I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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3 August 2017

My Soul Says to My Heart:

Yes, there are horrors going on in the world.

Keep picking up the litter. Turn off the tap.
Gaze at trees where you find them;
touch them if possible.
Drink the sky.

Live now. Do the thing you can.
It is true that people kill people. It is true 
that our governments respond
with their own versions of terror. And 
it is true we are not being told the truth.

So sign a petition, or march, or even 
write a poem. Dream of another country
where there is peace and freedom. Dream
that you have the means to move,
and would be made welcome. Meanwhile….

Go outside. Find a flower or a leaf or
a blade of grass. They will not always
be common. Look at it, stroke it,
breathe its scent.

There is not much time. Get on with it!


24 comments:

  1. Excellent...thought and expression

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  2. Yes. Thank you. I just finished reading Human Trafficking poems which were hard and necessary. In a way, though, this poem fits right in. Blessed be.

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  3. "Meanwhile….

    Go outside. Find a flower or a leaf or
    a blade of grass."

    Perfect.

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  4. I try to do as this poem advises, appreciate the beauty that is Now, in the midst of all the other stuff. I LOVE this poem!

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  5. Crazy world, isn't it? But for this while let us escape to the beauties of it,

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  6. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh ... Yessssssssssssssss ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  7. PERFECT ADVICE! and how i am trying to live now.

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  8. So true, Rosemary. We have to do what we can....and then continue to live in the best way we can.

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  9. I really love the simple and directness of the poet's voice here: to live wisely, time is very short.

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  10. It's the only way.. do something about it now or commune with nature and recharge and maybe do something at another time... love the tone of the poem.

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  11. This is absolutely stunning, Rosemaryđź’– and just what I needed with my coffee this evening! Beautifully executed.đź’–

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  12. Just walked back from the beach and saw some rainbow lorikeets feeding on the grass, sweet little tots running about on the sand, and a couple of people smiled at me....fish and chips for dinner,...Hey how good is that! Nice poem.

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  13. a directive to live now in the moment with an apocalyptic shadow hanging over the blade of grass - dramatic and underplayed - well said and done

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  14. I just can't believe that here in Australia the government and overseas developers are hell bent at destroying so much valuable country and sea for short term profit, most of which will go overseas. This will be at the coat of the Great Barrier Reef, our unique wildlife and our pristine envionment. We just have to keep on shouting!

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  15. Wise words, Rosemary. Enjoy your day

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  16. Yes, indeed i luv the wisdom of these poetic lines and especially

    "Go outside. Find a flower or a leaf or
    a blade of grass. They will not always
    be common. Look at it, stroke it,
    breathe its scent."

    which i think calls to the haiku spirit

    Happy Sunday

    much love...

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  17. Loved this one before - Love this one still ... Ahhhhhhh ... yes!!!

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  18. We went on a kayak float on a still river and the birdsong is my counterpoint to the news.

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  19. Indeed. Being in the moment is so much easier in nature. Let's enjoy it still, while we can.

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  20. I cling to all that is good in the midst of all that isn't. This says it well.

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  21. I loved these wise words, wonderfully rendered. Even as we are inundated with daily 6 o'clock news horrors, we must remind ourselves to keep-on keeping-on. As baseball coach Yogi Berra once famously said: 'It ain't over 'til it's over'. Smiles.

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  22. Believe in the good and always touch nature in some way every day. Oh my yes!

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  23. Monday WRites #117 is live, i invite you to link in

    much love...

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