Within me. #poetry and #prose

When life teaches, the world inspires.
Some things bring us joy
Some joys lead to sadness
And true happiness needs not be sought
And yet can always be found.

Darkness, bring me stars!
Let me listen with my eyes
And see with my heart
For all Souls sing special tunes
Lost songs of beauty
The music of hidden hopes
Where passions roam free
Bound to none, yet binding all
When dreams are given a chance

A joy shared, is a joy grown

So I tether my hope to gratitude
And I soothe these fears with love
Dissolving loneliness in the harmony of nature
And diluting depression in the vastness of the heavens
Freeing my spirit
And listening to my soul
For true happiness comes from within
And your best gift; is YOU!

#whatdoyousee

©judeitakali.


For Colleen’s syllabic challenge – the Choka poem written in bold italics;

Choka is a Japanese story poem that was renown between the 1st and 13th centuries. It follows a syllabic metre, 5/7/5/7/5/7/5/7/7 and does not rhyme.

Also for Sadje’s whatdoyousee image prompt – tagged in the poem.

Hope you are all well. I’d love to hear your take on the reflections in this poem.

Stay safe everyone, stay loving.

82 responses to “Within me. #poetry and #prose”

  1. Jude this is amazing poem. Love the depth of your thoughts and writing. Love it. Thanks for joining in my friend

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    1. Hi Sadje. Hope you are well and well. Thanks for hosting the prompt. I was going to do a horror but your image and Colleen’s theme gave me a mood change♥️

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      1. Thanks Jude. I love this one.

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  2. Profound and beautifully written, Jude! I especially like the lines: ‘…listen with my eyes/And see with my heart…’ 🙂

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    1. Hey Chris. Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it.
      Hope you’re keeping safe and are well.

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      1. All good thanks, Jude (apart from it being a little bit chilly). Hope you’re fine too. I’m picturing you typing away in that churchyard garden. 🙂

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        1. alas we were locked down so i had to stay away for a few days. but as i write this reply, i’ve just been allowed back in. only person in the entire gardens.

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  3. Wonderful one ❤❤❤❤

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    1. Thank you so much Vani. Hope you are well.

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  4. Loved it a lot ❤️😊

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    1. Thanks alot Para💜🙏🏾

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  5. Amazing Poem as usual Jude. Profound words and these are awesome:Lost songs of beauty
    The music of hidden hopes

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    1. Thank you so much Reddy💜
      Means alot. 🙏🏾

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      1. You are very welcome Jude 🥰

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  6. What a beautiful piece of writing Jude. True happiness comes from within…well said 💙

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika. How are you? Are you well? Are you in India? Are you locked down?

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      1. I am doing good Jude. Thanks. Yes I am in India. The lockdown restrictions are now lifted and most places have opened up. People are getting vaccinated. Hopefully things look better moving ahead. Thanks for asking. Have a lovely day 💖🌷

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  7. This is a beautiful poem….incredible✨✨

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    1. Thank you so much Anita. 💜🙏🏾

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      1. You’re welcome💙💖🤗

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  8. And true happiness needs not be sought
    And yet can always be found.

    Beautifully written, Jude. I loved that second para too the one about listening with our eyes, seeing with our heart and the every soul has a special song. A very deep, touching and poignant piece of poetry, Jude. Beautifully written

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    1. Thank you so much Shweta. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 💜
      I hope you are well. 🙏🏾

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      1. It’s my pleasure. I’m doing well. I hope you’re having a great day too

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  9. A joyous read!! Stay blessed ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Diana. How are you? 💜🙏🏾

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  10. Hey Jude, How are you?
    This is beautiful! Enjoyed reading!

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    1. Hey Sirishty. Been a while, tell me everything 😅
      Just joking but I hope you’re well. 🙏🏾
      Glad you enjoyed this.

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      1. 😂 I am good, been busy lately.
        How are you?

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        1. i’m okay. ive been busier, so i’m a little bit relaxed now. work only afternoons, and the rest of the time I’m chasing dreams, hehe.

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          1. Well that sounds amazing,
            Have a beautiful day!

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            1. Have a great weekend too.

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  11. Lovely thoughts Jude, well articulated. Soothing the fears with love is the only way to boot them out. ☺️

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    1. Thank you so much Roop. Glad you appreciate that message. I do hope you’re well. 🙏🏾

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  12. True happiness does indeed come from within: the trick is knowing how to find it!

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    1. Hi Ingrid. Thanks for reading. Yes, finding it is a trick indeed.
      I do think spiritual growth or discovery is one of the best ways.

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      1. I think so too!

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        1. I’m working on the audio. It’ll be coming soon🙏🏾

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          1. That’s great: thank you Jude!

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  13. Beautiful poem Jude! Very well written 🙌😊

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    1. Thank you so much Ru.
      Where have you been?
      How are you?

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      1. 😅😅all good Jude. Hope the same at your end.
        Been pre occupied with something or the other Jude… logging in once or twice a week. Once I settle into this new job, hopefully I can visit here more often. Missing reading all your work. Hopefully can catch up soon..

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        1. Yeah first things first. Have a great weekend 😃

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  14. We do need to start within in order to be able to give to others. Beautiful images as always. (K)

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    1. Thank you K. Glad you approve. xox

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  15. Excellent work, Jude! Really love how you went with this. Bravo!

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    1. thanks alot Michaela. xoxo

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  16. Stunning piece, Jude! I love these lines –
    Let me listen with my eyes
    And see with my heart

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    1. Thank you so much Eugenia.

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      1. My pleasure, Jude!

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  17. Dissolving loneliness in the harmony of nature
    And diluting depression in the vastness of the heavens – I like these words very much, Jude.

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    1. thank you so much Robbie. Connecting with the spirituality all around us has remarkable healing properties.

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  18. Beautiful! I found inspiration from your words: “…The music of hidden hopes Where passions roam free Bound to none, yet binding all
    When dreams are given a chance…” I love this! Your chōka touches my heart! ❤

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this Colleen. Thank you my friend.

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      1. You’re always welcome. I love everything you write! 😍

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    1. Thank you so much. 🙏🏾

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  19. Our minds were synchronized this week, I also wrote a choka and the title is within! 🙂

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    1. I’ll definitely go have a look.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙏🏾

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  20. When someone connect with inner soul than results appears as you described.
    Good!

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    1. Thank you so much for the acknowledgement.

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  21. Wow its amazing. Freeing spirit and hearing soul,best gift is you ,dreams are give chance wow its 😍 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation. 🙏🏾🕊️

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      1. Most welcome if you have time please visit my blogs also I have just satarted🙂

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  22. Wonderful, Jude. I especially liked the Choka poem. I haven’t met this form before. Thank you 🤗

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks alot for reading Laura🕊️

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    1. Thank you so much 🙏🏾

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  23. Mesmerising poem and how beautifully you have penned your thoughts. You are amazing in the art of expression. Any one can fall in love with you talent.

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    1. Thank you Pooja 🙏🏾🕊️

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  24. When we have even a little bit of confidence in ourselves, I believe it shines and draws others who are also seeking joy to us 😀

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  25. Wonderful poem judeitakali and have a nice day. 🌷

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    1. Thank you so much.🙏🏾

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