I start the day by breathing in: the
sunlight, duly saluted in its splendour,
take a shower; as the water falls
my mind runs on:
‘My mind to me a Kingdom is;’ I think – a castle
at the least, rounded by chink-cracked walls.
And as I go about the day, my
oh my what I’m put through by that mind
which can be prison, also to
which end it’s important for me
to ground my thoughts without a
care for the external kingdom
knowing inner peace is all there is.
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About this poem
This is my first attempt at a ‘golden shovel’ poem, where you choose one line from someone else’s poem and take each word as the final word of each line of your poem: simple, right?
Peter is hosting the final dVerse “Meeting the Bar’ of the year and has challenged us to write a poem in which endings play an important role.
I first chose ‘The Splendour falls on Castle Walls’ from Tennyson’s The Princess, then as I quoted ‘My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is‘ by Edward Dyer, I used this to form the second stanza. If it reads a little strangely then I say in my defense that I have never been great at doing things backwards. Still, I couldn’t let the challenge pass.
The image is of Hrastovlje Church in Slovenia’s Primorska region. It was taken by my husband and I think it’s rather splendid!