The Wonder

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Kicking through the moss
in the cooling evening air
I’m staring down the barrel
of a living Rivelin Valley

Crickets clicking in the tall grass 
bramble searching for a shin
I stoop to flick away
the tickle of a nettle
caught under my tongue

O, why could I not have felt this way
at twenty one
To know myself
my capabilities, my limitations
to feel this comfortable
in my own skin 
or in company
O, to have been at peace
at twenty one…

Now, I am humbled every day
by the wonder of this place…

The birds join each other and sing
contentedly, of a night that’s closing in
The faintest kiss of summer
still smacking on my skin

There’s such endless opportunity
in this undulating scenery
I throw my bare arms into the sky
thankfully and breathing deeply
High with every lungful
I’m still here and doing fine…

The journey takes whatever course it needs
meanders through required weeds
Arriving at the edge of town
a spray-painted billboard message greets me 
“There's no wealth but life” 
And I agree
there’s no wealth but life

I’m humbled every day
by the wonder of this place…
 

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Tom

Mon 3rd Jan 2022 10:58

Thanks Keith, much appreciated.

I feel this one is a bit scrappy, as it was written into my notebook over the course of a couple of walks around the edges of Sheffield. I'd have spent more time tidying it up but wanted to get it out before the end of the year. The 'there's no wealth but life' graffiti on a billboard towards the end of my walk was genuine and just seemed to slot perfectly in the poem I wanted to write. Wondrous indeed. 😃

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keith jeffries

Sun 2nd Jan 2022 23:09

A poem on the beauty of inner reflection in a natural setting. Powerful if not magnificent as so much is captured.
Thank you for this
Keith

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keith jeffries

Sun 2nd Jan 2022 23:09

A poem on the beauty of inner reflection in a natural setting. Powerful if not magnificent as so much is captured.
Thank you for this
Keith

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Tom

Sun 2nd Jan 2022 11:46

Thank you to John, Kishore, Stephen, Julie, Stephen, Holden, Brenda, John and Ursula for the likes - thanks so much for reading this little reverie.

Thanks Brenda, Stephen, Ursula and Holden for your lovely comments. I'm glad you connected with one. Brenda, I agree. I think experience is key to truly appreciating what you have. Our decisions and indecisions guide us down the path and we have to make the best of what we find along the way - and try our hardest to see the wonder in each small thing.

Happy new year all!

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Brenda Wells

Fri 31st Dec 2021 09:23

A lovely poem. I think that perhaps growing up and appreciating what we have in the world around us really does take a lifetime.

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Ursula O'Reilly

Thu 30th Dec 2021 17:52

Lovely poem. I agree with Holden's comment. Those lines
"The journey takes whatever course it needs; meanders through required weeds" are great, and a metaphor for life..

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Stephen Atkinson

Thu 30th Dec 2021 15:44

Wonder-ful as always, Tom.

Holden Moncrieff

Thu 30th Dec 2021 00:26

A beautiful and profound poem, Tom! I really loved the lines
"The journey takes whatever course it needs
meanders through required weeds" 🌷

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