There hasn’t been much time to spare recently, but the book From the Mountains to the Sea is selling steadily, the launch went well and I’m now arranging readings in 2020. Combining poems with photographs seems to work well. I now have to consider a follow up which means when we go walking Les needs to be aware of sights that are inspiring me so that he can take an appropriate photograph.
A dear friend of mine died recently and I will be reading the following at her funeral – two poems that were chosen by her. Appropriately they are on friendship and love.
Life is nothing without friendship.
A listening ear can be a lifeline,
an anchor and a means of hope.
Without friendship, life is diminished
desiccated. When found, that special
relationship restores, inspires.
Holding another’s life in mind with care
and understanding, makes for
a strong friendship, valued and rare.
Cherish all loving friendships now
and forever, with much love, hope
for them lasting many years to come.
doubt always there,
of what lies ahead,
what faces us beyond
that final curtain.
When we face the end,
will we see and know
beyond that cloud
Live for the now.
Of the present we are sure.
Though our lives will end,
love will endure.
A death at this time of the year always seems even more poignant. Possibly because it’s a time when we hope to get together with family and friends so losing one seems particularly hard.
Losing someone we are close to makes us more conscious of the importance of living every day to the full and valuing all friendships and relationships rather than taking them for granted. Valuing too the ability to do whatever we can – however trivial that might seem. Taking a walk through a wood and seeing beauty in fungi for instance …