The words sparkle inside my mind
Like scintillating spills of crystal ~
I see their colors and I hear
The way they sing to me ~
Do you hear them too ~ or
Is this miracle mine alone ~

They move in stately procession ~
Or they salsa or they jive ~
I never can predict their actions ~
I am a slave to their beauty too ~
In fact I can’t recall a time
I didn’t feel this way ~

The beauty of a wildflower can
Leave me breathless with longing ~
To create with my words ~ just once ~
A thing of such effortless
Loveliness and joy ~

Gifted with such resources
Surely I cannot be so clumsy
As I sometimes feel ~ when I
Compare my efforts to the sheer
Perfection of the natural world ~

My aspirations are higher than
They have ever been ~
And I have come to realize ~
That the gifts of Grace
Are given ~ to the worthy
And to the undeserving ~
In generously equal measure ~

By a Universe which takes us ~
Not so seriously as we would
Be taken ~ but which
Loves us all the same ~

© 2012, Melody Haislip. All rights reserved.

Melody Haislip (23 Posts)

I began writing poetry in my early 20s, and then put it aside and forgot it. Then a couple of years ago, I suddenly began writing ~ about everything under the sun ~ and I began to write poetry again. Or perhaps I should say channel more than write, since I feel that I am merely the conduit for some of the pieces I write. Those are the best of times, when the words flow, and those are the words which speak to others. Wish I could live in that state all the time!


  1. Ah Melody, this is absolutely perfect! Whenever I write, I do feel like the words dance to their own tune. Also, this is exactly how I feel when I see the images in my mind for my paintings. They dance, they sing, they sparkle. Especially the cupcakes, they really have a mind of their own haha ^_^

    I’ve always felt safe when I surrounded myself with words and art when I was younger. I really, really loved this!

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      TJ, I know what you mean. I’ve always felt safe and happy with words. I understand them and I love to work with them and play with them. I’m so glad you enjoyed my poem, thank you!

  2. That’s a beautiful ode to words and language and communication and creativity. Love it, very inspiring and motivating to read.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Pete, coming from one of the most prolific and dynamic writers I know that’s a feather-in-my-cap of a compliment. Color me appropriately grateful! :)

  3. What sweet inspiring words. They just flow off the page like music to my ears. :)

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Dani,thank you for hearing them, too. And for Sweet inspiration, I love Your new poem! :D

  4. Melody,

    Reminds me of that Whirling Dervish dance that Mary did once. She went to a Halloween party dressed as one, and as I read your words, I imagined Mary whirling happily in between the lines of verse!

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      It’s always interesting to see what my words conjure up in the minds of others. Do you have any pictures to go with this story, ma’am? :)

  5. Melody,

    Yet again a stunningly beautiful poem. If ever the word sparkling could be applied to a poem, this would be the one.

    Also, the image is exquisite!

    Love this poem!


    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Oh, Larry, if only everyone were as easy to please and as quick with a graceful compliment. And, yes, the image was a great find. It had the larger-than-life, extra dramatic crystal creature I was looking for and didn’t know it till I saw it. Don’t you love it when that happens?

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

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