Sight And Vision. Poem by Michael Walker

Sight And Vision.

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('Mine eyes have seen the glory/ of the coming of the Lord'.
'The Battle Hymn Of The Republic'. Julia Ward Howe 1819-1910) .

My eyes have seen a slice of life in the world
and I have been blessed by beautiful landscapes
like the English countryside in the Midlands,
which affected me, on British Rail, like a sedative.
I learned to ski with French friends on some mountain
near Grenoble. There were still traces of the 1968 Winter Olympics
in the air and conversations in the city when I lived there.
On a T.G.V. train, I saw the rolling vineyards, olive groves
and the startling bright lavender fields of Provence,
loveliest of regions in France. On a tour, we stopped at Lauterbrunnen, a place of deep valleys between soaring peaks,
and we rode the steep cable car up a mountain slope,
then a ski lift chair over a vast, deep chasm,
where I was afraid to look down.Thus we went from Schlegel to Schilthorn.
The Ghan took me across the endless, lonely Outback of Australia.
Like Elijah at Horeb, I had glimpsed the glory of the Lord in the world.

-22/ 23 July,2019

I have retraced my travels of 1974-1978 in the poem, although not all them. I have thought about pantheism, a religion which holds that God is present everywhere in the world.
If, and only if, you are interested in such things, the story of the prophet Elijah seeing God at Horeb is in the Old Testament,1 Kings 19: 11-13. What I like about the narrative is that Elijah, from his cave, did not find God in a fire, a strong wind, or an earthquake; but in a gentle breeze.
T.G.V.= Tres Grande Vitesse. These high speed trains can travel at 200 m.p.h.
The Ghan= a fast train which goes from Adelaide to Darwin, through the outback.
Kumarmani Mahakul 08 September 2019

A captivating inscription you have made about your travelogue on France. England and Australia. A special attraction...thanks for sharing.

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Michael Walker. 09 September 2019

Thanks very much for taking the time to read this. I was hoping that you would like the last line, being religious. Cheers.

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Jane Campion 03 August 2019

What a beautifuuly writtem poem. We see what you saw. Thank you Michael for commenting on my poems.

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Michael Walker. 09 September 2019

Thanks for noticing. Your comment, ' We saw what you saw' stays with me. I am only too pleased to read your poems.

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Rajnish Manga 24 July 2019

You capture the charm of the place in your travelogue- England, France or Australia. That's something unique and tempting to the core. Thanks, Michael.

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Michael Walker 25 July 2019

A brilliant comment thanks.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 22 July 2019

A beautiful narratin of experiences during travel and adventures undertaken therein. Thanks for sharing.10 points.

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Michael Walker 23 July 2019

Thanks so much for boosting my confidence with such praise. I hope to complete the poem today.

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