Reflections about Then and Now

Carol A. Hand

Let me take just a moment
to put aside the chaos of the world
seeping into my soul

a recurring childhood dream
soaring above the earth
simply watching
with compassionate detachment
as people went about their busy lives

my safe wooded place
sitting beneath a large maple
on a soft mossy knoll
by a little brook
sunlight and shadows shifting
joining my voice in song
with rustling leaves and birds
in harmony with the water
brushing over and around stones
in the small singing stream
wondering how many years
it would take for the rocks
to dissolve into rich soil

Breathing in
feeling the presence of peace and light
and sending out gratitude
for the beauty and wonder of life
then and now
even during days that seem darker


Lake Superior Shore – 2017



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        1. I continue to learn what education means and requires from students, Maria. I am so grateful for the opportunity to merely experiment with ways to unlock and inspire critical thinking and creativity. 🙂

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    1. Dear Raj, it’s always such a pleasure to hear from you and read your eloquent, thought-provoking posts. I send my gratitude for your thoughtful comments and blessings and send blessings to you as well. ❤


  1. Carol, a beautiful poem that brings me to the wonderful serene calm memories of childhood when living in the moment everyday just was the way of life…I love the reminder about soaring high, learning about your safe wooded place beneath the maple trees, recalling my many exploits in the streams near home. Reading this I definitely managed ‘to put aside the chaos of the world’. Your final stanza is a touching call to us all. Warmest wishes, Carol. 😀❤️

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    1. Dear Annika, thank you so much for your thoughtful, lovely comments. I love hearing about your childhood memories and I’m deeply grateful that you were able to “put aside the chaos of the world.” Sending my best wishes to you. ❤

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