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Constant connection



Once more I’ve left my cellphone at home
Once more I feel cut off from the world
I can’t reach out to my friends around the globe
I don’t know what’s happening in their world

We live such different lives now
Constant connection is what we have access to
If that’s what we want
I can talk to a friend across the ocean
As if she’s sitting by my side
I can ask her opinion
Or share a poem or a song

No wonder why I feel disconnected
From my friends
It’s amazing how technology
Has changed our lives

January 23rd, 2018

Missed connection


Holiday season
Missed airline connection

A different sort of connection
Impossible without the missed one
Sometimes the world seems to have
No rhyme or reason
Sometimes what seems random
Is actually not

I’m learning to take what comes
Try not to make a fuss
In every missed opportunity
Could be waiting
Another one

Never despair


January 15th, 2018


My bracelets



My bracelets

My bracelets
My connection to Iran
My connection to my childhood
My constant companions
Jewelry I got from my mom

They let you know when I’m near
They jingle as I move
My kids have played with them
When they were young

They have stayed with me
Throughout the years
Through the good and the hard times

I buy other bracelets
Thinking I’ll wear them sometime
But my golden bracelets
Are the ones that are constantly
On my arms

January 11th, 2018


Another mystery


I travel to meet people who are living a different life from mine

I enter their lives for a short time and having exchanged thoughts, ideas and feelings, I depart

Sometimes it will be years before I see the same people again

Sometimes I’ll never see them at all

It’s a short intense relationship
A connection of the hearts

And the fact that I won’t be with these friends for a while, seems not to matter
I don’t know why!

July 14, 2017


You need to extend a hand
Before someone takes your hand
There is risk involved
Courage is required
But almost always
If the intention is right
People are waiting for an extended hand
The barriers are mostly in our own minds
We create them and give them shape
Our insecurities get in the way
Most often, kindness begets kindness
A smile is returned with a smile
And beautiful connections are made
Because someone took the first step
And reached out

July 22nd 2016

Reflections on friendship

Sometimes I wonder how I’m friends with people
Who have such different lives from me
Where is the commonality?

Then I realize that underneath all the veneer
The different social roles that we have
The conditions we live in and
The experiences we’ve had
We all long for connection
Connection with someone who
Does not judge and understands
Someone you can talk to about anything
Someone with whom you can cry and laugh

And this connection is a soul connection
It’s based on something deep inside
It’s as if you are on the same wavelength
And if the other person is old or young
Wealthy or not, shares your religion or not
It matters not

In choosing my friends what I look for
Is kindness, compassion and an encouraging nature
Someone I can talk to about things that matter to both of us

We don’t have to agree on everything
We just need to respect one another’s point of view

So, my friend can be black or white or brown
Live in a different country than I
Their life experience can be totally different from mine
But when we look into each other’s eyes
There is understanding and love

We all want to be seen and heard
That’s the gift our friend gives us and
That’s what we give back in return

Friendship is about give and take
But one that leaves you happy,
Or inspired

March 7th, 2016

takes the cake

When things you thought would never come to pass, do!
When people you thought you would never hear from again
Reappear in your life
When friendships that started years ago can continue to grow
When I have a connection to my homeland I never thought I would

It becomes clear to me again that life
Is full of surprises, difficult and joyous
That things can change in an instant
For better or worse
That one never knows what lies ahead
That technology is bringing the world together
In amazing ways

So thrilled to be in touch with my classmates
So proud to know what they have achieved
So happy that we can still be silly and laugh
So wonderful that we don’t take ourselves too seriously

Life is full of unexpected turns
And this connection certainly takes the cake!

Lida Berghuis
November 4th, 2015