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Poem & Pic of the Month: August 2014

Every month, I post one of my poems (paired with one of my pictures), sharing its origin and some of its essence. Here is my Poem & Pic of the Month for August 2014:


by Patrick Bishop

What whispers in the wind for you?

Promises of dreams?

Quiet awe and reverent wonder?

Lost love and time gone by?

Or does it carry something else?

A kiss from someone unknown

A seed yet to be planted and sown

A tickle of cool breeze just when you need it most

Another breath from your creator

A floating leaf who has let go of home

To hear is to know

that the windsong is

the same as the exhale of heaven

waiting for you to take it all in


This poem was written in Grand Rapids, Michigan as I sat at a picnic table in the middle of the campus of Aquinas College on a quiet, sunny day in June 2014.

Often, my poems start with a question that simply "pops into my head." I was reflecting on the exciting changes happening in my daughter's life as she heads into her senior year of high school. She often talks about topics in the spirit of the feelings expressed in the song from West Side Story, "Something's Coming." The feeling of that song found its way into my thoughts as I reflected the changes she'll experience the next few years. I closed my eyes. A cool breeze blew across my face and the poem began to flow. I especially love the last stanza. It's an example of something that just comes to me when I let go.

This picture was taken in Newaygo on Kimball Lake during a Fourth of July celebration. My brother in law, Bryan, is doing what he does best -- creating a fun time for the kids by lighting and releasing these large Chinese lanterns.

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