Hidden tears in a jar of clay
Rotten bones in a palace
Cold hearts in a sandstorm
Hopes are eaten in a day
Shadows of the past redeemed
Shame dancing for free
What else can go wrong?
Sorrows have the strength of a fig
Hopes the leg of iron
Hearts live forever in the dreams of men
Air is free and unshakable
Earth will regrow.
Everyone you meet is fighting a secret battle. Let’s be kind.S.S.David
The poems above are a series of contrasts and paradoxes which show the fragility of human existence and the assertion that we are all subject to eventual death, despite our best efforts to protect ourselves. And if we know that, shouldn’t that inform how we live? Shouldn’t we be kind to ourselves and others? Knowing that one day, we’ll move on from this part of heaven?
The second part of the stanza reveals themes of strength and resilience in the face of sorrow and adversity, and after destruction or decay, new growth and life will emerge. This poem played into the unfolding tragedy in Turkey and Syria, where over 17,000 people have sadly died. I know the raw emotions and despair of losing a loved one, but time heals all wounds, and I pray that anyone reading this will hold on to hope despite their adverse circumstances.
My love and prayers to the people of Turkey, Syria, Ukraine, and other parts of the world where there are suffering. Everyone is fighting a secret battle, let’s be kind.
Earth will regrow, and the sun will shine again.
Much love, always. 🙂