Sometimes Blessings

horse to water

Dragging a horse to water

A couple of poems this week that remind me of each other – one (Blessings) I read for the first time yesterday, the other (Sometimes) I’ve known for years and first saw in the UK in their poems on the Underground series. They both have a hopeful orientation, and see that things aren’t so bad after all.  And they are quirky and warm too. This is an antidote in an election campaign, and a good reminder  when there are difficult things abounding for some special people in my life. I send these poems to them.


Some days I find myself
putting my foot in
the same stream twice;
leading a horse to water
and making him drink.
I have a clue.
I can see the forest
for the trees.

All around me people
are making silk purses
out of sows’ ears,
getting blood from turnips,
building Rome in a day.
There’s a business
like show business.
There’s something new
under the sun.

Some days misery
no longer loves company;
it puts itself out of its.
There’s rest for the weary.
There’s turning back.
There are guarantees.
I can be serious.
I can mean that.
You can quite
put your finger on it.

Some days I know
I am long for this world.
I can go home again.
And when I go
I can
take it with me.

By Ronald Wallace

feet in river

Feet in same river (twice)

Sometimes things don’t go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost: green thrives; the crops don’t fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man; decide they care
enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen to you.

Sheenagh Pugh

Muscadel faces down frost

Muscadel (or some other grape variety) avoiding frosts

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2 Responses to Sometimes Blessings

  1. Kathy says:

    i like these antidotes, working on me.

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