Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Years

From Blog09

The years
    dry leaves
blow by and disappear
    into the compost
    of faded glory
but fertilize
    next spring's dreams--
    dreams now still acorns
of the mighty oaks
in the forest of God's providence

So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
--Psalm 90:12, NKJV

17 comments:

willow said...

I like the notion of the passing years fueling our dreams. Nice piece, Jim.

Helen said...

The circle of life ... lovely Magpie!

Kristen Haskell said...

Beautiful poem.

Jim Swindle said...

Willow and Kristen, thanks for the encouragement.
Helen, thanks for the comment. I see life not as a circle, but as more of a spiral with a beginning and an ending. I'm closer to the ending than to the beginning. Realizing that helps me be a bit wiser as I prepare for eternity (though in myself I'm certainly not adequate to prepare for eternity). Again, thanks for the comment.

Lyn said...

Nature can't be beat..ever lasting..really liked the flow of your lovely poem...

Reflections said...

Nicely done, and don't always the passing years give way to our dreams of the future.

kathi harris said...

Luv the idea of the dead leaves being rich fodder for our dreams.

Jim Swindle said...

Lyn and Reflections and Kathi Harris, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

anacronk said...

Even in faded glory life has meaning. Awesome!

Carrie Burtt said...

Lovely expression of life here Jim...beautiful! :-)

Jim Swindle said...

Anacronk, yes! I'm not sure I had that it mind, but it's very true.
Carrie, I'm really glad you like it.

Terresa said...

Ooh, great work, a short piece but powerful.

I liked the idea of leaves fertilizing next spring's dreams.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

lovely
and may we all be blessed with wisdom, grace and strength

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, very nice!

Jim Swindle said...

Terresa, thanks. Glad you enjoyed the fertilization of dreams.
Rene, wisdom, strength and grace are three continual needs, aren't they!
Tumblewords, thanks for the encouragement.

Jingle said...

lovely!

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Jingle.