Sunday, 14 February 2016

In sickness and in health









Years later, the day’s definitively spent
in illness, in cradling a vaguely odd grudge
quite certain this isn’t how it is meant
to be - festive boiling down to the sludge


of sickrooms and maladies and medicine.
Temples where love’s expressed now quiet, passive;
a travesty of differently fevered skin,
grubbier shades of meaning to live festive,


the usual flowers forgotten, left to droop;
the petals of the hours shredding, wasting.
There are offerings of silence and soup,
unremarked and consumed without tasting,


till a brief, lucid break when the fever lifts -
what if this version is also a gift?
















14 comments:

  1. Hi Nila - we have to look and accept all gifts don't we - the lifting of a hurt or the pain of disease is a release - however brief ... but it is starting to improve.

    It's quiet here .. I do hope things ease up .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Everything is a gift if we get the angle right...some more tweaking and mine will be :) things are improving, it's all in the eye of the beholder really.

      Have a great Sunday

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  2. That angle is so important isn't it? And the gifts expected or not, welcome or not, all shape our journeys.

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    1. The angle is all important! and can take up the whole journey to get it right. The gifts shape the journeys, the journeys too shape the gifts, there is nothing which is not interconnected somehow

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  3. A vow, and yes, a gift. Love and care, silence and soup tendered in the most caring way.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Happy Valentine's to you too Yolanda! Hope you had an awesome day.

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  4. The negative events teach us more than positive ones do. It's difficult to remember, though, when you're going through it.

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    1. It's difficult to see/get the lessons, positives or negatives..mindfulness is key!

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  5. Hello Nila. I hope that fever has lifted for you. So much we can learn through suffering...whether illness, bad breaks, danger...yet it is in the looking back that we appreciate how we've grown. Still, no one really chooses suffering.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Denise :-)

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    1. Hi Denise. All good, thanks, or on the mend :) we do learn through suffering often what we omitted to learn through positives.
      Happy V to you too!

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  6. Illness is too tiring, it drains out everything:(

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    1. True! but also can be tweaked as a chance to get pampered by loved ones :)

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  7. Another gift. Thanks
    What if ...What if we never knew pain or never grew old.
    Cheers

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  8. Another gift. Thanks
    What if ...What if we never knew pain or never grew old.
    Cheers

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