I recently re-discovered this poem which I wrote during a creative writing session I was holding, in response to the prompt ‘Community – the blessing and/or curse’. Community, tribe, belonging, family – these words are weaving a web around me at the moment which is both a comfort and, at times, stifling. I notice the joys and the challenges of the world being at my finger tips the moment I touch my keyboard, and the number of varying relationships that creates, and the conflict that can arise in me when I have to make choices about how, where and with whom I communicate.
Technology has changed the options available to us for how and where we create our sense of ‘community’ and this has huge benefits, and I also notice I need to balance that with; chats with my neighbour who lives next to me, walks in the nearby woods amongst the trees who bless the air I breathe, so that I stay ‘in community’ with the life around me right now.
As I walk around
I hear my name
called out by familiar voices
for reasons as varied
as the speakers themselves
Some are simple questions
answered with a single sentence
others invite me to linger
and take a hand in mine
as time dances around
a conversation that deepens
to transcend any linear frame
My name lives here
in the heads and hearts
of those around me
as well as in the books and files
that log my existence
I hear a silent call
as community for me
stretches and expands
to include those
who don’t yet know my name
but touch me from afar
with the ripples
of their joys and sorrows
calling me into the next
of what it means
Good Deeds Received
A lovely Polish woman I met at the factory treated me to tea in a cafe, where we had our first English ‘lesson’.
I received a very loving and unexpected package of chocolate, tea and a postcard from a friend I hadn’t heard from in a while.
Mum gave me loads of very enthusiastic feedback on the Christmas cards I’ve been making.
Nature continues to bless and impress with the incredible colours of the changing season.
Really enjoyed the comments I’ve received on recent posts – thank you all:-)
The guinea fowl I occasionally help to look after gave me such a fun and heart warming early start to my day on Saturday, when I went to feed them and let them out. They didn’t seem to want to get up either – it was so funny, bless them. I was there for over half an hour trying to encourage them out and get them to fly over the fence to continue their exploration of the wider world. It only takes one…and then the others surely follow:-)
A friend of Mum’s came to the cafe and shared what sounds like a great (and very simple) soup recipe with me. I’ll share it once it’s tried and tested:-) It’s definitely soup season!
Good Deeds Done
Dropped a letter round to a friend’s house, as it had mistakenly been delivered to me.
Helped a friend clean and prepare her house for welcoming her son and daughter in law.
Made some more Christmas cards that I hope will bring as much joy to whoever eventually receives them (haven’t made my list yet!?!) as they gave me making them. I love getting crafty!
Sent this month’s money to Beatha in Rwanda, and had a chat with her two young sons on the phone. Haven’t spoken to them for ages – so sweet, even if we don’t have much of a shared language, we can still laugh together and blow kisses down the line…
Immediately sent an email to the friend who’d sent me the surprise package, thanking her and promising her some snail mail in return:-)
Picked up some litter during a walk in the woods.
Baked some flapjacks instead of eating shop bought biscuits…because it’s fun, and also I now know more about how wasteful the commercial process can be. Problem is, food is often even more deliciously more-ish when you make it yourself, so you probably end up eating more so is it really saving on wasted energy/packaging etc etc….agghhh! Why can’t life be more simple:-)
Have a great week my friends, cultivating and nourishing community in whatever form that takes for you:-)