Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Bigger Plan



All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~Havelock Ellis




I always had a big plan
 to prove to the world
and maybe a little to myself
that I could get somewhere in this life...
fry something better than balogna sandwich
go to college and earn a degree
something more valid than the school of hard knocks
move forward with dignity
not spinning my wheels
stirring up dust a mile wide
blocking my vision
of the light at the end of the tunnel
holding myself captive
to the place where I stood
in a desert of regrets
thats where they grow best
where we feel there is no way out
but sometimes that is the place of the spectacular
where elephants grow wings and eyes open wide
looking for something greater than ourselves
to get us through
we find there is a bigger plan
than the one we held so tightly
a beautiful freedom of letting go
of our weary might
and letting God
be God.

40 comments:

  1. O!M!G! Carrie, this is simply MAGNIFICENT. And it is the journey, my friend. It gets easier when we stop trying to steer, let go and just enjoy the ride. What a trip it all is, hey? I so love the elephant with wings, both picture and in your poem.......wow. Yes, there is a bigger plan. When I was living it, it often seemed a mishmash but when I look back I can see why everything had to happen as it did. GREAT writing, Carrie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Beautiful thoughts...plus I love any poem that contains "bologna sandwich"...

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  3. so beautiful and inspirational...and I love the shape this poem has taken...just look at it!

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  4. Yes, let God be God, not who or what we try to try to define God to be.
    nellie

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  5. Ditto Tess about the "bologna sandwich"!

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  6. you said it!!

    really beautifully i might add.

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  7. This is beautifulllllll!
    I read it twice.
    xoxo

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  8. Yup get out of that desert! and I like the end too. thanks.

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  9. Your poems are awesome, and very palatable to the mindseye ...

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  10. Carrie, one of the sayings that often gets me through hard times is "Let go and let God." You don't know how many this has helped me.

    Carrie, there is a big plan. You are part of it. Please trust, and keep writing your poetry.

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  11. Oh lordy, I am tritto with Tess and Kathy B. A successful poem with a bologna sandwich is a wonder to behold. That's the point at which the elephant received permission to grow her wings.

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  12. A beautiful poem, Carrie, just love it. Wonderful writing.

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  13. This is simply beautiful!! wonderful take on the prompt! :)

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  14. A plan we all have small or big an aim with God easier to get.
    xox

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  15. true, thee is a place where elephants grow wings,

    the way humans bear imaginations.

    loved your take.

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  16. wow...I am thrilled I stopped by today, I think god had a hand in it...this was just what I needed.

    thank you

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  17. .. in a desert of regrets ~ that line resonated more than any for me. Lovely writing, Ms. Carrie.

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  18. excellent write carrie...yes there is that place...and letting God be God is the best way to get by in this world...

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  19. I love the progression of your poem. The growth within. It also feels very emotionally familiar.

    Cosmos Cami
    http://thecosmicword.blogspot.com/2011/10/broken-wings-adjoining-things.html

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  20. i love this..amazing...and thank you for your kind words..xx

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  21. not spinning my wheels
    stirring up dust a mile wide
    blocking my vision
    of the light at the end of the tunnel

    These lines sold it to me.

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  22. It is at the seeming end of things that we find the beginning. More than special...

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  23. So lovely...having a plan and then realizing there are greater things than we dreamed!! A wonderful poem!

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  24. Yes, regrets do grow best in a desert. So much truth in this, and beautifully done. Thank you.
    (And thanks also for visiting my blog and leaving such kind words and a piece of yourself there.)

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  25. I agree with the Ralph Waldo Enerson quote above the comments box. And one finds the best thoughts in Blogland. Well chosen words.

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  26. An elephant with wings could very well be the perfect metaphor for My Big Plan, unrealized. If you're curious. my Magpie 85 is Topsy.

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  27. Beautifully written. We do feel at times that we've dug a hole for ourselves, and thats where sorrows foment. But salvation isn't all that difficult from such a predicament. Very well done !!!

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  28. Brilliant poem, I love the line:

    'in a desert of regrets'

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  29. this is so good - made me cry...

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  30. this is truly wonderful. thanks for your words. you held this up and so softly brought the reader to your visionary end point.

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  31. Great post. Our plan must be discussed with God or it will fail.

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