As the summer comes to a close
Its pages leaf to a fall
The little girl sleeps in her crib
Protected by frayed walls
Her caregiver hums a sullen tune
As the wind whistles from afar
Blowing the branches off weary trees
And carrying along a lonely lark
It flew a great distance from its home
Hoping for shelter from the mighty wind
Standing patiently on the window sill
The small bird began to sing
A priceless gift on such an eve
A lulling harmony for a sleeping babe
Fleeting as it often is
For it disappeared behind the moving drapes
With the summer idleness now past and gone
All must start their lives once more
As the caring givers protect their young
And the lost birds learn to soar
The Daily Post’s prompt “Priceless”
The purest of loves
Is untarnished by people
Been holding me close
For years it has grown
So deep within it branches
A softness, a peace
Its safety has provided
It is mine alone
Impossible to deny
Falling back on it
This love shall always protect
(Wednesday 19th April – Tuesday 25th April)
- Each week I will post one word that will serve as an inspiration for a poem.
- This poem can be of any form and any length.
- You can choose to use the actual word in your poem or a synonym or simply convey its meaning, that’s up to you.
- Copy URL of your post to the comment section OR Pin Back (preferably).
- You can also contribute a word to the challenge, and I will link it to your blog the following week.
A few months ago I chose to quit my job for a better opportunity. Unfortunately, that opportunity didn’t work out and I ended up being unemployed instead. For months I regretted my decision, convincing myself that I shouldn’t have taken the risk, that I was fine where I was.
My choice was based on a foundation of stress, so maybe if I had pushed through it the result would have been different. But the truth is you can’t undo life-altering choices, because they are what make your life. The small daily unconscious choices, along with the monumental decisions, they make up the days we spend on this Earth. Sounds obvious doesn’t it. Yet quite often we forget the reasons behind our choices, because we’re blind to the effects they will have on our future.
Back to my example. At first I perceived my unemployment as a failure, but now I realize that it has been a true blessing. During this free time, unburdened by the stress of a full-time position, I was able to relax. I dedicated time to my hobbies, took care of my health, engaged in new activities, met different people and gained some perspective. In the end, it was my choice that brought me to where I am today and for the first time in almost a decade, I can honestly say I understand what it means to be calm.