Peaceful Pastoral Life is Spiritually Possible

Peaceful Pastoral Life …

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A peaceful pastoral life is spiritually possible,
When one can escape confines of this world,
To journey within where abides love for all that is.

Far beyond where dreams go is my secluded mountain home,
Surrounded by majestic beauty below clouds of serenity,
Within the heart of Nature, where abides peace and balance.

Here, I feel the life of the great mountain as it breathes,
And provides all upon it with harmony and balance,
With shelter from life’s storms, far above worldly cares.

Where dreams are but a memory, and life abounds
In love for all life forms, of the same spiritual essence,
All being one in life, as given by the Creator above.

Here I exist alone, yet alone I am not, for all here
Is a significant part of me, just as I am of them,
From the smallest pebble to the mightiest tree.

It is here where all senses come alive,
Where awareness of all that is beautiful,
Touches the heart and soul with sublime love.

The animals, birds, all things live with the joy
Of being, and of being in a haven flowing
As beautiful and peaceful as life is meant to be.

It is a perfect bliss of beauty, ineffable happiness,
The Self’s highest truths incarnate, of innocence,
And the natural state of man and woman.

This is my peaceful pastoral life,
In the unspoiled, harmonious wilderness,
Of my secluded mountain home.

© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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Phyllis Doyle Burns

I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

8 thoughts on “Peaceful Pastoral Life is Spiritually Possible

  • October 31, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    A beautiful life, surrounded by nature’s gifts and so meaningful in a spiritual path. By the way love the watercolor; beautiful. Great feel and peaceful in its countenance. great work Phyllis.

  • October 31, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    Thank you, Tony. I just added a second painting by the same artist. So glad you like the work and the watercolor. Take care.

  • November 1, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    I agree with Tony the artwork is lovely. It goes well with the poem, which itself is very lovely as well. Nice work, a very serene place I’d like to explore.

    • November 1, 2017 at 12:57 PM

      Thank you so much, Paul. We can each have our own pastoral life within. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Take care.

  • November 1, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    It is such a touching poem. The artwork matched it perfectly. I feel this way sometimes when I am sitting in solitude with my writing. A beautiful piece.

    • November 1, 2017 at 9:33 PM

      Thank you very much, Tammy. Yes, this is one of the places I go to when in my quiet times. Glad you liked the artwork, I was thrilled to find that artist. Take care.

  • November 3, 2017 at 6:13 AM

    Wonderful piece Phyllis – I was going to say how I loved the artwork, but hey, it seems I was Johnny come late on that….lol..


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