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Ebb and Flow. Sunday June 5, 2016

My love and commitment
Ebbs and flows like the sea
And on really bad days,
When life takes on a turbulent quality
I feel tossed and buffeted about.
On such days I could be caustic.

Wind blown like grass on the moors
Or petals on a delicate flower
Or scorched by the sun
Where there is no easily available shelter;
I find myself wilting.
I want to escape, to find a hiding place.

Usually it is because someone
Has made a withering comment to me;
It has permeated my whole being
Causing me to shrivel within.
The words seemed to scorch and damage
My inner self.

May other people's comments be more
Like mist to me
Appearing briefly and then vanishing entirely.
Give me more persevering endurance
Like a farmer patiently waiting for rain
So that his crops can grow and flourish
Building up an ever-growing resilience
To any negativity.

May my words be always sensitive
Caring, nurturing
Like an ever-flowing Spring
Sparkling with fresh, sweet water
That can only refresh and reinvigorate.

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Still picking figs Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 4:10am

Beautiful Zareen
I can't sleep. I'm going to use your words to help soothe my tossed and buffeted head. Xxxx

Hopeful One Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 7:10am

Hi Zareen- I liked reading your lovely poem. I am is not now that hurt by withering or negative comments directed at me as I would have previously done once I swapped by previous negative sensitive Inner Critic for a more friendly positive one . So now when I do get a negative comment I ask myself : Are they shooting the messenger for the message if the negative comment is in response to something I said or did. I find that to be the case most of the time When the comment is totally unsolicited my new Inner Critic steps in and says something like ' but I am .....(insert something positive for oneself)" which takes the sting out of the comment.

Being able to laugh it off helps too.

A couple went to the hospital to have a baby. The doctor tells them that he has invented a new machine that would automatically transfer a portion of the mother's labour pain to the father. He asks if the husband was willing to try it out. Both the husband and wife were very much in favour of it. The doctor sets dial at 10% explaining that even 10% is probably more pain than the father has ever experienced before. But, as labour progresses , the doctor then adjusts the machine to 20% pain transfer. The husband was still feeling fine. The doctor checks the husband's blood pressure and pulse and is amazed at how well he is doing. At this, they decide to try for 50%. The husband continues to feel quite well. Since it is obviously helping out his wife , he encourages the doctor to transfer ALL the pain to him. The wife delivers a healthy baby with virtually no pain. She and her husband are ecstatic. When they get home, they find the milkman lying dead on the porch. ( original by SC a fellow joker)

Orangeblossom Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 8:51am

I shared the joke with my husband & we fell about laughing! A good way to start the day.

Skyblue Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 11:39am

Hi Zareen, this is lovely. You are that 'delicate flower' you describe and there is great beauty in that. And the fact that, in contemplating your own vulnerability, you automatically think of others and hope that your own words will be like 'fresh, sweet water' is also something beautiful. You don't just hope that you don't hurt others, you also hope that your words will actually heal them. This surely is your protection. Gorgeous! xx

Lexi Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 1:23pm

Beautiful Zareen. It reminded me of one of my favorite sayings "Be kind. Everyone you know is fighting a battle." Thank you.

the room above the garage Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 4:11pm

Thank you Zareen, I too feel tossed and buffeted about today and it's a thing of comfort to feel less alone in the world when I stopped to read your poem. Thank you, love ratg x.

The Gardener Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 4:45pm

As a farmer the analogy fits perfectly - ebb and flow the word. You put all your skill and experience into the production of something - then totally at the mercy of the weather, The worst is to plough in perfect crops which have cost a lot of money because a burst of hot weather brings everybody's on at the same time and there is a glut. But it is a business which instils 'Percy' (perseverance) for life. The risks, disappointments, long hours, discomfort do strengthen you physically and mentally (if you survive, that is!)

Mary Wednesday Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 8:29pm

Beautiful post. Thank you.

Rachel Sun, Jun 5th 2016 @ 10:59pm

Thank you for your beautiful post Zareen :-D

Dolphin Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 4:30pm

I'm a bit late commenting on this post. Your last two verses are words to live by - thanks so much for putting them so evocatively. xx

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