Today in Melbourne was one of those glorious days when the sun was shining and the perfumed spring blossoms made the world feel alive and full of promise. Yet despite all that my well felt dry. How can the world feel so gray when all around the sky is blue?
Then out of the blue a girlfriend rang, shifting my focus, forcing me to take a step back. She shook me out of my down mood and helped me realise that I have some of the best things in life. Despite my sadness and a heavy heart, a feeling of being utterly drained and a lack of motivation (even for writing and reading lately) she reminded me of what I have.
They’re all free and they’re right in front of me.
I have them all.
So I stopped and I focused. And I looked up … and within my small world my favorite lemon scented gum tree suddenly towered like a guardian in my backyard. Later in the afternoon I went out and photographed my daughter on her horse.
And this short poem was born.
Like a towering trunk that stretches to the sky
and the blossoms that whisper to an evening mist.
chattering birds that sing and soar up high
and a long fulfilled lovers kiss.
Like the eye of a steed
that sees into the soul
a reflection of ourselves in need
to make us whole.
Hope in all of its forms
in nature, beast and flower
a friend and kind word
to strengthen and empower.
No longer dry
is the well and my cup
so long as love lives on
there’s hope in looking up.
Sometimes all it takes is a step back and a look upwards to realise there’s always something to be grateful for. No matter how little or how big. Shifting the focus and having the right attitude helps everything fall into place.
Tomorrow, as well as giving more hugs to the people around me, I think I need to go out and give my lemon scented gum tree a big hug.
May we all live in hope and light whenever days seem less than bright.
And may we continue to enjoy the journey, whatever road and path we’re on and whoever we’re with.