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Topic: POETRY CHALLENGE - Romance (12/06/04)

TITLE: Filtered Through the Leaves
By Joyce Poet


You are the subtle hint of spice
captured in the desert wind.
I am the smell of promise
just prior to quenching
mountain rains.

Should we ever meet on the ridge,
our scent intermingling
with the sweet, sweet smell
of a rose, the Rose of Sharon,
what unique scent
would the three of us,
a threefold cord, emanate?

I want to be your compliment,
to stand amiable at your side,
to know you the way no one has
outside of God alone,
to unfold the part of you
that you’ve, thus far,
kept hidden from the world.

How long will you stay hidden
from me as well?
Since when have you listened
to anything the world has to say?
Certainly, God never told you
“Beware of things too good to be true.”
Rather, He has promised us both
blessings we could not contain.

Meet me on the ridge.
Find me across the bend.
Follow the sounds of the songbirds;
They’ll lead you safely to me
where I sit underneath the shade trees,
alone and unafraid,
for the Holy Spirit bids me
“Wait. Do not awaken love
before its season.”

I do believe I can smell
the scent of spices
filtering through the leaves.

Perhaps it is carried
on the same promising wind
that’s blowing in the next
gentle mountain rain.

I am waiting quietly for you, Love,
so tempted to wake you
from your rest.
But love has its boundaries
and I don’t want to take that chance --
to lose what our Father has promised me.

Especially not now,
as the subtle hint of spice
grows stronger by the day.
© Joyce Pool

Member Comments
Member Date
Kenny Paul Clarkson12/13/04
This was a joy to read. Twice.
Marcell Billinghurst12/13/04
A lovely tender alluring poem which beckons the one reading to investigate further. Very well written. A joy to read.
Diane Johnson12/13/04
Joyce, what a beautiful, beautiful poem. I love the way and words you used to portray true and yes, sensual love. BLESS YOU! What an awesome gift you have :)
Lucian Thompson12/13/04
Wow…Treava, this poem gives me cold chills. You are one of the most expressive poets I have ever had the pleasure to read. The message is so clear and the words flow like honey, sweet to the soul. Very, very, very well done.
Norma OGrady12/13/04
Yeshua bless you through this christmas season and have a "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005"
lovingly Norma
Jodi Hodge12/13/04
Absolutely wonderful. It makes you sad that it ends too soon. Great job!
Debbie OConnor12/13/04
Extraordinary! A treasure -- and the very first entry! I love it!
Sheila Lockhart12/13/04
I love this it truly expresses that true love waits. I think that I will share it with my children.
Anna Johnson12/13/04
Joyce, I'm with the rest...this is a beautiful poem with magnificent imagery. Keep writing for the Lord, and I encourage you to enter poetry contests, if you haven't already. Thanks again.
Lois Jennison Tribble12/14/04
Exquisite, Joyce. Poetry is your medium -- keep writing. So much said on so many levels. Ditto to all the above.
Deborah Anderson12/14/04
This is absolutely beautiful, Joyce. You have a true gift for poetry. God bless you.
Beverly Murrelle12/14/04
Mitzi Busby12/14/04
Super job. You create images with your words. You draw the reader in.
David Stewart12/14/04
This is a beautiful poem. Merry Christmas.
Kathy Cartee12/15/04
Wonderful, You really have a very special gift. The words just drew me in and expressed love in a beautiful way.
God bless
Linda Germain 12/15/04
Absolutely perfection! You have the soul of a poet. This is so, so beautiful. *sigh
beautifully written. thank you for sharing.
god bless and greetings for the holidays
Debbie OConnor12/16/04
I've already commented here, but I had to come back to say that this is some of the best poetry I've ever read and I've read a lot. You got my vote, and I wish you all the richest blessing as you wait for that subtle scent of spice to overwhelm you. One caution, remember that the spice will bear the form of a very human man. As a romantic I know the danger of pursuing illusion. I think you have the right perspective, based on your poem. Wonderful work!
William Mae12/20/04
This is a wonderfully written poem, it has beautiful romantic flow to it. You are very good I can see with poetry.

William mae
Joyce Poet12/21/04
I feel very priveledged to write among the best of the best. And this? Well, it's an honor and I offer you a very humble "thank you." In His loving embrace, Treava (Joyce)
Amy Michelle Wiley 04/30/05
I, too, am waiting quietly. Thank you for the beautiful poem!