A Poem For Troubled Times by Alexander McCall Smith

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I love reading the books by Alexander McCall Smith - the Number One Detective Agency and Mma Ramotswe - but I didn't realize that he was also a poet!  Here is a poem which was posted in mid-March of last year - for the difficult times we were going through then.  The poem is absolutely spot on - we all have had to slow down a little bit, remember the rules to old board games, write a few letters, discover old friends - and we are still learning!  I remember last March that we thought it would just be a short inconvenience - Ha! but we are still surviving - and earning - and enjoying - even if in a new way - Please be sure to visit MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 to comment too.

Original content by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 DRE# 00901962 Lic.1985
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.

Aloha & God Bless You, 

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Comments (5)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Lise.

Never heard of the poet until now.  Interesting, I follow Michelle, but missed this one, thanks for the re-blog

Jan 26, 2021 12:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lise,

I have read all of his books in series, and my favorite is "My Italian Tractor".  What a nice poem, glad you re-blogged it. A

Jan 26, 2021 07:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I am so glad you reblogged this, Lise!!!! I'll head there now. 

Jan 26, 2021 06:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Lise, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Jan 27, 2021 06:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, great choice for a reblog, and did not know he wrote poems either!  

Jan 30, 2021 07:00 AM