Words for an occasion

Words for an occasion

This is not a world
      in which all things fade
most things don’t
      most things remain
or return from time to time
      feelings for example
love for example
      beauty for example

all that endures
      in time and space
the abiding coordinates
      which hold our existence
in place and bind us to our doing
      the free mind
that roams through
      fields of thought
that sails the seven seas
      of the imagination
rooted in the significances
      we create around us

fleeting flowers are there
      to remind us to keep our nerve
to trust in certain durabilities
      and rich pluralities
to be endlessly inventive
      within our time
and within our space
      and to love naturally 
for all we are worth

John Lyons

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