Friday, 16 September 2011

Dust of Snow

Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

The way a crow 
Shook down on me
The dust of snow 
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart 
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

To rue: To be sorry for, to wish not to have been, to regret.

There have been many days in the last month which I have rued. There has been much sadness, much pain. I struggle to understand what I am responsible for and what is not mine to carry. I cannot control how others respond, what they choose to think or how they choose to act. I remember a time when someone I loved called me from another country: she was in despair. I spoke with her for a long time, listened and consoled. After the conversation, I felt guilty settling down to watch a comedy, I felt as if it were wrong to laugh. But I cannot live in a state of sadness because others are sad. I care, and I listen, and I make amends if it is my responsibility and within my power to do so. But I can choose to live my life, to laugh, to be excited and to see the sun coming out from behind the clouds.

1 comment:

Jane D. said...

what a beautiful Poem, thinking and praying for you always x x x