The Spirit That Lies Within

Hi Everyone,

This weeks blog is a painting and poem. This will be the last repeat for some time. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking back at some of my older poems. The start of new poems and art work from next week. πŸ™‚

I hope some of you enjoy this weeks blog.

Wishing you all a bright and blessed week to come.

Tikarma xxxx.

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The Spirit That Lies Within


Trees are bare from Autumn’s wind.

Their silhouettes

Sentinels to my ever-increasing ages.

I have grown through Spring andΒ Summer’s heat

To Autumn’s end.

As Winter beckons I am still not yet a proper tree.

Β .

Still, in my deserts sunset I do declare.

War is over.

Buried, abandoned in the distance.

My ship has sailed.

The ego bought home to port.

I’ve surrendered

Yet I continue to bare my heart

Wide open for all to see.

Β .

I’ve no idea what the future brings.

It remains hidden.

I only know that the child within will always survive.


Through death,

Anger, vengeance and


The bogeyman under my bed…

I have stopped.

For one last look.

I am not yet a proper tree.

The spirit that lies within

Scattered over desert sands.

Β .

Before I move on, I know only one lesson.

It is for time

Not I

To decide what all of it

Could mean.



Β© 2010 Tikarma Vodicka




12 thoughts on “The Spirit That Lies Within

  1. I always liked this painting. I like the ones where you place your teddy in them. πŸ˜€ I hope your week is going terrific, and you had a splendid birthday. *HUGS*

    1. Hi Diana,

      Thank you very much your lovely response.

      I’m glad you like the painting. I enjoy being able to put Jackie Bear in my paintings when I can. I’m sure they’ll be more in the future. πŸ™‚

      I had a very good Birthday thank you. The beach was super windy so I didn’t get to stay as long as I’d like but it was just nice to be able to get there. πŸ™‚

      I hope you have a really good week!


  2. Very nice to see the painting and read the poem again!
    Wishing you great energy and inspiration for your new work to come!

    Have a good week,
    with Love
    Mum & Karley xOOOx

    1. Hi Mum,

      Thank you for stoping in and for your lovely wishes.I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the painting and poem again.

      All my best wishes for you too for good weather and much inspiration for your tapestry!

      Have a lovely week!
      with much love
      PATS for Karley

  3. It is always time that decides where we are going, even though most of the time I think I’m in control even though I, too, am an unfinished tree. Wonderful poem.

    1. Hi Thomas

      I’m glad you liked the poem. Time and life I think have their ways of reminding us we’re not in control. I think to some extent we’re all unfinished trees. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for reading.


  4. Hi Tikarma

    This is such an inspiring poem.

    It reminds me that however hard I try to fight I am actually not in control. All I can do is to simply live the best I can one day at a time and trust that all will be well and any pain I am going through is for some reason way beyond my ever understanding.

    I would like to think I am growing and that maybe one day I will be “a proper tree”. But I would like to think too that
    “the inner child will always survive”.

    Your painting moved me greatly too. I could look at it for hours and still find beautiful and unexpected surprises in there.

    Love and
    (((BIG HUGS)))

    Christine xx

    1. Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your thoughtful response. I’m really glad that you were able to get something from both the poem and the painting.

      The painting and the poem were inspired by my movement through a period of intense grief and ill health.
      I came to a realisation that you have to surrender at some point. To continue to fight circumstance only holds you in stagnation.

      It’s not always easy to let go, but for myself at least, learning to accept and find the good things in my circumstance instead of only looking at what was lost was very helpful.
      I very strongly disagree with beliefs that we choose what comes into our life. I found personally that in the greater part we don’t choose. What we choose is our response to the circumstance.
      We can use it to move ourselves forward positively or we can let it consume us in its negativity.

      So the poem and paintng is about choosing a more positive path.

      From what I’ve come to know of you , you are a very strong woman and I believe if you can find something to laugh about, smile about or take joy in even for a moment then the child within survives. πŸ™‚

      Love and
      (((BIG HUGS)))

  5. Hi Tikarma,

    Such a wonderful poem and painting. I really enjoyed reading the poem again. I am blessed at the moment that I can see the painting every day πŸ™‚

    This poem reminds me that one must live life, not to become a victim of life. Life will throw all that it can at us. But we must learn to deal with it, roll with the punches and move on to what is important. Life is for living, it is not something that happens. I find the Taoist viewpoint in nature within these words. That one must be like a leaf in the snow. You do not resist as you would soon break, but you bend and yield to the force, thus becoming victorious as the snow falls off. To me, this is what life is. We should not get hung up on what we can not control. We should accept it and move on. Life is too precious to waist on what we can not control. Let us spend the time laughing, having fun, loving, creating things of beauty and appreciating all that is around us. Let us live!

    Thank you for sharing these two amazing pieces of art and showing us what life is really all about :-).

    Yours in love, always and forever,



    1. Hi Jamie,

      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and sharing some very good wisdom.
      I’m glad you got so much from the painting and poem and that you enjoy having my paintings all over the walls. πŸ˜€

      I do very much agree with the Taoist view too. It’s difficult though. I think it’s human nature to fight and feel anger when life deals you a hard blow and to a certain degree that’s healthy. It’s learning not to remain within that, which is sometimes easier said than done. πŸ™‚
      Like you said though if we can keep on laughing and living because yes! Life is for the living. If we can hold onto a bigger picture of our life and release our ego need to have answers then it makes it easier to let go.

      Thank you for sharing with me some of the more deeper stuff on life.

      Yours always in love
      ❀ ❀ ❀

  6. Hi Tikarma,

    I really love this picture – it is so full of surprises. And when I found Jackie Bear in the tree I was enchanted and left smiling πŸ™‚

    The poem too paused me to think –

    “I am not yet a proper tree” is such a wonderful analogy for how I see myself in life – I had never thought of it before but when I think of it it produces a wry smile.

    I will write that line on my cork board and reflect on it on days when I am giving myself a hard time!! πŸ™‚

    Thank you

    and K’sOTC πŸ™‚

    1. Hi David,

      Thank you!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed looking at the painting and found something to take away from the poem. I’m very glad too Jackie Bear’s feature in the painting was able to give you a smile. πŸ™‚

      I have pondered what I wrote in that line “I am not yet a proper tree.” It would seem to be a metaphor that can have several meanings. Which is always a good thing I think. πŸ™‚

      To some degree I think we’re all unfinished and I think it should be that way. To come to a place of true completetion is a frightening concept for myself. I hope to always keep changing and to keep growing and evolving my form.

      For myself writing the line was about being damaged, so me the little tree had not gown properly with my branches all askew and thus I’m not finished. I still need to grow out those awkward and damaged braches prune even if you will πŸ™‚ until one day hopefully I look like a proper tree. πŸ™‚

      I would hope you don’t give yourself a hard time too often *stern look* πŸ™‚ but I’m moved that you feel the line may help you with perspective on those days where it’s harder to see yourself for your true worth.

      I hope you stay well rugged up in your colder weather and thank you again. πŸ™‚

      and K’sOTC πŸ™‚

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