Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the seventy-eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece by Louis J Casson is entitled ‘Lost Rooms’: lost worlds part #1…
No awesome swooning to the heaven lies
or in the spirit how greatly sweetly slain.
Just the feel of earth between the toes
of bare calloused feet.
Dust rising from the goats
and sheep flocks passing,
The steady growing crops ripened
from green to gold
in the spring and summer rain.
No prayers pressed in,
fervent tones up to the highest height.
Palms raised, eyes shut, to the continuing refrain.
Simply the Almighty’s face reflected,
veiled by moving clouds,
in a rain filled hollow left by cattle hooves
across the plain.
Without ritual pomp and rich vestments,
the grandiose organ’s silent in this space.
Merely the whispering murmurings of the Lord
and the night wind flapping the tent.
As under cold stars, prayers, thanksgivings
are simply said.
In simple conversation, sincere yet unadorned
the heart speaks to Him,
receiving back His friendly grace.
Distanced and lost:
I rise from my empty yet ornamented shell,
to seek the simpler god-filled richer place.
Those lost rooms of my youth,
where He waits to greet me back,
just face to face.
© Louis J. Casson 2012
I asked Louis what prompted this piece and he said…
The past is a “lost world” in that it can’t be recalled. In this poem the overall theme is that of faith and a sense of loss at how as an adult the simple certainty of childhood faith is lost, covered by the ritual and organisation of established religion one becomes aware of in adulthood.
References here to the faith of patriarchs – Abraham and others- who had it seems a closer , more direct relationship, living without any of the church buildings, structures we have today.
Also in the piece: a sense of separation of being alone with just the Lord, and how the cycle of seasons, nature, reflects the presence of the divine, clear and direct without words or much explanation.
This poem is taken from my Amazon Kindle book: Building an Unseen Line.
Thank you, Louis. Louis returns on Monday 15th July with part 2.
Louis is a poet and singer-songwriter for Blues, Country, Americana, Jazz, Folk and other musical styles.
One half of the musical duo the “Tanglewood Twins”, his role covers writing songs, vocals and 12 string guitars.
He has received commendations from Northants WRITE competitions, given interviews on BBC Northampton Radio, and an honourable mention –in the top 1500 entrants of the 17th Billboard World Song Contest (2009 Category: Blues and R & B) for his lyrics to “Life Gone Blues”
Louis lives with his partner in Northamptonshire, England.
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Other poetry and lyrics collections by Louis J. Casson, available from Amazon Kindle:
Building an Unseen Line, Modern Times Blues, Reggae Riddeema, See You in the Big Time, The Secrets Summer Keeps (love poems I), Sharing a Soft Small Star (love poems, II), Blues Hung Up to Dry, Brand New Highway stretching on.
Samples from the above collections are available free to download to your PC or Kindle reader.
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