bryan wallace


Rebirth


A wave rolls to the shoreline,
Then a short gap - soon replaced by another.
Nature endlessly regenerates.

The ash tree buds in the springtime
Growing leaves in summer that whither in autumn
Rests and recuperates in winter - then re-buds.
Nature endlessly regenerates.

The snowdrop forces it's way through winter frost -
It's pretty white bloom to show.
It dies away, the bulb rests - recuperates in the earth,
In the New Year it re-grows again.
Nature endlessly regenerates.

The young calf drinks its mother's milk,
The cow's udder is re-filled -
Again, and again.
Nature endlessly regenerates.

Every cell of every living thing,
Is repeatedly dying -
Then taking a rest.
Repeatedly being reborn -
Then taking a rest.
Repeatedly dying again -
Then taking a rest.
Nature endlessly regenerates.

Sometimes living things get ill -
Often caused by external stresses.
If not removed - these added stresses -
Cause harmful cells to grow.
The growth of harmful cells -
Distort nature's cycle of regeneration -
Causing destruction from within.

But is the same not true of our minds?
Endless thoughts come and go.
Some helpful - some harmful -
To ourselves and to others.
If we don't rest our brain
And challenge these harmful thoughts,
They grow and multiply -
Causing cancer of the mind
Breaking our spirit -
Causing disease and destruction -
Destroying us from within.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Edited: Monday, August 11, 2014

Topic of this poem: life


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