ASH

Sometimes, in our desert experiences, we feel that all is lost, all is gone and there is no hope left. How can we pick up ash? The ash of our lives. When I went blind, and became wheelchair bound following my cancer, unable to use touch to feel for things as bot my hands and my feet lost all feeling, it would have been easy to think that my life was finished. Over. And indeed, the temptation was there to lose hope. But, as a child, I had learned to SING. In the most painful, difficult and fearful of circumstances, I would SING. This next poem is about just this:-

I looked round today and
all I saw was ash,
The ash of my life, spent,
The flame gone out, dead dreams on the ground in rubble.

The scene was bleak, my eyes
Beheld no beauty,
All was ugly, spent now,
I stood there stripped, knowing I could not pick up ash.

Dreams disintegrated,
Hope gone for ever,
Nothing to re-ignite,
Barrenness was my empty companion today.

But suddenly I heard
A voice, saying “Sing,”
What song could I sing now,
Here in this strangest of strange lands, alien now?

The voice insisted, “Sing”
I opened my mouth,
But no sound would come out,
“ Tell me how to sing,”
“Caged birds can sing, but you don’t have a cage, just sing.”

I looked around again,
I couldn’t see ash,
I saw the makings of
A new world, building bricks,
Beauty from ashes, I opened my mouth and sang.

One thought on “ASH

  1. I looked around again,
    I couldn’t see ash,
    I saw the makings of
    A new world, building bricks,

    You have a way to place words that sing.I’m glad you can see what most can’t with good eyes. Love your words “the makings of a new world,” God bless you.

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