Thursday, 15 August 2013

Making a Start OR On Letting Good Intentions Speak for Themselves


Sometimes everything but everything seems to be going wrong and is almost too much to bear. Then it’s time to take a step back and consider what to DO.

Tell someone, preferably a close friend or relative who knows you well. A trouble shared really is a trouble halved.

Seek practical / professional help and advice. If you don’t know where to get it…ask. (Your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau is always a good start if you have money worries).

Come on, folks. Nothing is ever quite as bad as it looks.

Try resolving things instead of letting them get on top of you. If they cannot be resolved, try making the BEST of things instead of the worst. True, it’s never easy, but always worth making the effort. Don't try and muddle through on your own either. We all need help and support sometimes. There is no shame in asking. Besides, most people - especially those closest to us - LIKE to be asked.

Remember, if no one knows we need help, no one is in a position to give it. We have no right to complain that no one cares about us if we insist on keeping our troubles to ourselves. Yes, sometimes people let us down, society too. We can but try. More often than not, being positive achieves positive results.

So come on, folks. Let’s get a life instead of letting it get to us. [Could it be that Earth Mother has the same idea? Now, there’s a thought…]


MAKING A START or  ON LETTING GOOD INTENTIONS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

Up to the ears in debt,
a broken romance,
a redundancy notice
obscuring headlines
on war, famine, floods,
earthquakes, other
natural disasters breaking
human hearts, taking
human lives, and blaming  
global warming
when we’re not blaming
each other for never
getting it right no matter
how we vote

No ozone hole to blame
for street crime,
racism or homophobia,
beggars (all ages)
haunting shoppers, kids
all but running riot
in supermarkets because
parents afraid to say
no, stop, don’t, mustn’t
or you’ll grow up with
precious few social skills
and even less hope
of getting parole halfway
into a life sentence

Must start to get real, nurture
for a better world

Copyright R. N. Taber 2007; 2013

[Note: This poem has been slightly revised from an earlier version that appears in 1st eds. of  Accomplices To Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007; 2nd (revised) e-edition in preparation.]


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