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I told you not to listen to bad directions

I dreamed
a herd of elephants
walked through the house
into my garden
stopped and turned around
like a flock of blackbirds
changing direction,
they left the irony of ivory
in their path, they mingled
with the tusks of idols and
idolatry, they were auspicious
where they stood.

On hallowed ground
one carried me
across the Rubicon
to where the nightingale sings
and the loon cries its aloneness
remembering a distant thunder of hooves
roaring across a dog-eared page of poems

like a whetstone,
I sharpen my meaning
of what it means to
be a poet,
footloose and dancing
in a Diwali dream,
the monkey god orchestrating
the shower of stars
descending with the night.

A Tibetan bell rings and I can hear the distant thunder,
lighting crashes but I've forgotten any meaning.

Last few words: 
Thought I'd throw one *out there, in here*. Hope all is well with all.. Many blessings.
Editing stage: 


"the loon cries its aloneness".............what a terrific line. Best watch that I don't steal and use it lol...............stan

I loved the write it took us on a short journey
that played with feelings fine.
Lovely to see you there,
Yours Ian.T

There are a million reasons to believe in yourself,
So find more reasons to believe in others..

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's made the associate with a loon crying its aloneness, Stan. Thanks for reading.

Ian, my journey goes nowhere, somewhere and everywhere. It's all inward. And there's no turning back. ;-)


author comment

As you journey inward always remember that you are not alone and in there also are the many that have touched your life.
Take care what you journey with young one.
Only journey with a clear mind and a love of all things .
As in there you will find all, and in the all will be many things you have to balance.
These are things that need forgiveness, as a balance weight, all as I said are in there.
Trust in your own love of all things and your journey will be beautiful, then as you return to awareness you will know that love is the prime factor..

Yours Ian.T

There are a million reasons to believe in yourself,
So find more reasons to believe in others..

Nice prose and hope all is well for you all there.


am glad to see you. You always leave me with such beautiful sights in my mind's eye. The title and the first few lines, first gave me the impression that I might see something of the comediac side of you. Was it something that started out that way, but got lost? If so, you did get some bad directions. However since the journey was so wonderful, I didn't mind being along for the ride! My wife and I sometimes take one our free days to get lost, [as we call it ]. We just get in the car and drive in some direction until we are somewhere that we have never been before. Then we try to find something interesting to visit or maybe go fishing. [We are never really lost, due the the advantages of G.P.S.] But we didn't always have that, and used to get really lost! A couple of times we almost were stranded, but it always worked out. Now with the price of gas, we don't it as much anymore, but still have fun with it occasionally. Thanks for the ride! ~ Gee

This must be the place, 'cause there ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place

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