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.  


  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

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

  3. goodness me...I'm sitting here in awe of these beautiful heartfelt words. I 100% agree with 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 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

  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.

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

  6. What an absolutely beautiful poem♥

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

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

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

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

    Inca xx

  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

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

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

  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

  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.