkness of star filled nights, Congratulations for having it chosen as poem of the day!

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Pranab K Chakraborty 24 November 2016

Wisdom is the wind sometimes strong, sometimes weak like a breeze but still has appeal, ............... confused really. Wisdom is definitely not that state of knowledge which has no strong ground to stand with determination. Perhaps poet has defined wisdom from a different aspect and specially which poet's own motif to project the word. Except that the poem is well built with its imagery and metaphor.

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Hazel Durham 21 May 2017

That line is about having wisdom but sometimes going against my better judgement and ignoring it maybe in a situation being in love and knowing that my lover is not genuine but I don't want to believe it! Thank you.

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Daniel Brick 24 November 2016

I fell out of touch with you, Hazel, so I'm glad this poem led me back to you. These are vexed times on our troubled planet. Many people are talking freely about seeking shelter from the storm, finding a sturdy bridge to cross to safety, escaping to some better place. Your character has her own particular reasons for flight and I don't want to treat her situation as generic. She is a unique individual who has made a difficult decision to withdraw into nature, bring herself into accord with its lasting rhythms to restore her inner self. She will pursue her goals with determination - we won't expect anything less from her - but she will also spend this time of renewal in J-O-Y, a joy she cannot summon in the loud racket of the city but which will descend upon her effortlessly in her natural environment. She will become person (as Yeats described himself) who is blessed and can bless.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 24 November 2016

Beautiful poem on nature having thrilling expression and touching vibration has been shared by you, congratulate Hazel.

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James Mclain 24 November 2016

To say go you What others have said That you wait patiently then you explode with another Well written poem.. congratulations.. iip James

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Chinedu Dike 24 November 2016

Well done my friend. Lovely piece elegantly brought forth. Remain blessed.

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Mizzy ........ 24 November 2016

I love this poem written in pure Hazel style..... This is so true for so many emigrants abroad in foreign Cities, haunted by the pull of the homeland and the fields. Great stuff Hazel....well deserving of the prize!

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