Where, oh, where does the sky begin?

It is as hard to define as ‘success,’ or ‘sin!’

These abstract nouns do my head right in!

Maybe the sky starts next to the ground,

Maybe I’ve been wandering around,

For so very many years

With my head in the clouds…


Where, oh, where does love begin?

And when, or where, does it end?

Is it a word to apply when I need a friend?

Love comes in three separate types, I’m told,

Each one as rare and as precious as gold.

But less often and fewer,

For those who are old.

This is no country for old men,



It is strange how much I have come to rely,

On words which, themselves, are so hard to define,

On things so difficult to quantify,

Like undying love

And a bright blue sky.



◄ The Bottom Line

Healing ►


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John Botterill

Sat 27th May 2023 20:45

Thanks, Clare, for your lovely comments. It means a lot to me! 😀🌷

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Sat 27th May 2023 10:14

Love this!💕 You have broached the questions I often find myself pondering on. Your writing is such a joy to read 🌻

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John Botterill

Sat 27th May 2023 08:33

Thanks, Matilda, for your thoughtful comments. Much appreciated. 😀

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Matilda Simakaj

Fri 26th May 2023 07:54

All revelations have started from minds of people who wondered! !!
Relying on what we see without questioning is like religion forced upon people. Finding answers by ourself brings forth new paths to discover.
Thank you for wondering!

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John Botterill

Thu 25th May 2023 22:30

Thanks so much for your praise, Manish. Always appreciated! (and deserved!)
Thanks Kevin. My tongue is often in my cheek, it's true!
Thanks, Helene, the queries are genuine. There's a lot I don't know!
Thanks, Stephen. Love the Fawlty Towers reference. "Let me explain this to you..."

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 25th May 2023 22:03

I love the way you use rhyme without it ever seeming forced, John.

What did Basil Fawlty say? 'You can see the sea. It's over there between the land and the sky'.

Which is ok if we know where the sky starts....

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Thu 25th May 2023 16:08

Awesome poem, John. The rhythm and the queries are wonderful. And the sky vast.

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Kevin Tan

Thu 25th May 2023 15:13

Yeah. The lightheartedness is amazing. Congrats!

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Manish Singh Rajput

Thu 25th May 2023 15:09

Wow, just wow. You are a brilliant poet, John B. I loved this one, questions of a free thinker, nature's answers and consolation, experiences and insights of a man on "lives of old men". I'm turning into a fanboy, my friend!!
Thank you for this.

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