Nature of Life

Some Virginians are older now.

Their lives are gradually ebbing.

Is this the end of a well-lived life?

No one really knows.

Fleeting years have passed them by.

Where has all this time gone.

They are no longer vibrant and young.

Their faces are wrinkled with old age.

How do they feel about living?

Some may find it rather depressing.

They will rather take to their bed for comfort.

But most will prefer to rally on than to give up.

This condition is definitely a new reality

That’s in the second half of an older life.

It’s an experience of shattered dreams and pain.

Nevertheless, a Virginian mind may be clear.

Virginians view such a setback as a mountain.

Yes, at times they have fallen down as they ascend.

Yet, they know the resilience in their hearts live on.

They will strive and pull themselves up once more.

This is the condition of their luminous sadness.

It’s the discovery of the inevitable nature of an older life.

Wild Horses

Corolla wild horses are hardy.

They have adapted on the Outer Banks

To winter by living in the wild

They are able to do so,

By growing thicker coats,

And eating a modified diet

They are able to survive the cold.

Cold is dangerous for horses.

But these wild ponies

Have lived through snowstorms,

And whipping frigid winds

They know how to adapt

Because of centuries living in the wild

These wild horses spend their time

On the banks in the maritime forests

By fresh water marshes

With a leader of the pack

This stallion leads the mares

Through the winter months

By eating dry winter grass

And stalks of sea oats on the dunes.

Living on a Farm

What is a life well-lived?

What is a farmer’s roots?

What motivates a farmer?

And when does farming end?

People explore their farming lives.

Their journeys are in biographies.

They speak frankly about their tasks.

Dreams come alive in marvelous ways.

Growing up as a youth is challenging.

It’s an early experience of a farmer’s life.

Living in a rural community was best.

A farmer’s life was an ideal experience.

Raising animals kept the family on its toes.

Sheep, goats, cows, and chickens to feed.

Expensive veterinary bills had to be paid.

Often, their kids helped at the crack of dawn.

But it was quite cold during the winter months.

The animals’ pens would always be heated.

Yet, it was delightful to have wool from the sheep.

And fresh milk and eggs would all make it worthwhile.

A Grateful Heart

Yes, we’re living in a new reality.

Things aren’t what they use to be.

We’re older and living in our homes

And we now watch what we do.

But still, we have grateful hearts.

Thanks for the gift of New Technology.

We can keep in touch with friends.

Often, we visit them on social media,

Where we can pour our hearts out.

“It’s a brand-new world,” our friends say.

“Things have changed for the better.”

Fortunately, many of us have the means.

We aren’t confined to assisted living homes.

Or, live in nursing facilities for the aged.

We’re fortunate to be living in our own homes.

We can therefore send cards to our dear friends,

Contribute to various charities of our choice,

And give a life line to the less fortunate.

It’s definitely ideal, but still, we’re thankful,

To be living in a country with such abundance.

Walking in Nature

Eyes behold nature’s beauty.

Trees dance in its loveliness.

Breeze sweeps over the hills.

Water ripples in the streams.

Walking in nature is delightful.

Sad memories just flutter by.

Hearts leap with abundant joy.

Flowers decorate its rolling paths.

Animals roam in the green pastures.

Birds celebrate this festive season.

Birth is renewed around the farms.

Musicians greet these new portrayals.

But what does happiness mean?

Why walk to the sounds of creation?

How is one’s spirit renewed?

Nature is an incredible change agent.

Picking apples and pears in orchards.

Collecting grapes from rural vineyards.

Tasting wines that titillate the tastebuds.

Enjoying the beauty of nature’s abundance.

Crack in Brick Wall

Bang! Something stops you.

What should you do?

Where must you turn?

How could you move on?

A brick wall comes in your life.

You might be set on a career.

But unhelpful circumstances arise.

These could be the cause of an illness.

Would such illness dampen your spirit?

Do you see your situation as hopeless?

You’re struck with some terrible disease.

Could treatment really help your condition?

Your situation is quite serious.

Where should you turn?

What should you do?

This treatment doesn’t seem to be working.

Yet, you endeavor to continue with trials.

Then, there’s a crack in the brick wall.

A new hope is alive with a break through.

The brick wall crumbles unexpectedly.

You’re able to achieve your life’s dream.

Raindrops Keep Falling

People rejoice that rain is coming.

Just look at the changes in the sky.

The clouds sweep by and are darker.  

They know the signs and prepare.

Bring out the umbrellas from storage.

Put on the long-forgotten raincoats

That is if they plan on going outdoors

It’s the only way not to be soaked.

Somehow, it’s always best to be indoors.

This is especially so when it’s night.

Take comfort and curl up in bed.

And listen to the rain’s pattering sounds.

Farmers are sad when there’s a drought.

Trees come alive as the rain begins to fall.

Cattle are happy greeting the drops with delight.

It’s as though farms are renewed with a new day.

But rain can also cause people some problems.

Too much water may result in terrible flooding.

It may be difficult for levees to contain the streams.

But rainfall is beautiful and essential for the land.

Without the blessing of rain living things will perish.

Mt. Everest of Life

A Mt. Everest sweeps into lives.

Climbers ascend as high as the sky.

But their ascent is treacherous.

Such obstacles are shrilling to their hearts.

Why do climbers mount such a precipice?

Do they have something to prove?

What will they accomplish?

Eventually, their steps will tell their tale.

Many start their ascent from valleys below.

And they gaze up to the snowy mountain top above.

Yet, they may have reservations about life’s goals.

Life’s final destiny that’s beckoning them on.

People will always strive to be the best.

When they stumble on a mount, they get up.

Still, they continue to persevere to reach the top.

That’s what a glorious life is about, isn’t it?

Life has always been a challenge.

Mt. Everest is a symbol lying before all.

The mountain top is where there’s success.

So, be sure to reach the Mt. Everest of Life.    

Life-Affirming Truth

Uphold what’s good.

Nurture what’s beautiful.

Embrace life’s affirmations.

Let justice prevail.

Why buy into falsehoods?

Why tamper with the truth?

What will people gain?

A frigid wind is blowing.

Let trumpets blast.

Let’s clear the air.

Abuse has no place.

It only wrecks good lives.

Bugles may sound.

Deceivers may rule.

But where’s the victory?

It’s tarnished with deception.

A battle with words prevails.

Choose your side.

People shiver when it’s cold,

But delight in the warmth.

Bad lies are just devastating.

Stars in The Sky

In life let goodness prevail!

It’s like stars

Shining brightly in a cloudless sky

So, why should people live unloved?

Daily battles are fought in communities.

These struggles take many forms.

They may be over their civil rights.

And there are winners and losers.

People win when they are successful.

At times they are defeated and sad.

But there are some gains and setbacks.

That’s the way it always is in life.

What goes up must come down.

Yet, Americans keep moving on.

For there’s always change in the air.

Human’s dignity will eventually triumph.

A strong wind is blowing with people’s dreams.

It’s sweeping across the breadth of America.

For there will be a time when there’ll be change.

And all of God’s children will rejoice

For they will shine like stars in the sky.