Coping with peace

 

They ask how am I coping in

these times of isolation, though

the world turns on its axis, so

nothing I do can change the spin

nor stop the rain, take out the pin

that keeps our orbit round the sun

till all of time and tides are done,

but I would keep this peace that falls,

the quiet of the bird that calls,

the certainty of river run.

 

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

47 thoughts on “Coping with peace”

  1. ” I would keep this peace that falls,

    the quiet of the bird that calls,

    the certainty of river run.” – may you be granted all the strength to achieve this.

    1. It’s not a lot to have to cope with really. I feel guilty about wingeing. Having gone from no cars passing at all, we’re seeing about a dozen go past in the afternoon, people rediscovering their wheels. A few will be legitimately going to and from work, but others are just going to town to buy a loaf of bread because now they can. Back to normal.

      1. Yeah.
        When you see pictures of people without mask and throwing social distancing away to celebrate their “freedom” to drink, one would think the “collateral”damage of threat of hundreds of thousands death is just an illusion and just a stepping stone for a con man’s reelection bid.

      2. The stories about the school kids going back made me laugh, how they all behaved themselves, wore their masks at school, only half a class, social distancing, no proper ‘play time’. And after school they all took their masks off and grouped together in the street outside to discuss how school had gone. Why do they bother? The trouble there has been organising this!

      3. If people wants the freedom to die, I have no objection as long as their freedom does not encroach on my freedom to live.
        I do agree that it’s a tough balancing act between death by COVID and death by starvation when in the background the politics of reelection is being orchestrated. What is difficult for me to understand is how social drinking becomes a essential necessity for a population hurting economically.

      4. None of the crowd activities are essential. Sports fixtures, music concerts, bars, restaurants, mass shopping, mass tourism. Yet we’ll carry on doing it. Those with the means anyway. The rest of us will just roll our eyes.

    1. It is sad. So many people were getting hopeful that we would get used to having wildlife around, hearing birds instead of traffic, but they’d always rather have the ‘old’ ways back.

  2. Those last lines are beautiful, and I would keep that, too. Nature goes on, and there is comfort there.
    I’m more anxious about the “return” than I am about staying at home.

    1. Thank you 🙂 A lot of people feel the same way about going back to the old noisy, dirty, possibly contaminated outside. Tomorrow will be the first shopping day since the lockdown eased up. The only difference I think will be that we won’t need a written permit to be outside. Other than that, the same rules apply.

  3. Yes, it would be wonderful if we could keep the peace that is in nature now. Australia seems hell bent on ‘getting back to normal’ immediately. I think I will stay home and wait and see.

    1. I wonder how many decades it will take the animal population to ‘get back to normal’ after the fires? Apart from a few friendly dogs and compassionate humans, what are the authorities doing?

  4. I agree with Merril—theres no plan for containing the virus under “normal”, nor is our government willing to help those who need it. It’s going to be chaos.

    Nature has just shown us what we need to do to rebalance. But most are neither looking nor listening. (K)

    1. A couple of springs ago the municipality ‘widened’ the lane by spreading gravel along the edges. Since there isn’t any need for it to be wider than one car, the edges with their new gravel are gradually disappearing as grass and flowers creep back to reestablish the ‘natural’ roadway, one car wide. No doubt someone will notice one day and come back and make the necessary adjustments.

  5. For All Desire
    Now Of Social
    Touch Happy
    i am The Rest
    Of Nature Breathes
    Easier Without Human
    Touch For We
    Are That
    Nature
    Already
    Forgotten Cold
    WarM HeARTS SPRinG🤗
    Happy Belated
    Mother’s
    Day
    Dear Jane
    Irish Eyes
    Twice
    Removed
    Still Smile
    Just a Bit
    Farther
    Away
    From
    France And
    Germany
    Too The USA
    Is Getting
    Old
    Yet
    Grass
    Greens More..
    Further My
    Roots From
    Nigeria and
    Southeast
    Asia
    Gotta
    Love 23
    And me Too..;)

    1. Happy
      mothers are
      sometimes
      and they also bear
      the most pain
      their roots spread
      know no barriers
      no boundaries
      and for that there is no limit
      to what they can bear.

      1. SMiles For what a Mother
        Will Bear Surely Guarding
        The Gates of
        Hell Unafraid
        To Hold
        Or Let Go
        Saviors Of
        Love always
        Only A Trump
        Story Will
        Believe
        A Man
        Alone
        Will Save Love
        Or Even Breathe
        It
        In
        That
        Case of
        Living 💀 Death

      2. Men who believe
        men alone are capable of victory
        are the men
        like Genghis Khan and Trump
        who ride roughshod over the world
        and destroy not build
        kill not save.

      3. Only Sons of
        Lies Only
        Son of Lies
        They Do They Orange
        Still Do Smiles The
        Younger Generations
        See Further
        Than
        Donkey Rear
        Fears And Other
        Ignorance Spelling Lies

      4. A lie is something that is not true
        A son is the male child of his parents
        An orange is an orange.
        Put them together and you get
        a lying son of an orange.

      5. ‘Lying Son Of An Orange’
        Considering An Original
        Greek Definition of
        ‘Son’ Means ‘Nature
        Of’ It Seems
        There Are
        Many
        Minion
        Sons of Trump
        And Church The Same…
        i Still Find It So
        Fascinating How
        Trump Reflects
        All of What An
        Old Testament
        God Still
        Is Now
        As Practice
        Of Their Newest
        ‘Star Quarterback’ too…
        Humans Ironically False..
        They Make
        Writer’s
        Block
        Impossible
        Spreading
        Dark
        Muse
        ‘Fertilizer
        More than i
        Will possibly Breathe..;)

      6. Disinfect Lane
        Fifth Avenue
        They All Lead
        To Minions
        Who
        Continue
        To Create
        This Roach
        Motel Nightmare
        In Broad Daylight
        They Can’t See
        The Dictator’s Clothes
        It Does’t Matter
        They
        Will
        Choose
        Another
        Till they
        Become Extinct
        And Roaches
        Breathe Free..:)

      7. Back to biblical
        the plague of fire-breathing roaches—
        after the eight-legged money-grubbers
        before the storm
        of razor-toothed putrid oranges.

      8. IT’s True
        Color of
        Money
        iS Orange
        Revelation
        Penny wise
        Will Consume
        Children Next
        First or Last
        Born
        Matters
        Not
        With
        Elder Mud
        Mix Building Pharaoh
        T Taller Towers to Death

      9. Good News is Nature
        Of Love Bad NewS Old Transforming Someone
        Humble into A God to
        SupporT Old
        Testament
        Trump
        Old News
        Still in
        Human
        Archetype
        No Heroes
        Without Souls
        Villains Who Lead Cold

      10. Not gonna Lie
        Enjoy Studying
        Him butt much
        Safer for the
        Rest of
        The World
        Locked in
        His Penthouse-Custom-
        Built-Homemade-Orange-Zoo-Hair-Suit-Truly-
        Not-Suitable
        For Civilized
        Public Safest
        Consumption
        Haha Butt
        Neither
        Am i
        Just
        Another
        EartH Animal
        WitH A Soul..;)

      11. So True what Separates
        Humans Most From
        Other Animals
        Is Diluting
        Souls
        With
        Lost Heart
        Beats Feeling Light
        With No Time
        Distance
        Space
        In Illusion
        Of Matter
        Future Past Now
        True.. So Many
        Humans
        Don’t
        Breathe
        Or Realize
        They Are Truly Dead…
        Reborn As Other Animals
        Breathe Now
        Humans
        May
        Come
        Living Again
        Breathing Soul too..
        Greatest Miracle
        For those
        With
        Trump
        Clothes
        First SoUL EVeR..
        Trump does Make
        An Excellent
        Tool
        To
        Show
        What Soul
        Is Not perhaps
        He Will Always
        Be Remembered
        This Way As Just
        Another Adolph
        What A Hell
        Of A Legacy
        He Breeds
        And
        Leaves
        But True
        We Do Use
        Examples
        For
        What
        Is Not
        To See What Is
        Little Ironies
        Of
        Life
        Sour Sweet
        Night’s
        Day
        Dark’s Light
        i Endure the
        TRaGi-Comedy
        Cheshire-Cat-SMiLes…

  6. The content and the form make delightful sound. Despite the fact that it’s disease, there have been some benefits. We could learn from these. We could learn the rewards in life from living smaller (materially speaking). I guess we won’t. Sigh.

    1. There are so many diseases around, I’m afraid I’ve got bored with this one. Not the taking of precautions not to catch it, just hearing commentators talking about it, people griping about it all the time. We won’t learn anything, I expect. Just make up for lost spending time.

  7. Parody-Free-Verse-Poem-Bonus:

    by little old me in A Hairy-Meat-Suit too…

    SMiles For what a Mother Will Bear Surely Guarding The Gates of Hell Unafraid To Hold Or
    Let Go Saviors Of Love always Only A Trump Story Will Believe A Man Alone Will Save Love
    Or Even Breathe It In That Case of Living Death… Only Sons of Lies Only Son of Lies They Do
    They Orange Still Do Smiles The Younger Generations See Further Than Donkey Rear Fears
    And Other Ignorance Spelling Lies… ‘Lying Son OF An Orange’ Considering An Original Greek Definition of‘Son’ Means ‘Nature Of’ It Seems There Are Many Minion Sons of Trump And Church The Same…mi Still Find It So Fascinating How Trump Reflects All of What An Old Testament God Still Is NowAs Practice Of ‘Their’ Newest ‘Star Quarterback’ too… Humans Ironically False.. They MakeWriter’s Block Impossible Spreading Dark Muse Fertilizer More
    than i Will possibly Breathe… Disinfect Lane Fifth Avenue They All Lead To Minions Who Continue To Create This Roach Motel Nightmare In Broad Daylight They Can’t See The
    Dictator’s Clothes It Doesn’t Matter They Will Choose Another Till they Become Extinct
    And Roaches Breathe Free… IT’s True Color of Money iS Orange.. Revelation Penny wise Will Consume Children Next.. First or Last Born Matters Not With Elder Mud Mix Building Pharaoh
    T Taller Towers to Death… Good News is Nature Of
    Love Bad NewS Old Transforming Someone
    Humble into A God to SupporT Old
    Testament Trump
    Old News
    Still in
    Human
    Archetype
    No Heroes
    Without Souls
    Villains Who Lead Cold…
    True ‘Dear Leader’ ExPoSinG A BiT
    More of ‘Gehenna’ Always NoW iN
    Twitter Breath Of Smaller Fish Never
    Reaching Full Mature Size… Not gonna Lie
    Enjoy Studying Him butt much Safer for the
    Rest of The World Locked in His Penthouse-Custom-
    Built-Homemade-Orange-Zoo- Hair-Suit-Truly- Not-Suitable
    For Civilized Public Safest Consumption Haha Butt Neither Am i
    Just Another EartH Animal WitH A Soul… Reborn As Other Animals
    BReATHE Now Humans May Come Living Again Breathing Soul too..
    Greatest Miracle For those With Trump Clothes First SoUL EVeR… So True
    What Separates Humans Most From Other Animals Is Diluting Souls With
    Lost Heart Beats Feeling Light With No Time Distance Space In illusion Of Matter
    Future Past Now True.. So Many Humans Don’t Breathe Or Realize They Are Truly Dead…
    Reborn As Other Animals
    BReATHE Now
    Humans
    May
    Come
    Living Again
    Breathing Soul too..
    Trump does Make
    An Excellent
    Tool
    To
    Show
    What Soul
    Is Not perhaps
    He Will Always
    Be Remembered
    This Way As Just
    Another Adolph
    What A Hell
    Of A Legacy
    He Breeds
    And
    Leaves
    But True
    We Do Use
    Examples
    For
    What
    Is Not
    To See What Is
    Little Ironies
    Of LiFE NoW
    Sour Sweet
    Night’s Day
    Dark’s Light
    i Endure the
    TRaGi-Comedy
    CHeSSHiRE-CaT-SMiLes…
    Thanks Jane From IreLand for All The Inspiration That comes
    From Your Words that Simply Flow Free And True for what You See too..:)

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