Nicole Grace’s “One Note” is a sensory exploration of contemplation, alive with natural and meditative imagery. The interconnection and oneness carried in the singular Om is ever-present and evident in “One Note”, and Nicole Grace’s poem feels like akin to mantra, instead of only lines of poetry. It reminds us that prayer and poems are oftentimes inseparable.
One Note pine cones breathe quietly in a spring gust rain drops ring at the ocean a universe of tiny bells a truck croons his story thick and heavy on a distant road in the heart of every sound is only the one note one hum hummed by every thought and hummed in the humming between thoughts a song you sing by being. Can you be still enough to remember such sweetness? To be yourself such harmony?
Nicole Grace is a spiritual teacher and author of four award-winning books, including poetry collections The Temple and Bodhisattva. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Wild Roof Journal, The Hopper, The Closed Eye Open, Tiny Seed Journal and Pensive. She loves to visit the cathedral of wild nature, and is grateful to live close enough to the Pacific Ocean to hear it roar under a full moon.