Sunday, November 3, 2013

To sit a little

It is fine to sit a little,
Not for long, just for a bit.
Close your eyes and think a little,
When confusion overwhelms.
It's alright to rest a little,
To refresh the soul with prayer -
Pray with words or tears or both,
Just as you are able.
It's alright - slow down a little,
Not too long, just for a moment.
It's alright to cry a little,
Rushing to the perfect safety
Of a child that's near its mother.
You can lie down for a moment,
Close your eyes and think of kindness,
Think of tenderness and friendship
And of love that lasts forever.
Then get up and walk a little,
Look at beauty, think of gladness,
Smile and know that when you need it,
You can always have a refuge.



Oil painting: A Peaceful Retreat, by Thomas Kinkade.

8 comments:

Lady Anne said...

What a beautiful poem. Did you write it? Very moving - and a reminder that we all need to slow down and count our blessings.

Julie said...

Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some wearisome botheration. Hope things are all right at home, and all leads to greater learning and understanding.
Mrs. Nakajima

Mrs. Anna T said...

Lady Anne, yes, I did write this little poem. I usually write in Russian when the poetry muse finds me, but from time to time I produce something in English.

Lady Anne said...

Gosh! How many languages do you speak? Americans are so isolated, very few of us speak anything other than English because we don't generally need to. Europeans are so close to each other that they have to speak more than one language, and I really envy you. It doesn't help that our education system waits until the 8th grade (13 years old) to begin teaching a second language, and by that time, your brain is pretty well "set".

Mrs. Anna T said...

Lady Anne, Jews by necessity often spoke/speak several languages; a Jewish one (Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish), the language native to their country of birth and, due to frequent emigration, often the language of another country where they subsequently lived. Thus, my grandmother spoke Hungarian, Rumanian, Russian and a little Yiddish; my Mom speaks Russian, Hebrew, and some Hungarian; and I speak Russian, Hebrew, English, and some Spanish. Actually any non-English-speaker these days will probably learn English. And I agree with you that it's far, far better to begin early; I believe childre who are brought up with two languages from birth are at the utmost advantage, and the tiny bit of linguistic confusion that comes with it will be very easily settled later on.

Peggy said...

I just wanted to tell you I enjoyed your poem.
Would it be okay to post it to another site?

Mrs. Anna T said...

Peggy, certainly you may re-post the poem, with a reference and link please.