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

Β©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 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

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

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      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 changeβ™₯️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        Thanks Jude. I love this one.

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  2. Chris Hall says:

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

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

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

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Chris Hall says:

        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. πŸ™‚

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      2. judeitakali says:

        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. vaniheart says:

    Wonderful one ❀❀❀❀

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Vani. Hope you are well.

      Like

  4. Loved it a lot ❀️😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot ParaπŸ’œπŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Suma Reddy says:

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

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much ReddyπŸ’œ
      Means alot. πŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. Suma Reddy says:

        You are very welcome Jude πŸ₯°

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

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    1. judeitakali says:

      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 πŸ’–πŸŒ·

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  7. anitaannabel says:

    This is a beautiful poem….incredible✨✨

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Anita. πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

      1. anitaannabel says:

        You’re welcomeπŸ’™πŸ’–πŸ€—

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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. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Shweta. I’m glad you enjoyed it. πŸ’œ
      I hope you are well. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

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

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Diana says:

    A joyous read!! Stay blessed ❀️❀️

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Diana. How are you? πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

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

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hey Sirishty. Been a while, tell me everything πŸ˜…
      Just joking but I hope you’re well. πŸ™πŸΎ
      Glad you enjoyed this.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. πŸ˜‚ I am good, been busy lately.
        How are you?

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      2. judeitakali says:

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

        Liked by 1 person

      4. judeitakali says:

        Have a great weekend too.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. balroop2013 says:

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

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Roop. Glad you appreciate that message. I do hope you’re well. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Ingrid says:

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

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      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.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ingrid says:

        I think so too!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        I’m working on the audio. It’ll be coming soonπŸ™πŸΎ

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Ingrid says:

        That’s great: thank you Jude!

        Liked by 1 person

  13. HappySoul says:

    Beautiful poem Jude! Very well written πŸ™ŒπŸ˜Š

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

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

      Liked by 1 person

      1. HappySoul says:

        πŸ˜…πŸ˜…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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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yeah first things first. Have a great weekend πŸ˜ƒ

        Liked by 1 person

  14. memadtwo says:

    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. judeitakali says:

      Thank you K. Glad you approve. xox

      Liked by 1 person

  15. mariamichaela says:

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

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thanks alot Michaela. xoxo

      Liked by 1 person

  16. -Eugenia says:

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

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugenia.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. -Eugenia says:

        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.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

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

      Liked by 1 person

  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. judeitakali says:

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

      Liked by 1 person

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

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  19. hiteshtark says:

    Awesome poem❀️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Our minds were synchronized this week, I also wrote a choka and the title is within! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’ll definitely go have a look.

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  21. Very Good!πŸ’¦

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Harshit says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the acknowledgement.

      Like

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

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ•ŠοΈ

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Most welcome if you have time please visit my blogs also I have just satartedπŸ™‚

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  24. Wonderful, Jude. I especially liked the Choka poem. I haven’t met this form before. Thank you πŸ€—

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks alot for reading LauraπŸ•ŠοΈ

      Liked by 1 person

  25. darsini08 says:

    Good one πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  26. 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.

    Like

  27. Great brother πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  28. Pooja G says:

    Wow loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Pooja πŸ™πŸΎπŸ•ŠοΈ

      Like

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