In this life…

 

 

In this life of complex order and sequence

Is a simplicity and fragility that is there to guide us.

We must value the moment we hold in our hands

Take it and treasure it and place it in our conscious mind.

 

In this life of uncertainty and fragmented disenchantment

we must honour the souls of the ones that came before us

So that that our own endeavours however meagre and small

Will have dignity and connection in their labour and toil.

 

We must appreciate the moments of beauty and bounty

And be humble and honest and have integrity.

Lest all that we know should be gone tomorrow

In this life of tragedy and human sorrow.

 

Alison Jean Hankinson

Whilst I wrote this on Saturday it was entirely with the sentiments of d’Verse poetics challenge that was looking for poems to save the soul….and I think we have suffered greatly in the last few weeks with the attacks on London and Manchester and I wanted to peel back the layers to what is still important and will always be important.

Today was a very blustery day….a pooh bear kind of day, and so long as we remember to feel the wind on our face and acknowledge it for what it is we are still clearly alive and functioning.

 

 

Author: alisonhankinson

I am a school teacher and a mum and a red cosmic skywalker, and sometimes a netball coach...but beneath it all I am a writer...

15 thoughts on “In this life…”

  1. Definitely a soul-saving poem, Alison, and you’ve certainly pulled back the layers. I think we all need Pooh bear days – he’s a philosophical kind of bear. That’s particularly good advice in the lines:
    ‘We must value the moment we hold in our hands
    Take it and treasure it and place it in our conscious mind’
    and
    ‘We must appreciate the moments of beauty and bounty
    And be humble and honest and have integrity’.

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  2. Yes, embracing the small things. I have a friend who, after her divorce, when she was hurting, went for a walk and took a picture every day of something she found that was beautiful, then posted it on Facebook. Those small things got her through. Thanks for this reminder, Alison

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  3. Late to my reading…..grandchildren days 🙂 Home now and back in the groove.
    While I really liked the poem, I must admit, I was smitten by a few words you wrote in your explanation….
    it’s a pooh bear kind of day 🙂 Have nver heard that expression and it made me smile…I do remember the illustrations of Christopher Robin and Pooh on blustery days…may we all bend a little in our blustery winds! 🙂

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