Sometimes we find simple steps for living life in unexpected places. Simplifying life not only means learning how to take care of your home and your stuff, or learning how to do things like budgeting and meal plans. Simplifying life can mean learning how to quiet your soul and seek peace and solitude. For some this might mean prayer, for some it might just mean taking 30 minutes to watch a silly TV show to get your mind off of every day stress. For me, sometimes it means reading and writing poetry.
I have always enjoyed reading and writing poetry. My favorite comes from a collection of poems by Shelley that was my grandfather’s mothers and then his and now mine. He gave me a couple books like this when I was in high school and I have always treasured them. He used to write poetry too although no one is sure what he did with all his writings at the end of his life. Luckily, one was found by a family member and given to me and I treasure it…
I stand at the edge of a current
That is deeper by far than the sea
and the storm battered craft of every draft
comes in to be healed by me
Some have more sin than fever
and some more grief than pain
Lord help me make whole
Both body and soul
Before they go out again
I miss my grandpa. But I am so glad to have a glimpse of his soul through his pen.