hints of ivory

precious innocent soul
skipping rocks
on cobblestone roads
vulnerable untarnished pure
no residue of earthly soil

return me to that naiveté
unburdened by layers
of fake masks
and perfect capped teeth
in narcissistic societies

but I shan’t grasp
at ethereal edges
of nebulousness
and ephemeral

i shall endure
what I abhor
a master’s soul
cannot be forged
in paradise

wisdom’s essence
‘tis not pristine white
hints of ivory
tinge the effervescence
of the sage’s breath

©2017 Jane Taylor Hardy


  • Tony36

    Wonderfully written and expressed great write

    • janetaylor

      thank you so much tony ~ i appreciate it :0)

      • Tony36


      • ron parrish aka wordman

        it reads almost spiritual, a masters soul cannot be forged in paradise,but here and now

        • janetaylor

          thank you so much ron! i appreciate your gracious comment :0)

        • Jarid

          Love the way this is woven together into a great poem!

          • janetaylor

            thank your for your kind and thoughtful comment jarid!

          • Pintu Mahakul

            Preciousness of soul is well reflected in this poem. No earthly matter touches soul. Soul carries wisdom. Sage’s breath is wonderful. An excellent poem is shared here.

            • janetaylor

              Pintu ~ thank you for your ever kind and gracious comment!

            • WriteBeLight

              The innocence of being very young. I saw that recently in a co-worker's child's face. My heart melted. I tried not to think that one day this beautiful child might grow into a tough-to-handle teenager. :)Wonderful work.

              • janetaylor

                Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

              • RAJ NANDY

                The Greek philosopher Plato had said all our learning commences with recollection of the wisdom which lies in our soul after birth! Your lovely poem has that spiritual and mystic touch! - Raj, New Delhi

                • janetaylor

                  thank you so very kindly raj!

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