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Vade Mecum

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Wendy,

Looking at the sea, and the shell, I am led to consider the white noise
that so captures the soul at seaside. The seashell further enhances the
mood. I am content with the lines and the peace they bring.

Even so, the title led me to consider a book called The Bible
Student’s Vade-mecum. From the perspective of that old book
this poem is best understood and most loved “in a spirit of prayer”.
I think it is true that “what we believe in makes us Christians
and what we differ in makes us sectarians.”

Doctrine aside, I love the poetry of this poem. It is musical
and evocative and it entices heart and mind to action.

Much enjoyed!

sarah

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Hi Sarah

Thanks so much for you wonderful and intuitive comments; I so deeply appreciate them. In this case, the “vade mecum” concept is referring to what a writer consults or carries personally, always for guidance and inspiration. Many writers have one or a list of classics they rely on to stimulate their minds, themes etc. But for me, I go back to the literal translation from the Latin, meaning what literally “goes with me” and though I do find inspiration in many poets, classical viewpoints and other volumes on the subject, I am companioned by Awareness at all times. An awareness that becomes a living text of observation and reflection, continually washing up on the moments beach cluttered with stimuli. It does have a spiritual energy of its own and though it maybe latent at times, there is always something in the moment to wake it up. I think I was also personifying it or her as sort of a rebirth of consciousness every time it is summoned and new connections/ revelations are made. Sort of a Bottecelli’s Venus washing up on the shore of the experience or the present moment. Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed the poem and deeply appreciate your input!

Take care,
Wendy

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