When you are scared, when you are sad, when you look for inspiration or reflection to give you hope or peace, a song or a poem can be the perfect medium to do just that, to lift you up and make you stronger. May you find the submissions of Wakefield poets, Mary Lou van Schaik and Ilse Turnsen, lift you up.
by Amy Schmidt, in memory of Mary Oliver
It’s impossible to be lonely
when you’re zesting an orange.
Scrape the soft rind once
and the whole room
fills with fruit.
Look around: you have
more than enough.
You just didn’t notice
With thanks to Mary Lou van Schaik
Equanimity Blessing by John O’Donohue
With the joy of the sea coming home to the shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call all things to dance,
May your gravitas be balanced by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline toward reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape that it’s in,
So free May you be to become who you are.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all that it names.
And may your prayer of listening deepen enough,
to hear in the depths the laughter of children!
With thanks to Ilse Turnsen
Spring, hides asleep beneath the white.
Joy suppressed , will reignite.
Optimism will take flight.
For now, we wait, and holding tight.
We hide neath down throughout the night.
My buried longing, a glowing ember.
Hope and songbirds I remember……. Submitted by author Jen Currie