On countless occasions
during our friendship
I drew comfort and support
from a remarkable gift,
your compassionate ear.
Whether across the table
at a coffee shop,
or on the silent end of
a late night call,
It was not your style
to give advice.
Instead, you offered
and soothing sounds
should words intrude.
In one memorable exchange
you called me persistent.
Applied to the hesitant steps
and poorly marked paths
of my life,
the word surprised
and amused me.
But you had found,
as you often did,
a gentle way to call me on
my exuberant leanings.
Now, while you explore
vaster fields than this
earthly plane can hold,
Safe journey my friend.
We will meet again.
Even the most persistent souls
let go when itís time to soar.
Available April 21, 2015
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artist, no matter what their art form, is at
heart a poet, confronting the Great Mystery
of the Universe in all its complexity and
striving to become aware of, understand and
appreciate the brief passage of life and
time on planet Earth. In Persistent,
accomplished mystery writer Jean Sheldon
turns her considerable talents to the poetic
form, condensing personal experience into
the exquisite expression of thought, emotion
and revelatory moment. There is no artifice
or pretension in the construction of her
verse, but rather refreshingly direct and
honest musings on the great questions with
which all inquisitive minds and yearning
hearts will ultimately grapple and seek to
perhaps the most daring, the most intimate
and the most revealing of all the art forms
for it gives a glimpse into the thinking and
being of another creative soul at her (or
his) most vulnerable. The poet's journey is
one that is always worthy of respect. The
reader is privileged to bear witness and be
included. Jean Sheldon's own journey is, as
the title suggests, one of persistence,
finding light in the midst of shadow and
stretching, as she says, "to tap the
heavens." No doubt her journey, one of
open-minded and compassionate possibility,
will inspire you to consider your own.
Overmire, poet and author of The One Idea
That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience
and A Call to Action.