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“Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use.” Sai Baba

The Gypsy considers her own needs, her own beliefs, her own spirit and wonders at a life that provides a roof protecting her from the bluest of skies and a pallet of stars; walls that keep her soul confined, and a floor with magnets (surely) that cause her feet to feel heavy; stripped of the freedom of dance. 

This poem is from the 5th Pillar (Musings of a Gypsy) found in my book                     ‘5 Pillars of the Gypsy’

The Gypsy

When the winds of change
Grow silent
And the gypsy
Is confused
And there is no
Other avenue
She wishes
To pursue,

Then the hands
Of time
Will falter
And the spirit
Then no longer
Will her
Soul survive
No fire in her gaze.

She lays her head
To bed at night
Somewhat mystified.
The bed is
Warm and solid.
The house
Is cool and calm.

Then why is it
This gypsy
Feels not
That she belongs?

Will that magic wind
And fire up her sails
So she can feel
Her soul again
With whatever
That prevails?

The night will
Turn to dawn
For just
Another day,
Another day
Of nothingness
Without the winds
Of change.

Perhaps this day
She’ll take
Her leave
Feel her freedom
Once again,

Or perhaps
Enjoy just
One more night
In her
So strange.

When she finally

Takes her leave

Of all that is at stake,

She will not glance backward,

Leaving nothing in her wake.


Who has not felt this way from time to time in life? and who does nothing to instigate those winds of change? Why? Why not? Risk can restore the soul – it is not meant to destroy the spirit – only non-action can do that… (opinion only) LF


NOTE:  I am really really really (*) pleased that Amazon has decided once again to reduce the price of ‘5 Pillars of the Gypsy’ to $20.87 from the original price of  $27.98. I had no choice on the pricing of this book as it is 134 pages with about 50 colour images. In mid-July I will be releasing it in e-book format hoping to reach a wider, new generation of readers using digital devices. 

Sincerely, Lesley Fletcher