There is peace here

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There are moments when one is at peace
driving along a busy road
where sound is not noise
where society is a welcome sight
a reminder that life is simple.

Saw a man sitting on a bench
on a train platform teeming with life
He had headphones on and a book to read
cocooned within an invisible sphere
Perhaps it’s imagined or a wish
but you look protected from the world
even as you were within it
On that platform there was stillness
that’s missing from this world
in the aftermath of all the stories
of violent deaths and despair.

Simplicity does not seem possible
quiet persists in eluding us
but one could only see from one’s eyes
what the world is made of
but what do I know?

~ FlorenceT

 

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To say goodbyes

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To say goodbyes

I learned to say goodbyes
quick and short
with a cheery countenance,
Refusing to dwell in
the heartbreaks
each farewell always bring.

I learned to hope, to dream
anticipate
bright futures coming true,
Bracing a little, watchful
believing
love will conquer much.

I learned to sleep alone
warm and safe
my imagination on,
Within the crook of your arms
the promise of
greeting another dawn.

~ FlorenceT

 

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Hope remains #Haiku Challenge 162 @RonovanWrites

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RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 162 with prompt words – Hope, Stay

 

 

 what remains this day
storm battered and rain assailed
hope still unsurpassed.
~ FlorenceT

 

 

 

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A new dawn #writephoto

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In response to this photo prompt at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo:

 

Here is my contribution:

Insignificance
this human life –
atop a mountain
heralding victory
then the looming chill of
the shadow of the next,
but look to the sun
though casting shadows
its rays of warmth

always following;
The indomitable
human spirit –
at day’s end
wind swept and drenched,
rises to greet
a new dawn.

~ FlorenceT

 

 

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I hope, but I don’t think so?

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Hope gets me up in the morning. The forecast may be rain and the sky looks gloomy, yet I move on with the day, with a sense that it’s okay and it’ll be alright. ‘It’ encompasses much – relationships with loved ones and friends, personal and professional lives, the present and the future.

Hope keeps me going forward into an uncertain future, for none truly knows what that will hold except it will be different from the vision we have in our minds. Yet it is this vision that speaks of the intangible essence of hope. I still have an idea of what tomorrow will bring. That there is a tomorrow and it will be sunny in one form or another.

Hope is usually unspoken and often taken for granted. It is not measurable – though many of us would have heard of the ‘hope’ of making it big, being successful, being famous, of scaling Mt Everest… well, they are more aspirations than hope.

Hope is way more powerful than the mere attainment of goals.

Hope springs from our heart, the feeling of right-ness in the world in spite of its incomprehensible and reprehensible minutiae. It is the glimmer of light behind every cloud. Though we can’t see it now, we know it’s there. It is what underlies the belief that we can always start over, that we have the capacity to begin afresh. That at worse, no matter what happens, we will survive.

Then there are times when our minds, the greatest trickster, say “nah, I don’t think so”. We think it is impossible, too hard and unlikely to happen, too good to be true, too easy to be real…

Our rational minds, with memories of yesteryears collated and constructed into stories we can accept so our hearts, our psyche can no longer be threatened or broken. We make do. We settle. We lose hope and for some, hope is lost entirely. When our thoughts subsumed our hope and we no longer believe that it’ll be alright, then there is no point getting up in the morning. The dark clouds look like menacing monsters approaching; they feel like a persisting unbearable weight. There can be no glimmer of light behind that. This is the best it will ever get, and it ain’t pretty.

In as much as hope is a feeling from the heart, a deep sense of our belonging to this evolving world, it is also a practice of not letting the mind take over, of not allowing our minds default to the ugliness (as I call it) of life.

Increasingly, we are exposed to the underbelly of our world; the media’s choice of news based on fear and negativity, and sensationalised. In this climate, it is no wonder we are more likely to say “nah, I don’t think so” than “it’ll be alright”.

So, the choice is ours – to re-negotiate what we expose ourselves to and to redress the imbalance. The choice to read of wars and deaths and to practice gratitude, to decry and stand up against injustices and to show empathy and compassion, to expand our intellect and to reach into our hearts, to see each of our experience now in the long continuum of human existence, insignificant yet impactful.

What choice will you make? Does your voice contribute to the maintenance of hope?

 

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.      ~ Lin Yutang

 

~ FlorenceT

 

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Hold… onto my hands

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mauve leaves

Hold onto my hands, dear
I will not let you falter
And should you need a rest
Among the eucalypt trees
Let us take in the scene
Of beauty and breathe

Hold onto my hands, dear
You will never be alone
There will be thoughts and wishes
To keep you company
Love and care to guide your sleep
Remember, never alone

Hold onto my hands, dear
Almost to the mountain top
Looking across the southern seas
You may let go then
My hands but not my heart
Stand, beside me forever.

– FlorenceT

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