I have always admired those who have a gift for writing poetry, and particularly enjoy reading what friends have written. This past week has been a time for reflection following the sudden death of our nephew Ewan, and two poems and one hymn have particularly touched me. The first poem was written by a friend of Ewan who came with her husband from N. Ireland to live in the North East corner of Scotland. Ewan was a quiet man, but this poem written for his fiftieth birthday gives insight into his love for God and his love for others.
We came across the Irish sea, And up the road we drove
To a little place beside the coast, To our exciting new abode.
We thought they spoke our lingo, But we got an awful fright
The “mannies”, “wivies”, “quines”, What was it all about?
There were “coos” and “chuckies”, And lots of “kens”,
How confusing it all was “ The back of ….” – what did that mean?
We were nearly up the walls! We settled down as well we might,
But lonely times we had, No family, friends, the first few weeks
We felt a little sad.
Then one night the doorbell rang, And this little man appeared
We thought he wanted lodgings,
But there was no bed and breakfast here.
We told him it was now a home, And nearly sent him away
Then suddenly we recognised him, From the church, across the bay.
He came in for a cup of tea, And what a chat we had
He offered us his friendship, For which we were so glad.
You now are such a good, old friend,
And we owe you many thanks
For all the love and care you showed, All the help and sound advice.
And now that you’re hitting fifty, We wish you all the best
For many years of joy ahead
God bless you Ewan – You Are the Best!
Winnie and Stephen
Then there was this poem from my friend Terri Kneipp in Vermont USA, which resonated with me, and co-incided with a visit of our lively great-grand children. It speaks about the beauty of life, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Life is Beautiful
Yesterday…the smell of beignets was wafting through the air
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