Grounded: Poetry for these times

Grounded.

A punishment. A compliment. An observation. An instruction.

A sign of our times.

 

You’re grounded!

You’ve been naughty!

You can’t go out, and see your friends,

no cinema,

or chatting at the corner

Until I say!

 

You’re grounded.

Setting stress to the side.

Breathing in.

Eyelids resting.

The mind’s eye,

unseeing the pain and torment.

 

You’re grounded.

So serene.

Centred.

Settled.

Calm.

How do you do it?

I guess you meditate?

 

You’re grounded.

Stay in, save lives!

For now.

For many days,

and weeks

to come.

 

You’re grounded.

A time to still the soul,

put anxiety to the side,

and try to listen,

watch,

breathe.

 

Do you hear the birds,

as they gather in the timbers?

The bees flitting from shrub to hedge,

checking freshly sprouting buds and blossoms?

Can I hear the breeze

whispering

in the overgrown undergrowth?

I can feel

the late spring sunshine

pushing aside

the winter chill,

trying to warm

my anxious soul.

 

Much is unknown.

New.

Fearful.

Sorrowful.

Tragic.

Unprecedented, all voices say.

Yet the days move along

unaware of mankind’s distress .

 

Still the soul.

Be grounded.

Each day

new buds unfurl,

newborn lambs emerge, surprised innocence in their wide eyes.

Each day

the sun climbs higher in the northern sky

towards summer

and beyond.

 

Towards the days of a new, renewed now.

 

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4 thoughts on “Grounded: Poetry for these times

    • Aw thank you so much, Susan! It is lovely to hear from you, I hope you are all well?
      This reminds me of our afternoons in Kathmandu when you would read my ramblings and I would anxious wait for your reactions… Big hugs to you all from afar xxx

  1. Hi Philippa,

    Your wonderful poem expresses so eloquently much of what we’re all feeling. I was just thinking about this the other day – that this staying at home thing felt much like being grounded as a teenager. And then shortly thereafter, I read your poem. It’s perfect. Thank you.

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