Liilia Talts Morrison

Gold Star - 4,968 Points (August 20,1937 / Estonia)

Forbidden Places - Poem by Liilia Talts Morrison

There are places I won’t go
Caves not meant for me to know
Layers couched in hidden veils
Ragged sailors’ phantom tales

There are fountains hid from view
Rustling in a thickened dew
Coursing out of sacred sites
Etched in ruins of primal rites

There are sights I must not see
Paths of prisoners who flee
Refugees with knotted sacks
Bulging on their sweaty backs

There are faces very rare
Shaped by years of pain and care
Eyes I would not dare to meet
Hallowed hands and timeworn feet

I won’t stand on holy ground
Nor approach a hallowed mound
Seeking for a rock or word
Few have ever seen or heard

May I wander close to home
Fill my shoes with sandy loam
Never look beyond the fence
Shunning danger’s recompense

Let this be my only goal
Eating gruel from a bowl
In a little wayside spot
Daily welcoming my lot

Let me relish each small breath
Feel my pulse averting death
Thankful for each moment’s hue
Ever giving You Your due.


Comments about Forbidden Places by Liilia Talts Morrison

  • Margaret O Driscoll (1/13/2016 7:44:00 AM)

    'Thankful for each moments hue ever giving you your due', a poem of being present in the moment, grateful. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, June 3, 2011


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