Tag Archive | Poetry

Covid lessons

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These seem like the last few months of Covid if all goes well

Vaccinations are underway

Places are opening up

We can get together in our back yards

But things can change

The variants can cause some problems

We are not quite out of the woods yet

Nevertheless we see the light at the end of the tunnel

No matter how far that light is

At the same time, we are so used to doing things differently

That it will take time to move forward

This has been an interesting time

Working from home will be a reality now

Zoom meetings are here to stay

So much time and money will be saved

So much better for the environment

We will still go places

Being in the presence of others still has its reasons

But much more will be done online

We’ll be leaving these times behind

Realizing that our welfare depend on the welfare of others

That we should consider the needs of our neighbours 

That the world is shrinking in size and the countries need to cooperate

The more privileged ones need to come to the aid of the less privileged

Our world is one

We can’t think of ourselves in isolation any longer

Covid has had its heart aches

But it has taught us many things as well

June 16th 2021

Am I the only one?

I come home with what I think are 

Electric toothbrush heads

Only to discover the box contains a toothbrush as well

And I don’t need one

How did I make that mistake?

All I can tell you is that it’s not an isolated case

I’ve come home with a caramel chocolate slab

Instead of milk chocolate one

Chosen strawberry milk instead of chocolate milk

And the list goes on

Natasha asks me if I can read

Silly question of course but I get her point

Is it carelessness? 

Perhaps

The pictures on the packages and their location don’t help either 

I just hope I’m not the only person who makes these mistakes

June 4th, 2021

Peace of mind

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In life, somethings that we think are valuable

Are actually holding us hostage

The energy we put into acquiring them

And preserving them

Can be used better somewhere else

That expensive something that you want

Can put you in debt

Isn’t peace of mind more important?

And some beautiful things need a lot of maintenance

To keep them beautiful, to protect them

So these things we seek

Bring with them their own preoccupations

Simplicity costs less money and energy

Needs less maintenance

And it doesn’t weigh heavy on our shoulders

April 25th, 2021

Unpleasant tasks

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Certain jobs are unpleasant to do

I postpone them as long as I can

Then I postpone them some more

Organizing my tax papers

Calling the roofers

Or the contractor I need to call

All kinds of paperwork

Visiting the bank adviser

Gardening and especially weeding

These are the tasks I avoid

Is there a solution?

I don’t know

They say you can’t wait to feel like it before you start

You just set a time and do it whether you want to or not

Today is one of those days

And I’m postponing my tasks

It’s much more fun to read and write

But I’m an adult and sometimes

I need to do those unpleasant tasks that need to be done

April 6th, 2021

Reaching out

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The desire to communicate has always been strong in me

Communicating what I think and feel

Things that are not that unique

Things that are relatable 

Things others may have experienced as well

Or putting things in new ways

Sharing something they might not have paid attention to

The desire to reach out has always been strong

The need to create links with others 

Connect the hearts

Create a sense of unity 

Create bonds with shared realities

Celebrate life 

Reflect on the sad times

And share the lessons learned

The desire to reach out has always been strong

April 4th, 2021

A year like no other

Another season comes to a close

Another year wraps up

It was a year with many challenges

We were caught off guard all over the world

It was a year that showed us the world is one country 

And that we are interdependent 

It was a year of sorrow and heartache 

A year of the triumph of science

A year that showed us our world has many ailments and is need of a competent physician 

A year that told us that the world has grown weary and is in need of rejuvenation 

Our responsibilities are grave

We can’t wait for others

We must act

We must do our share to heal this ailing world of ours

Healing will come through love and the acknowledgment of our oneness

Healing will require compassion and justice

The road to recovery is long and arduous 

But we are on that road and we will arrive one day

March 18th, 2021

The writer’s canvas

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“A painter paints pictures on canvas

Musicians paint their pictures on silence”

A writer paints her picture on the tablet of the readers’s heart

Words are the paint

Some vibrant

Some subdued

Words are the paint

Sometimes splashed across the page in rage

Sometimes applied with gentleness 

Words are the paint

They create a masterpiece

From ordinary subjects

Words are the paint

The colours endless

Words are the paint

The pictures they paint bubble up

From the soul of the writer and

Mesmerize the observer

Words are the paint

The paining a reflection of the spirit of the writer 

March 16th, 2021 

My hopes for the spring

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The spring is returning

The snow is melting

The sun is shining

The birds are singing their song

Nature revives and

Birds return from their trips to warmer climes

I hope the ice of prejudice in our hears melts too

And we see each other as brothers and sisters

I hope the colour of our skin is seen a source of diversity

Not of separation and superiority 

I hope we focus on the wellbeing of others, not just our own

I hope our characters are beautified like the flowers that will bloom

I hope we educate our children morally as well as scientifically

I hope women are treated as equals with dignity and respect

I hope the darkness of prejudice, envy and greed 

Will give way to the light of the dawn

I hope flowers of justice, equality and trustworthiness will bloom

All I can do is to do may share, to play my part

To set lofty goals and serve my community

All I can do is to refine my character

To be diligent and conscientious

All I can do is practice moderation

Show respect and  be compassionate

This is all I can do

This is all we can do

To beautify the world

As this spring arrives

March 11th, 2021

An ocean of snow

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It’s an ocean of snow

Ripples in the snow are like gentle waves 

And amid this ocean of snow

Are standing you and I

Seemingly apart

Seemingly drowning in the white snowy landscape

But we are still standing tall

We have not given up

We are defying the odds

We have faith that spring will return

That the snow will melt

And that we will start our lives over again

February 2021