Gathering Neighbourhood Goodness for #WATWB June

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Welcome back to #WATWB!

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I was thrilled to hear that the Bells of the Borough Market in London would toll for their re-opening.  It is so important to keep sounding that note of hope in our world. Noticing such a story in the daily news feed reminded me of a comment made, somewhere on a social media feed, by Mary J Melange. Her blog is well worth a visit, by the way.

Searching for good news stories makes us more aware of the good news around us, even nearer to our lives, workplaces and homes.

 

Part of my life means visiting people.  In recent months there have been some notable ones.

One included going to the home of an unwell man and hearing of his story as a migrant to my country many years ago.

“I just thought, shit!”  He said.  “What am I gonna do now?”

He had been deposited, all alone,  in a remote part of our country to fix a broken-down truck.  He did fix the truck and drove it back to the nearest town, many kilometres away.

Later in life, one of his children was severely injured in a vehicle accident on a farm.  Spinal injuries meant this young adult was facing quadriplegia.  Not to be left as a victim, the young adult was rehabilitated and, with some assistance, has quite impressive mobility.  This son now teaches in a regular job.

I went visit another couple.  He was dying and had a number of loose ends that he wanted to tie up so that his wife would be in a secure state of life after his death.

A gravely voice, from too many smokes and noisy ballrooms, told the tale. Earlier in his life he had been a boxer and, later had travelled the globe as a dancer.  In both Ballroom and Latin American forms, he and his partners literally had a ball.  Now, as he approaches the last months of his life, he is lovingly putting in place a care plan for his wife.

This month I have not included any flashy pictures or dazzling youtube clips.  I just wanted to highlight something that a number of us have noticed: looking for good news helps us become more aware of the good news right near our own doorsteps.

Do any of these stories ring bells for you?  What is the good news in your family, workplace or local community?

Towards the Final Dance

Eyes bounce
Around the room,

And dart,

From the impending gloom,

Of days ticking away.

Once, his feet

Had bounced on their balls,

As he danced around the ring,

Boxing –

Giving and receiving

Jabs and crosses.

And, those feet,

Fleet and flowing,

Had glided

Along the dance floor,

In days before

The cancer.

Now,

His days are drawing in,

As he lovingly

Lines up

The steps of his departing days,

To leave his wife

In security.

Then, muster up

He does,

His pluck

For the steps

Towards

The final dance,

That

never

ends.

Simon C.J. Falk 30 June 2017

Next month a clean start!  Stay tuned for #WATWB July 28.

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CO-HOSTS. 

As many of you know, keeping a blogfest going needs a pool of positive co-hosts.  We started with 20.  But, with the wear and tear of life on people’s health, we need some assistance with co-hosting.  As Damyanti says:

…five co-hosts leading each month will ensure that none of us are overburdened, and can host every few months. 
Each month needs a minimum of 5 leads, but you’re welcome to sign up for more as well. We’ll keep it flexible— if you have an issue hosting in a particular month, you could exchange with another co-host.
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Beautiful Lines Upon A Face

Beautiful Lines Upon A Face



Beautiful lines upon a face,

Adorn its features with particular grace,

Many a story or experience I spy,

Hidden beneath an expression wry.

As my age moved up the years,

Something in my perception appears

To change its sense of what appeals,

As newer forms of enticement reveals,

A glory not previously known.

Now a natural beauty is shown,

From that sparkle deep within,

Displayed upon their full-face grin.

Simon C.J. Falk 22 June 2017

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Life Unfolds in Paradoxical Ways

Life Unfolds in Paradoxical Ways

 

Our life unfolds

In a paradoxical way,

Of light and shadow,

Of night and day,

Of invigorating acts,

Or a drudgery fray.

At times, we are glad,

At others, become sad.

Some days we feel lucid,

And others, going mad,

But the colours and shades,

And rhythms of days,

Are formative of us

In so many ways.

As we learn patience,

And some self-control,

We discover what gives life,

What exacts a toll.

We look on our lives

As admixture of things,

When our voice seems so flat,

When, on occasions, it sings.

I embrace now my life,

In its paradoxical way,

With light following night,

And shade following day.

 

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Eluded Pleasant Scent

Eluded Pleasant Scent

 

Technology may

Capture,

In Pod and pixel,

The stunning sight,

Of brilliant day

And social night.

Sound,

It may record,

That we may pin it

To a board,

Or playlists

In our caches.

But,

The bulging bytes,

Cannot control,

A pleasant scent upon

A stroll,

A flowering tree

That comes to me

Oh, that pleasing scent

Held naturally!

 

Simon C.J. Falk 19 June 2017

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To a Magpie And…

To a Magpie And…

 

 

Greetings, Magpie!

What news across the wing?

What song have you to sing,

To me

That may

Set us

A little more free

To be

In this moment

Of reverie?

I see

You sparkle

In the eye,

And, as I spy,

The warm sun

In the sky

Shines radiant beams,

Filling us with dreams,

And,

It seems,

With enthusiasm

That pulses

Into muscles,

As we traverse

This wooded scene.

Where have I been?

Where in the days

and weeks

Oh, feathered friend?

It seemed, my life

It did

Tend towards

Other ‘heady’ pursuits,

That called

For recruits,

To their so-called

Important ways.

Oh, those days,

Are gone.

And,

Feathered friend,

Now it seems

I send

My energies

In other ways

On these

Sunny afternoon

Days.

Now,

I give praise!

As I, falteringly,

Put into phrase

This afternoon

Sunlit splendour.

 

Simon C.J. Falk 19 June 2017

 

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From Harrowing Towards Wholeness and Healing

From Harrowing Towards Wholeness and Healing

While driving around the countryside for work commitments I was listening once more to Parker J. Palmer’s  ‘Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation‘.  In this book, Palmer describes how he experienced a clinical depression after trying to live a life that was not his to live.  Seemingly, it was a life that did not fit, or suit, him.

As he emerged from a bout of depression, he discovered that, in some ways, the depression was a veiled gift to him.  It taught him that the life he was living was harming him.  He drafted the poem “Harrowing” included below.

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(‘Harrowing”, a poem by Parker J. Palmer).

I know there have been times in my life where what was then perceived as a harrowing, later opened up to become a gift.

Some of us may be coming through tough times, saddening times, exhausting times. They may be matters personal to us.  Alternatively, they may be triggered by recent horrific events in our world.  Whichever the case may be, I post Palmer’s poem, as a promise of hope in regeneration and rejuvenation after times of trial.

Simon C.J Falk 4 June 2017

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Empty Well

Empty Well

Empty,

drained.

There are

no words,

to acclaim,

proclaim,

or frame,

any sentence,

or the

reality here.

The beauteous

now barren.

The flourishing

now flat.

We are

bludgeoned

by the banal business

of the functional,

instrumental,

and administrative.

The inspiration has

been.

Gone.

No words appear

upon

the whitened expanse

of the page,

or life.

Empty

the well is

not.

The river has

run

dry.

 

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