I am taking a course to help my writing. Today it focused on poetry, something I dabble in but am not great in. But I was taken back by the samples of poems we studied and how very sad they all were. Then the other people in the class also seemed a bit sad but loved the sadness of the poem. I was confused. The leader of the class wanted us to focus on gratitude and how we wrote about being grateful.
I understand that for some that may be difficult but for me, I just look up and around at all the beauty around us and am very grateful. Yes, there is ugliness all around as well but I think if we look more intently, we can see more beauty than ugly. I also understand that I am now safe and comfortable but I do know what it is to suffer, to be oppressed and to be the victim of abuse. I just chose to look past that and am blessed in being able to be at a point in my life where I can be grateful.
For homework, we had to write a poem about what draws us to write. So while we all have a life to live, I wrote about the beauty life can be. And thought I would share my poem with you.
Ode to Life
I step out the door, take in a breath and listen to the energy of life
The force of it comes wielding our way like a sharp unstoppable knife
I close my eyes, taking in the smells as they deftly assault my nose
Fresh mown grass and lavender compete with the sweet red rose
The tinkling of the wind chime is what I hear first
Then the hawk calls out with her shrill short burst
The bees hum softly while quenching their thirst
And birds at the feeder are fighting to be first
Life is shared on all of creation, a gift with love that is never easy
Some parts are harder than others and some parts can make us queasy
But each part has its own beauty, a beauty we find hard to see
For it is the creator intension that we should all live free
When life gets hard, we want to back away
Confrontation, not something we want to stay
But confrontations now will make us strong
Giving us wisdom to survive the throng
So come let us step outdoors, breathing in this beautiful life
Understanding some days are good and some are fully strife
If we focus more on the good, our faces will begin to smile
And the beauty of life around us will help us conquer this trial.
In all of life remember the power and beauty of being kind. That in itself is a gift.