Thursday 18th June Today’s Reflection is a
POEM BY MALCOLM GUITE
Which appeared a few weeks ago in ‘The Church Times’

Photo: Wicor Marina, Portchester (Trevor Harman)

It reflects the early stages of the lockdown, so the atmosphere isn’t quite the same, and things are slowly getting back to normal with more people, and more noise.

Will things get back to ‘normal’ in the bad sense, in that lessons will not have been learned? Will we look nostalgically on the early days of lockdown?

Yet there is much about the lockdown we will be glad to be rid of, particularly the social restrictions.

(Verse 3 will be best understood by readers of the poem ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’

Awake to what was once a busy day
When you would rush and hurry on your way
Snatch at your breakfast, start the grim commute
But time and tide have turned the other way.

We used to stroll together on the green
Who now divide the square upon the screen,
The faces of our friends, so far apart
Tease us with tenderness that might have been.

They say the Lion and the Lizard keep
The Courts where Jamshyd gloried and drank deep:
But now in every corner of the world
The wild things flourish whilst the cities sleep.

Perhaps in all this crisis, all this pain,
This reassessment of our loss and gain
Nature rebukes our brief authority
Yet offers us the chance to start again.

And this time with a new humility,
With chastened awe, and mutual courtesy;
To re-accept the unearned gift of life
With gratitude, with joy and charity.

Perhaps we’ll learn to live without so much
To nurture and to cherish, not to clutch,
and, if I’m spared, I’ll hold the years I’m given
With gentler tenure and a lighter touch.

 

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