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date submitted 22.05.2011
date updated 28.02.2013
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Meditative Musings

James Revoir

Musings about Faith and Life

 

This is a personal collection of poetry, borne out of twenty years of life experience.

 
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Camping

Over the Fourth of July weekend,
 
my friends and I are camping
 
near the Continental Divide;
 

 
The darkness of night
 
brings with it a crisp mountain chill,
 
and our confused bodies protest vociferously
 
that we might return to the sweltering
 
heat wave we left behind the night before,
 
only a short drive away;
 

 
Groping our way along the road
 
through the darkness of a moonless night,
 
we come together on Saturday night
 
to sing praises to God.
 

 
Our path is dimly illuminated
 
by the beacon of a Coleman lantern,
 
offering light but no relief from the cold,
 
and we stumble over hidden rocks
 
veiled under the cover of darkness;
 

 
As my eyes slow grow accustomed
 
to the darkness away from the 'campfire',
 
I hear the familiar voices of two friends
 
who call out my name.
 
They pat a seat which they have saved for me,
 
and bid me that I come sit down
 
and share the protecting covering
 
of a heavy wool blanket draped over their laps,
 
and I gladly oblige.
 
On this unseasonable cold July night
 
In the midst of a seemingly endless heat wave,
 
we ironically share the fellowship
 
of being cold together.
 
Responding to an instinctive physiological
 
urge for self-preservation,
 
the basest level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs,
 
we huddle a little closer together than usual,
 
our hands taking refuge deep in our pockets,
 
or safely hid under our own warm-blooded thighs.
 

 
We gaze up at the sky,
 
awed by a billion celestial bodies,
 
innumerable, silently twinkling high above,
 
shining brilliantly overhead,
 
like the inverted side of the Holy City of Jerusalem,
 
under construction by God Himself,
 
and awaiting its descent at the appointed time
 
that mortal Earth and immortal Heaven
 
will intersect.
 
Milky streaks of red, purple,
 
green, yellow, orange,
 
and every conceivable hue,
 
painted across the sky
 
in broad brushstrokes before time
 
by the Master Artist,
 
declare the glory and handiwork
 
of an infinite Creator.

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alphamomma wrote 517 days ago

I am finally publishing my book of poems. I took your advice about the arrangement. I would like to include your comments in the front of the book along with the other "reviews."

“As your name means "like Christ" so your poetry beautifully reflects your passion and intimacy with Him.” James Revoir

If I have your approval, please leave a permission message on my Facebook page - Christine Gail Garcia.

Thank you.

Peter B wrote 532 days ago

Yeah, we all wanted to marry Audrey! Super collection of musings, that is a good assessment. This is not just one afternoons jotting down notes speculating on so many different topics and aspects of who knows what's to come next. Nice job buddy Jim. Peter B.

evermoore wrote 568 days ago

Such insight...depth...pain...hurt...laughter..love...and such a gift you've shared. From the first...Grampa's Hands...the descriptive way you spoke of his life, comparing it to the rings of a tree...how he used that axe making you bring up Adam in the Garden...and his comment...ohhhhhhhhh, James...I laughed. I knew your poetry would be a delight to read and I was right.

God bless...Linda
Children Walking With Jesus

patio wrote 580 days ago

Gloomy Gladness read like a song
I love poems, hence I love this book
MAX STARS

patio wrote 662 days ago

You done a good story on Hitler

Cara Gold wrote 671 days ago

{Meditative Musings} – James Revoir
I read the first five of your musings; ‘Blackberries’, ‘Grampa’s Hands’, ‘Hitler’, ‘Mouses and Houses’ and ‘Rush Hour.’
What a lovely collection you have here! In these five short chapters, you have already shown such diversity and given me a great deal of enjoyment.

I like ‘Blackberries’ for the way you explore the relationship between mother and child. The last three lines truly touched me ‘There is mother and child and no one else/And the quiet sanctuary of their home/Is their entire universe.’ Mother/child relationships are something I like to explore too in my writing, so this really touched me!

‘Grampa’s Hands’ was very different, more personal because of the use of the first person. It made me pause for a moment and think – nice shift from the Adam in the ‘Garden of Eden’ and the old man, Adam Smith. Interesting… this made me think…

‘Hitler’ – your writing is powerful here, to capture the brutal nature of what Hitler did. The link to devil and fallen angels is very strong.

‘Mouses and Houses’ – such a light contrast from the previous chapter! Enjoyable with its comic undercurrents :)

‘Rush Hour’ – lots of terrific images to capture the feeling, indeed, of rush hour. The very structuring of the poem itself is ‘loose’ and rolls fluidly along, keeping the reading pace fast, and making us feel like we’re caught in the rush.

Thank you so much for sharing these, they are delightful to read and I hope to come back soon! Thank you also for your lovely comment on ‘Dawn of Destruction’, it means a lot to me that you like my writing :)
Sincerely
Cara

hadley wrote 714 days ago

Hi James I am finally making my way down my very large list of books to read and I have found yours to be quite delightful. Whether you are describing situations from high school, watching the News or going off to summer camp you obviously have a very poetic way of expressing your thoughts. I love how in the last chapter you sum it all up as being a choice as to how one decides to think feel etc no matter what life throws at you. God is still in control and we just need to trust. Thank you for your honesty and biblical creativity. This would be a great daily devotioinal and benefit many. Nice job, high stars and watch list,
Mary ann
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JamesRevoir wrote 894 days ago

Hello Bridget:

Thank you for your kind comments and for backing Meditative Musings.

Bless you!

James

I enjoyed reading your poems. I think you are a great poet.
Blessing,
Bridget

Bridget Sherman wrote 894 days ago

I enjoyed reading your poems. I think you are a great poet.
Blessing,
Bridget

John Page wrote 956 days ago

Beautiful poetry...meditative indeed. Clearly your life is one of wonder, musing, and reflection, and humor. Best wishes.

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