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On a Path: a poem and four paintings by James Eric Watkins

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

sunflower, painting by James Eric Watkins

“I loafe and invite my soul.” ~ Walt Whitman

On a Path

hovering within

a moment, I found

god today, on a path

in the forest, under

a lush green canopy of leaves

the light peeking

through the silence

and the sound of songbirds... singing

beauty coming into focus

harmony into balance

it was there, next to a tree

draped in snake-like vines

wrapping around my mind

the smell of warm honeysuckles

thick in the air, it was there

standing still, that I found god.

(Previously published in Moments of the Soul, in Spirit First, 2010)



(by James Eric Watkins)


(by James Eric Watkins)


(by James Eric Watkins)

sunflower (by James Eric Watkins)


James Eric Watkins is an opa, father, husband, writer, poet, photographer, and artist living in North Vernon, Indiana.

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