The Patient Heartbeat

The uncontested pause

of a beating heart

is a miracle of patience.

The ultimate sound of destiny

is but a heart

pausing for the next


Our destiny is manifest

when silence waits no longer.

Our ultimate destiny is




An Uncontested Pause


28 thoughts on “The Patient Heartbeat

  1. gimpet says:

    Wow, “the ultimate sound of destiny is but a heart pausing for the next lifebeat”. What philosophical richness. Can I re-blog that quote and put you as the author? It struck me right between the eyes. Today I have been thinking about heartbeats all day, mine thrumming beneath my ribcage reminding me that LIFE is HERE NOW, and here you said it all, just a page or two away….

    • Certainly you can re-blog! I am a bit fascinated with heartbeats/lifebeats for some reason. Not really sure why. Perhaps just a rhythm we all carry with us. Who knows! πŸ™‚ Perhaps my favourite quote of all time is from Robert Brault: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

      • gimpet says:

        A great quote. And so very true. We build big dreams on little events.
        “We are but one heartbeat away from eternity”. A powerful thought, and one that deserves contemplation…and poetry! My favorite line I ever wrote was the last line from this: I am your Q-R-S, you are my T. These are the intricately linked electrical conduction parts of the heart that are parsed out in an electrocardiogram that I expressed here:

        • That is …. amazing! Now, you must follow YOUR advice to me and put descriptions at the end of YOUR words!

          • gimpet says:

            You are right I should have described that more. My cryptic sentence was just meant to suggest that two lovers half a world apart can be as one if their heartbeats are connected. Perhaps I will put a description on that poem in the unlikely case any wanderer ever happens to stumble across it. Otherwise, it is just a little weird.

            • I am still 50/50 on explanations. I went to a play last night, “What Happened Was…” and afterwards, our conversation was great – all kinds of thoughts! But I didn’t want to know any official explanations!

              • gimpet says:

                Some people are like that. I like to get into the mind of the person I am reading. Just my preference, makes the experience richer and I feel more connected to the writer. On my poetry blog, I write just enough to give people an idea, without getting into gory details. A balance, if you will.

                • When I complete my ‘Trilogy’ of Silence, Solitude and Secrets (last one almost done!) then I might put in some extra bits – Director’s Cut if you will, about them πŸ™‚ One component of my job is to write computer documentation, and I never want to insult a reader by making it TOO simple! Einstein once said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” A bit of a paradox, considering my ‘style’ but words are simply….. beautiful to me!

                  • gimpet says:

                    You write educational manuals for computers? LOL I cant see you dumbing down your vocabulary for end users! I like the director’s cut! Secrets sounds enticing and mysterious….dragons don’t give out their secrets easily. I write procedures for my unit, a dry and boring job but no one else likes to write, and as you say, words are beautiful even if it is for how to set up a dialysis machine…..although I am told mine are too detailed and need to be ‘dumbed down’ a bit…LOL

                    • Occasionally when documentation is needed. Which is quite often! Nobody likes to document Macs – we all just know what to do! πŸ™‚ And actually, I was asked to cut down on my emails to my supervisors….by HALF – OR MORE, because I tended to write so much! Really! πŸ™‚

                    • gimpet says:

                      NO, not YOU! LOL! I am the same way, I write loads on email, as you may have noticed!
                      Economy of words is greatly valued in upper management. “Just the facts, Ma’am” My head physician will not answer emails more than three lines long! So I have learned to write stuff like: “I need to talk to you TODAY about (patient) blood pressure of 180/100” and not go into any detail. People don’t want the “story” unless it affects their bottom line or makes them look bad. Too many distractions in life causes attention squandering. You should recommend mindfulness training to your managers! So should I, come to think of it.

                    • Actually, my immediate (for now!) manager came to meditation last week! He really is good, and has supported me tremendously! And I have .. cut down on my emails…but not by much! You can take the boy away from the thesaurus, but not the thesaurus away from the boy! πŸ™‚

                    • gimpet says:

                      Emails are a good way to document that you communicated an issue.
                      I have email horror stories though, as I am sure you are not surprised over. I once, in a fit of fury, emailed a scathing report about a surgeon (the chief of our surgery department) who put in a catheter UPSIDE down….and refused to fix it when I pointed it out to him, so in the email I called him “frick and frack”. The email was meant for one person only, but they sent it on….and it got to the surgeon who put the catheter in!!!!
                      Horrible, horrible me. I was mortified once I got the steam out of my nostrils. A bad knee jerk reaction.
                      He wrote a three page letter to the hospital about me telling them I had to be fired. As I am ‘untouchable’ the hospital told him they couldn’t fire me over that. Ok, my BIG BAD and I learned my lesson on emailing sensitive stuff (and calling people rude names, I was FURIOUS with this man as the catheter didn’t work and he put that child through surgery for nothing), but in general I do believe in documenting communication because verbal just goes in one ear and out the other. As you see, I am a verbose communicator….whether it be comments or email…too much stuff in my head! Plus I love to write!
                      Do you use a thesaurus with REAL words in it? Not the simple words but the real cool meaty ones? If you do would you share your link? I am sick of looking up words and having simple two syllable choices. What has happened to the thesaurus these days?

                    • Same thing here, except not quite so bad. I either am chastised for sending TOO much in the email, cc:ing TOO many people, cc:ing too FEW people, or cc:ing …the WRONG people! Ah, those email threads…..wisps of Time that trace your digital runes! Yes, sometimes a regular thesaurus on my desk. Found it at a garage sale. Well worn, well used. Speaks to me…except when my cat sits on it and wants attention to be directed to HER! πŸ™‚ And of course… is very cool!

                    • gimpet says:

                      MEE TOO! I swear I only do right when I do what I think it WRONG!
                      I use but I never find the really great words one used to find in thesaurus. Its like I need to find an old thesaurus for the good juicy ones as it has all been dumbed down so much. I see this complaint a lot on the internet. Unless I just am not searching well enough on the site. At least you USE a thesaurus, I thought you had achieved god-like status and just knew all of those lovely words you use in your pieces. Now I don’t feel quite so inferior. Sometimes I feel like Im Calvin and YOU are Hobbs.

                    • Garage sales! Thrift Stores! Second Hand book stores! GREAT places for books anyways, even better for dictionaries and their ilk! I get ideas, thoughts, stories and double-check and no, I am not a walking thesaurus…… I cycle! πŸ™‚ Never, EVER feel inferior, no matter what. Seriously. No one should. Not on my watch….. digital or analog! πŸ™‚

                    • gimpet says:

                      Ok, I will one. My idea of shopping, all I ever have time for, sigh.
                      You are right, sometimes I look at your stuff and think I will never ever ever be that good but I should instead take it as INSPIRATION. And I do, but every now and then I feel life caving in and inspiration just feels a little tired and dog eared. This sounds really stupid but I have now and then read your stuff and found tears falling, partly because it is so beautiful and partly because I feel so inadequate. All my wasted time is catching up with me and now I think my red wine is making me maudlin. LOL, you will get a bunch of tipsy comments from me tonight.

                    • That is really touching! I have gone back to read some previous poems of mine, and I wonder….did I really write that? And then I wonder … how the heck did I do that? No such thing as wasted time – every moment defines us, no matter what we do with it.

                    • gimpet says:

                      Wow was I not feeling sorry for myself or what? Pity party for sure. Great sentence, (Every moment defines us, no matter what we do with it) a good quote actually. I am borrowing it to put on my blog. I will of course reference you! There is great truth to it, insightful and in it, it holds a warning as well.

                    • And another…Know Thyself. Perhaps the best advice of all. All kinds of meanings throughout the ages, each interesting.

                    • gimpet says:

                      Yes, one of my favorites. The philosophy and psychology of self awareness are important stepping stones to….self confidence!

      • gimpet says:

        OH, thank you for the read! I very much enjoy quotes, and like to make them up when the inspiration hits me (I even have a My Quotes page), so I very much enjoyed this. You are a fount of knowledge and inspiration!

        • I seem to have a compulsion towards …quotes. Food fairs in malls often have free ‘newsletters’ with oodles of quotes as filler! As far as I am concerned, the quotes ARE the newsletter, so I always grab them .. with my cup of coffee too! πŸ™‚

          • gimpet says:

            Funny! I like to make them up. Apparently I have done this since a child. My parents used to call them “profound statements”. I find quotes fascinating but I dont study them like you do. In some ways quotes are like poetry, an original deep (serious or funny)thought expressed in a sentence or two. My favorite quirky quote is: ‘imperfections are the dimples on the face of life’ πŸ™‚

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