Will Barber

Rookie (1948 / TX)

The Promised Land - Poem by Will Barber

The Promised Land is anywhere
Good men do not live in fear,
But a liar must take care
Lest the the neighbors idly stare
And suddenly avert the eye
When they see him passing by.

The Promised Land is any place
Where a thought may dwell in peace
In a garden - whether of
The Earth, the soul, or others' love.
When the brain grows calm, and free,
The mind may dwell there peacefully.

The garden gate is open wide:
Any guest may come inside
And see the blossoms there, that weave
Such symphonies - perhaps to leave,
Carrying, in unfettered mind,
Memories of the Promised Land.

2006


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  • (12/9/2009 4:45:00 PM)

    The Promised Land is any place
    Where a thought may dwell in peace
    In a garden - whether of
    The Earth, the soul, or others' love.
    When the brain grows calm, and free,
    The mind may dwell there peacefully.

    Thoughts in peace, where they have their own space to grow strong and calm. Thoughts below the waves 'where soft steps make sense'. Those words sound so free... Thanks, Will.
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  • (12/6/2008 9:41:00 PM)

    Wow, I really needed this. Stress makes one forget that the gate to the promised land is in your own mind. Hmm, I think I'll take a deep breath. (Report)Reply

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  • Ann Beard (3/3/2008 2:50:00 PM)

    You write with a gentleness. I really like this poem. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (10/30/2006 2:12:00 AM)

    You paint a very beautiful picture in words here Will, marvelous.-Melvina- (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Dorn (10/17/2006 2:51:00 PM)

    Interesting ending, Will. I suppose even our promised lands can be compromised. Great write!
    Brian
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  • (10/17/2006 9:53:00 AM)

    In a garden - whether of
    The Earth, the soul, or others' love

    Sign me up... A sweetly flowing dream and hope, this. Esther : ]
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  • (10/15/2006 3:49:00 AM)

    Perfect, Will. Embracing, serene, glowing, endowing hope without preaching... the versatility of your pen continues to impress beyond measure. t x (Report)Reply

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  • (10/14/2006 9:50:00 PM)

    Mr WILLLLLLLL, a marvelous splendid work, i have come to expect when i see the name WILL BARBER, (Report)Reply

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  • (10/14/2006 9:19:00 PM)

    A lovely, serene word painting that glows with its own light. Very appealing, Will.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra
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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/14/2006 8:32:00 PM)

    WISE WORDS TO HUBLE AT, AND HEED TO...NICE WORK!
    ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''FJR
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 14, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 16, 2010


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