The Fires in Australia

The Fires in Australia
By Pauline Harris

The burnt ash
Leave marks
Along the beach
Of what was thought
To be seaweed
Alas ancient forest ash
Or ash from homes
Now all taken
Ravaged gone
Torn from the earth
In vast bellows
Of recharged flames
Constantly destroying
All in the wake
Of each spark
Lives, land, all lost
Rains have been forecasted
Firefighters and others help
Healing hugs come from afar

A Time of reflection

A Time of reflection
By Pauline Harris

A man stood by
Greeting many
Who held tears
In their hearts
As a friend passed away
Shots in the distance
From those who aim
And want to scare
And state their voice
Silently others scream
Mostly in dismay
For threats had put
Them in the corner
Out of sight
Out of thought
One man continues on
He tells of what he recalls
But the loss is greater
For the quiet mourner
As she heard how little
He valued some rights
While boasting his views
In a life taken long ago
Justified or not, the life is gone
Another said she fought hard
To keep her head held high
While others gathered roses
And photos of days gone by
Humble servitude as guide
Cries in aches we must hide
Choices we bare as we share
Shots bring memories
Distant lives cry in hurts
Mumbled views need reflection
Silently a moment to rest
As life continues each step
Soon the joys return
And the sleepy may rest
But still the rings of shots
Echo, echo in the hearts of all
Whether to boast or reflect
Whose freedom is gained
If a life is taken too soon

A Great Mystery For Us All

A Great Mystery For Us All
Is to discover the good
The good to use five senses
The good to share and inspire
The good to create and live
The good kindness in our hearts

We can boast about how we are
We can force others into our views

But the real courage is in kindness
Allowing others to find innovation
Improving all life and lives alike
Stepping back to allow growth

A drop in the river moves forwards
Rocks become smooth as sand
Valleys are carved, trees fall
Flooding occurs after fires ravage land
Circles of life reborn to create anew

But where do we focus
On conservation
On innovation
On selfish gains
On good for all
On the golden rule

The great mystery is life itself
And how we choose to live it fully
By Pauline Harris

The Lone Polar Bear

The Lone Polar Bear
By Pauline Harris

Drifting away
The iceberg went
Broken off
Disheartened
The polar bear sat
No where to go
Drifting away
Lost in the currents
Hope fading away fast
Drifting away
The polar bear thought
If only I can find
Land once again
Drifting away
In hopes to find
The land with much
Much more than dreams
Seemingly provide
Drifting away
Only the waves to guide
The polar bear to survive

A Gift Given

A Gift Given
By Pauline Harris

Thoughts went into
This gift from me to you
Truthfully I could not find
The perfect one for you
But I do hope you see beyond
And know the love inside
Is more than life itself
For this love I eternally give you
May light find and guide you
Each and everyday

Snapshot

Snapshot
By Pauline Harris

The moment was now
The feeling was right
The setting was there

I grabbed my camera
Viewing the angles
Setting the balance
Attempting to grasp
The whole concept
Of this very moment
I took a photograph
Knowing full well
I could only get
A minute second
A partial glimpse
Of what just happened

Clearly I missed much
But I had a glimpse
And captured a part
To keep for awhile

In life, it the same
We are in each other’s lives
But we are only getting
A glimpse of what is
In many ways that is enough
But in others, we want more
Life is moments made
From our shared experiences
And the moments in between

Giving Life Changing News

When giving
life changing news,
Don’t be
a know-it-all
Don’t laugh
Do give all
Of your information
In paper form
Allow for the person
To take a moment
Give support
Don’t criticize him/her
It is his/her life
Not yours
And just because
He/She sees things
A bit differently
Still offer support
Because life is not all
Set in stone
And we are all
Important
And all
Worthy of this life
We are all
Living on this planet
Together
Enabling each light.
To shine brightly.
By Pauline Harris

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