Veranda Understanding


What have we lost…?

I’ll tell you what we have lost

We’ve lost the Veranda

Public space, private soul view

Our partaking

Across the soft growth of Spring

So longed for

And here, just here

Flowering again


In a surprise silence


Spotting enmeshed hearts


Soothed minds


All somewhat clearer

Whilst surveying history


My father and I had some unfinished business

So he took me there

Away, but close

A chance to converge the measure of experience

With the madness of study

Like a shaded magic

Conjuring long overdue balance

In our world of short delights

Of such deafening corrupted noise

To stare out on afternoons that kept evenings at hand

He took me there

To bestow on me friendship again

In books and in bloom

In depth


And standing for a rounded, cheerier knowledge

A still expanse on our understanding

Away from the restless


A 'Yes' to Learning

To Light

To Love


For as we contemplate all that we have lost

The Veranda

The people of wonder


There is this…


That today I woke

And again I have the keys

            (for Brian Matthew Monaghan - Love Always)

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