Necessary To My World

There you are
Just when I need you
Happy to hear your voice,
I s m i l e

Accepting always
My chameleon-like moods
Necessary to my world
You and your style.

Kindred spirits
Dodging potholes
Down the avenue
Hand in hand
Our senses inflated
To a natural high

Verbalizing energies
We share
Feeling immune
To inane beliefs
That others let slip by

Nurturing a kinship
That sustains and will
Never, ever die.
1968

by Jim Boone

Comments (21)

............a wonderful poem with the most vivid and picturesque imagery....super amazing ★
Still today so many religious leaders suffer from the Thou shalt not- disease instead of preaching the huge message of love. Our world is craving for love, and still our leaders manage to destroy the wonderful garden of love that this world should be. Wonderful poem. I do not understand how the mean marks of this poem are anything lower a full 10
Does this mean Thou Shalt Not Love or was he disappointed with LOVE? or didn't find that place of happiness he so remembered?
One of Blake's most characteristic poems, not as well known as others, such as 'The Tyger' or 'The Lamb, ' but perhaps even more important as a statement of his values. One might infer from a first reading of this poem that Blake was anti-religion. In fact, he was intensely religious. His visions and visionary poems always proceeded from his faith, from very early childhood on. He was, indeed, anti-institutional. He felt that most institutional churches had become precisely the sort of legalistic bodies that Jesus himself spoke against so adamantly. The Chapel in this poem stands for such institutions, in which 'Thou shalt not' predominates over 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' The last two lines - longer than the others, with pronounced internal rhymes - may be one of Blake's most dramatic and engaging images: 'binding with briars my joys and desires.' As he says in another one of his well-known poems, 'The Divine Image, ' the truly godly values are 'mercy, pity, peace and love.' Personally, I wish that Blake's poems were taught in all churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious institutions as well as in schools and families. Even young children will enjoy hearing them read. This would be a good one to start with.
I can see it all in my mind with my eyes closed, and why a church door would be locked and banned for any soul to enter.. This poem was beautiful sir, thank you for sharing it with me.
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