by journeyintopoetry


Life changed when
illness arrived;
it seemed like
I had stalled,
quite out of the blue
in the middle of a busy road,
traffic all around me,
this way and that,
impatient, hurried.
And a black cloud of sadness
overwhelmed me;
a total eclipse.

Until I realised where I was.
it was simple;
I was right here in the now,
where clouds will never look the same again,
and with all the time I wanted just to be;
to rejoice in the depth of animal eyes
and be swept off my feet by the
colour of a bird’s tail.
Freedom, and a second chance
to notice all I had missed.

14 Comments to “NOW”

  1. The art of noticing… beautifully written, Christine. xx

  2. Thank you Angela. i know you have already seen this but there are some on here who arent folliwing my blog so I try and share the poems here that I put on my own blog. I cant write them fast enough to put different ones up anyway! 🙂

    Love xxx

    • nicely done…I really enjoyed…I do the same with some poetry posting it here and on my own blog but I think I keep the ratio at about a 4 to 1 ratio…I want to give my readers something not available here…

    • Every time something is read, it is read with fresh eyes. 🙂 And I enjoy, and appreciate, your poetry each time I read it. xx

  3. Aww thank you so much Angela; your words of encouragement mean a lot to me.xxxx

  4. This is a splendid piece, and means a lot to me, thanks for posting it here.

  5. This is a wonderful poem Christine. I love how it changes in tone from stanza to stanza, the first acknowledging challenge and shadow and the second celebrating light, colours, and Now. Also great testament to your wisdom and courage, as the words clearly come from deep personal experience. Really enjoyed it – thanks for sharing:-)

  6. I love this poem! I am recovering from a serious illness, and it hit me in the middle of the busiest time for my children, I felt so lost, and the past few days I am finally up and going again. Your words hit home with me!

    • Thank you Tiffany!

      If the words in my poetry reach out and give just one person some encouragement, then that is a huge pleasure for me.

      I hope your recovery is going well. I have MS. It is taking some time to sink in.


      • I understand. My condition isn’t MS, but will be a lifelong battle as well. It was so hard to be stuck in bed while my kids were wishing I could “come out and play”… utter frustration. But then, I guess at least they didn’t lose their mama! Utter blessing!!

  7. Exactly Tiffany! While we may not exactly be kicking, we are alive! I have so much to be grateful for and when I have days where I lose that gratitude I have to delve deeper, but it never takes long because there are so many things. 🙂


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