It amazes me how words can affect us, whether positively or negatively they are powerful. This morning I have been reminded by this by a few things and there are some words that I wanted to have in my blog that always move me both good and bad.
The first is by W.H.Auden a poet from the early 20th century and I’m sure you’ll recognise the poem
W. H. Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
This poem sums up how I felt when I heard my Grumpa had passed away and without fail when I hear it will bring tears to my eyes.
On this tack a beautiful song next, it sends shivers down my spine when I hear it and always feel him near me (his name was Daniel) especially when played on brass.
Now be warned I’m a bit of a Metalhead and love my rock music. This next one is by a band that seems to tell my story in their music and it seems to sum up how I feel about relationships…
When I need bolstering up, especially in the car this one moves me and get’s me going. It’s a bit triggering as the words deal with some nasty topics but the message in it…oh man it works for me. ‘Hey man I’m alive, I’m taking each day a night at a time, yeah I’m down but I know I’ll get by’…sums it up really lol.
One I send out to my friends on a regular basis even though I don’t always realise it….they seem to pick up on it and understand that I need them even when I won’t admit it 😉
I own a book of the poetry of Robert Burns and some of them are beautiful, many are about women and this one…well I’ve often felt this and he says it so well.
Love In The Guise Of Friendship
Talk not of love, it gives me pain,
For love has been my foe;
He bound me in an iron chain,
And plung’d me deep in woe.
But friendship’s pure and lasting joys,
My heart was form’d to prove;
There, welcome win and wear the prize,
But never talk of love.
Your friendship much can make me blest,
O why that bliss destroy?
Why urge the only, one request
You know I will deny?
Your thought, if Love must harbour there,
Conceal it in that thought;
Nor cause me from my bosom tear
The very friend I sought.
I could probably go on for a long time with this but I’ll have to have a cut off point somewhere so I’ll finish with one last poem that will hopefully relieve some of the gloom contained in this post….
The Smile Virus
Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him .I thought about that smile
then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!
So smile everyone and have a good day, embrace the positive words that surround you and let the negative ones be batted away by this kittens (and hopefully) your smile!