Sunday, 11 October 2020

Bertie reflects on the first snow of winter


A Transient Delight

The path I tread right now is rough, unclear,
Dark clouds loom over all that I hold dear.
Although my body has not failed me yet,
And on I bounce, no obvious cause to fret,
Inside me grows a mass, malignant, cruel,
And laughs at me for being such a fool.

A fool to think that things would never change,
That ever onwards I would gaily range
Across this damp, expansive, Northern land,
At once inspiring, peaceful, wild, and grand. 
Should I feel grateful to have known the feel,
Of happiness, of life lived free and real?

I look ahead and see a mountain capped
With freshly fallen snow. I sit down, rapt, 
And contemplate the thin veneer of white.
Such unexpected, transient delight. 
Just hours later, melted clean away,
Like us, its time on earth too short a stay.  


16 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    OMD - darling Bertie (and Gail) I have just read this aloud to Mac1 and the Father and we are all in agreement - this needs to be printed in POTB - get it submitted (I know a little late, but connections y'ken!) This is a stunning poem, up there with any of the classics and I kid you not.

    Remember, all poems (including Wordsworth's and Keats and any other you care to name) began from a personal insight such as this.

    Bravo and brava my darling pals!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  2. What a beautiful poem, Bertie. Our time on earth is indeed too short.

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  3. Gail....my goodness me...I'm sitting here in awe of these beautiful heartfelt words. I 100% agree with YAM...it needs to be printed. Not sure what POTB is but yes see to it that the world reads this.
    Bertie darling I am thankful you feel good and are taking bouncy steps into each day...as I have read so many times the PRESENT is a present and we must thoroughly enjoy each moment. Sending loving hugs to you and Gail
    Cecilia

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  4. Bertie, that is the perfect poem. Lady read it to us and we are amazed with how well you captures life and your place in the journey right now.

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  5. There just aren't the right words to say how beautiful this is..๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ

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  6. What an absolutely beautiful poem♥

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  7. That is a beautiful poem--full of wisdom.

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  8. Bertie, that was beautiful, sad, and life affirming.

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  9. OMD, Bertie, that poem was magical my furiend! I fursure agree with YAM-Aunty, it needs to be submitted! ♥♥
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  10. That's a beautiful, poignant poem, Bertie. YAM-aunty is right - it's worthy of a much wider audience.

    Love,
    Inca xx

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  11. Your poem is so beautiful and especially poignant---and I will remember it in the days ahead, as we try to gain perspective without our friend Kiki. It is a comfort. Thank you for your kind words to us. All the best to your and Bertie.

    Rosie and Lesley

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  12. I could not have expressed myself as eloquently as did Foley Monster.

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  13. What a most wonderful poem Bertie, so heartfelt and true!

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  14. Your poem made us sad as we reflect on all its meaning holds, but it is so beautifully expressed. Hugs.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  15. You captured my heart with this poem. It is so hard knowing that time is short. But, I know that you both will make the best of it that you can. Your bond and love knows no end.

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