I met Miles Lowry in Annamakerrig in April 2017. I was with Bealtaine Writers on our annual visit there to write and share our work. He came from Vancouver with his partner David Ferguson to paint for two months. I fell in love with this work which
he called Meeting across the Waters and negotiated to buy. It sits over the mantlepiece in all its splendour. We all love it and are very glad to have it.
The theme of gratitude is spoken about at great lengths everywhere there is a discussion
about human consciousness and I have come to it in this poem.
As usual, enjoy reading, be sure to share it and let me know what you think.
Meeting across the Waters Painting by Miles Lowry
Things I'm Grateful for as I get Older
Each morning now two grandchildren
come bounding onto my bed
quite early and bounce me to awake
I like that
We sit in matching green-winged chairs
have mid-morning coffee in a quiet room
our current lives
That pleases me
I saw a man I had forgotten
he surfaced first on social media
met him then in Howth
we shared like there was no tomorrow
I feel enriched
As a year
of intensive study
reached an end last week
the household breathed great relief
diploma for us all
A good ending
We escape to a hideaway
in the South of France
a place that lifts the spirit
true human nourishment
How lucky are we
I had a great escape from death
my sister was my saviour
I wallow in my borrowed time
thriftly sharing it with others
How blessed am I
sit all five around a table
write what thoughts we conjure up
we've known each other
for an age relish us together
Thank you Dr Guthrie
A life lived passing quickly
so much to remember to delight
highlights more than lowlights
family and friends around who bolster us
I am so grateful
A very inspiring collection of poems on the subject of Gratitude. What was your recent area of study. You mentioned a diploma. 'The household breated great relief.' Blessings on your enthusiasm an
As always from the heart
I love it Peter. I identify completely with your gratitude theme. So much to be thankful for and very beautifully expressed in the poem
25.11 | 22:15
Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.
07.11 | 11:14
A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there
06.11 | 16:24
A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.
06.11 | 15:59
Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.
In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.