A Poem For Troubled Times by Alexander McCall Smith

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I am not a big poetry fan, but these words from Alexander McCall Smith (author of the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" book series) touched my heart and soul. I am sharing this to encourage others during these dark and lonely times. Thank you for this heartfelt poem.
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These are very difficult times for so many. I have written a poem especially for this moment. It comes to you with my warmest wishes, and my hope that you are keeping well. AMcS http://alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/news/poem/ http://alexandermccallsmith.com/news/poem/
 
 
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These are very difficult times for so many. I have been very touched by the messages that I have received from readers, many of whom are isolated now and are renewing their friendship with Mma Ramotswe and the others. I have written a poem especially for this moment, and the text is below. It comes to you with my warmest wishes, and my hope that you are keeping well. AMcS


In a time of distance

The unexpected always happens in the way

The unexpected has always occurred:

While we are doing something else,

While we are thinking of altogether

Different things – matters that events

Then show to be every bit as unimportant

As our human concerns so often are;

And then, with the unexpected upon us,

We look at one another with a sort of surprise;

How could things possibly turn out this way

When we are so competent, so pleased

With the elaborate systems we’ve created –

Networks and satellites, intelligent machines,

Pills for every eventuality – except this one?

And so we turn again to face one another

And discover those things

We had almost forgotten,

But that, mercifully, are still there:

Love and friendship, not just for those

To whom we are closest, but also for those

Whom we do not know and of whom

Perhaps we have in the past been frightened;

The words brother and sister, powerful still,

Are brought out, dusted down,

Found to be still capable of expressing

What we feel for others, that precise concern;

Joined together in adversity

We discover things we had put aside:

Old board games with obscure rules,

Books we had been meaning to read,

Letters we had intended to write,

Things we had thought we might say

But for which we never found the time;

And from these discoveries of self, of time,

There comes a new realisation

That we have been in too much of hurry,

That we have misused our fragile world,

That we have forgotten the claims of others

Who have been left behind;

We find that out in our seclusion,

In our silence; we commit ourselves afresh,

We look for a few bars of song

That we used to sing together,

A long time ago; we give what we can,

We wait, knowing that when this is over

A lot of us – not all perhaps – but most,

Will be slightly different people,

And our world, though diminished,

Will be much bigger, its beauty revealed afresh.

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Hi Michelle,  Thanks for sharing this poem by Alexander McCall Smith.  It really does touch us deeply in this time of crisis.

Mar 21, 2020 07:31 PM #1
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This is such a weird time that I have no thing I can add to that one. Love and light!

Mar 21, 2020 09:57 PM #2
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Morning Michelle.

It sure has had an effect on every market, regardless of what you do for a living.  On the real estate side in our area, homes are still being viewed, sales are going on almost like this virus is just a memory.

Mar 22, 2020 01:38 AM #3
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Good morning Michelle. For those always too busy to ponder, now is the time. Enjoy your day!

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Good morning, MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 we all need to make the best of this horrific situation.... and as Wayne said, it's an ideal time to meditate and be mindful.... we are forced to "stop" and be still.... take advantage of it.

Mar 22, 2020 05:27 AM #5
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Hi all,

Thank you for both reading and commenting on this lovely and heartfelt poem by Alexander McCall Smith.

Mar 22, 2020 12:46 PM #6
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and the rather amazing thing is that we still need this poem nearly a year later!

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Hi Michelle- and thank you Lise Howe for reblogging this. I have read the poem and it is moving. 

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