I KNEW YOU WHEN

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“Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end.” The Two TowersJ.R.R. Tolkien


I was walking along the Edge of Eternity, when a goose approached. The goose set a calculating eye on me, saying “I knew you when. I knew you when the sun was young. You were a secret written in code on the Angel Uriel’s wing.”

Uriel (or Oriel) – one of the seven archangels. According to the tradition, Uriel is the angel who leads us to our destiny

© 2018, Jamie Dedes; Photo credit ~ JJ Harrison via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”


The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

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12 Comments on “I KNEW YOU WHEN

  1. It reminds me of a hymn they would sing in church – the title eludes me at this moment but it had a similar sentiment of being known before birth. Isn’t that ultimately what we all want – to be known for who we truly are? To be truly seen? This poem reverberates with so much meaning. Love it! ❤️

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  2. As I read this, all I could think was “Wow!” I like the idea of being known before and your wonderful writing seems to be nudging me to work on a post I started some time ago in response to a post by Michael Watson that neither one of us can now find in his archives. I am going to “star” this in my inbox so, just maybe, I can find it when I start writing again. Sending healing wishes.

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  3. Okay. First thing, WOW. I love poetry. And the best thing about it is how much can be said with so little. Every restriction comes loose in a poem – only limit is how high can your imagination think? And this thought far.
    I knew you when the sun was young – that’s my best line. This is good. Truly.

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  4. Yes, I agree it is very beautiful! In keeping with further reading, will you give me futher reading on this quote? “I was walking along the Edge of Eternity, when a goose approached. The goose set a calculating eye on me, saying “I knew you when. I knew you when the sun was young. You were a secret written in code on the Angel Uriel’s wing.” I have been pondering on this for some time and have concluded that I had to ask. It sounds like it could be something Jonathan Livingston Seagull would say.
    Thanks Jamie 💜

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      • I’m so sorry. It IS very beautiful! 🌼💐. That’s why I wanted to fully understand it. I misunderstood the quotation and am still a little confused.💜 Please accept my apology.

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        • No apologies necessary. Wish I had more to say, it’s just a little something that came to me in the hospital over this little “vacation.” LOL! Happy new year, Jen.

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        • Clearly I had no idea and I have an overactive imagination. 😏 as you know.
          The dark
          has a way
          of stiring fears
          in all of us…
          my little poem lol
          I hope your “vacation” isn’t too trying. You are terribly missed. ❤🌼

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