The Eyes Of Source

Title Quote: Abraham-Hicks

Nature is so awesome
Its beauty is beyond compare
It’s everything natural around us
Always willing of itself to share

From a tiny little seed
A mighty tree can grow
From such small beginnings
Strength and beauty it can show

With love and appreciation in your heart
Just take a look around you and see
The abundance of natures forms
Its silent miracle is the key

Open your heart and open your eyes
To the wonders all around
Nature’s always there, waiting patiently
Until the Eyes Of Source you have found

Beauty and perfection can be seen
In the smallest, simplest flower
Just living, growing, adapting, changing, being
Its message can bring such power

Love is what you really are
It’s the truest abundance of wealth
Looking at the world through The Eyes Of Source
You are being your true self

Trina Graves – July 2012


About This Poem

Looking ‘Through The Eyes Of Source’ is one of my favourite quotes from Abraham-Hicks as it gives an easy reminder of the ultimate perception of everything we see. 

As you can see, I wrote this poem in 2012, but years later when I was going through my poems to add them to my website (Spiritual Quotes To Live By) I decided not to use this one but instead to write another using the same quote.  At that time I had recently gone for a walk locally and been so awestruck with the simple beauty surrounding me and one tree in particular had literally brought tears to my eyes! so writing the newer version was easy to do: Through The Eyes Of Source is one of my favourites of my poems as for me it brings back the memory of that walk. 

Although this poem was originally called Through The Eyes Of Source, I have edited the title to differentiate between the two poems.

The Eyes Of Source (2012) - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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The Best Time To Plant A Tree

Title Quote: Unknown

The best time to plant a tree
Is twenty years ago
To give it the essential time
To develop, bloom and grow

Of course, this isn’t relevant
If you are still a youth
But, I’m sure you can see
This plain and simple truth

Trees are vital to our life
Here on this planet Earth
But do we really appreciate
Our trees, for all their worth?

Some say, if trees gave wi-fi
We would all be planting more
Instead, they give us oxygen
Life’s breath, crucial to our core

Trees sustain our life
We’re inherently entwined
Why do we chop them down
When other sources we can find?

Every child would benefit from
Planting a tree when they are small
Gaining more than just ‘green fingers’
Through the years as both grow tall

So, if you have not planted a tree
Years ago for time to allow
It’s growth and needed life-force
The second best time is NOW

Trina Graves – 18th February 2016


About This Poem

The full quote, from an unknown source, is:

The Best Time To Plant A Tree Is Twenty Years Ago
The Second Best Time Is Now

Even though I never really appreciated the miracle and wonderment of nature until I was much older, I have always loved trees. Many of my childhood memories are tree related: enjoying the blossoms on a lilac tree in our garden, often standing under and smelling an evergreen tree (not sure what sort) in the playground at primary school and making out shapes and pictures in the tree skyline from our kitchen window. 

From that early noticing of blossom, spring became my favourite time of year. In my adult years as I moved home, I was never a zealous gardener, but I always planted a few trees in each garden. In my older years as my love of nature developed, trees were obviously a focus of my attention and I become mesmerized in their awesomeness.

I’ve noticed that the things I did as a child I still do, along with new habits of hugging, touching, praising, giving thanks, taking photos and just basking in the majestic beauty of the trees I encounter.

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Emma (daughter) with Jessica, Seth & Lucy (grandchildren) 2007

The Amen Of Nature Is Always A Flower

Title Quote: Oliver Wendell Holmes

At the bus stop, passing time in my solitary thoughts
My gaze rested upon some nearby empty ground
There was nothing much at all to see, it seemed
Some grass, soil and stones were all my eyes found

Nothing changed over those cold winter months
As each week I waited patiently and surveyed
When rain fell soaking the earth, I noticed
Muddy puddles developed, where children played

As the days began to get a little longer
They became brighter and warmer too
I began to notice a change on the ground
Signs of life were starting to break through

The weeks went by as Spring finally arrived
Some days of rain, but mostly warm and bright
Various shades of green shoots covered the ground
Although different, united in seeking the light

Showers of petals from nearby blossoming trees
Cascaded upon me as I gazed at the ground
Gone now the blankness of winter past
Abundant foliage and flowering buds I found

I’ll never forget that summers day I arrived
My senses were blasted by the sheer power
Of an awesome scene of vibrant colour and beauty
The Amen of nature is always a flower

Trina Graves – 31st January 2015


About This Poem

This was the first time I wrote a poem for my blog.  On that day, after writing my thoughts on the quote, my thoughts wandered to when I lived in a village that had a long walk to the bus stop and the idea of this poem came to me.  When I write in ‘first person’ it is almost always a true part of my life, this poem is one of the exceptions, but it is based on my experiences.

While looking back through my previous blogs, in December 2016, I came across this poem and thought it would be a good idea – and an interesting challenge – to change the way I did my blog, so I began to write inspirational poems for each quote, rather than my thoughts on the quote or photograph. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes quote: The amen of nature is always a flower. Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

The Tree That Spoke

Oh, the things I have felt
For over a hundred years
From bountiful joys of nature
To the sorrow of human tears

When I was first planted here
There wasn’t much else around
A field of grass, some trees like me
A few upright stones on the ground

As I grew tall and strong
Yielding as each season passed
The people came and went
Always mournful and downcast

My wisdom grew with time
As my roots delved into the Earth
I also connected to the sun above
All-That-Is pronounced my worth

The ever-flowing abundant life
Birds, foliage, butterflies, bees
Most people never-ever noticed
Oh, please! BEHOLD us trees

We are the inherent Guardians of Earth
Filtering and providing more than they see
The original network, our roots underground
We may seem static, but we are truly free

The empty field that once surrounded my youth
Is now filled with hundreds of stones
Becoming more ornate over the years
But still, just mark the position of bones

I absorb the waves of sadness that flow
From the people visiting a stone
If they let me, I can help them
For we are One and never alone

I sense the Spirit of their loved one
They block the energy by thinking them gone
My leaves whisper the truth on the breeze
‘They are beside you, they do live on’

Trina Graves – 6th July 2018


About This Poem

From the age of six until I married, my family would spend the summer Sunday afternoons in various villages throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. My father belonged to a cricket club, so we all went along to enjoy and afternoon out. While the men played cricket, the woman chatted and the children played. My mum also liked to take a walk around the villages, especially to visit their church and grounds. I didn’t realize it back then, of course, but this was to develop into something I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life. 

I now love to visit old churches and graveyards, especially to see the beautiful trees that are always present in these tranquil grounds. So, when I began to take nature photographs to compile my photo-quotes this was obviously a wonderful source for me.

Last week I had to take my car to have some work done, nearby there was a graveyard (no church though) that I had not visited before, so I decided to go and hang out there while I waited. It was a beautiful sunny day and after walking around – taking lots of photos – I sat in the shade to bask in the glorious view of trees.

Personally, I believe graves are an old tradition that in our more enlightened times are no longer needed. But, I respect that others can find comfort in visiting their loved ones marker. I do not find them at all depressing because I choose to think of all the love that has been brought to the site, for hundreds of years!

So, as I sat there, just across from me was this tall tree surrounded by gravestones. I thought about what it has viewed over the years and decided to write a poem, luckily I had pen and paper with me. And this is what I wrote.  

The Tree That Spoke - Inspirational Sympathy poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
The view from where I sat to write this poem