Borrow my place

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Borrow my place

I watch them pass, children and adults
Humans of all ages, walking to school.
Skipping, hopping, running,
strolling, marching,
some slowly proceeding.

Just like the tempo of nature itself
we vary our strides, as time goes by.
Girls and boys from four to eleven;
Parents, grandparents, all ages.

All manner of mastering the hill
looking happy this sunny morn.

What delights me most are the bonds I see,
a mother and daughter giggling together,
a father running with his child on the shoulders,
a grandmother with and adoring girl by the hand.

Laughing together.
As do many children whilst skipping ahead.

That is when I feel reporters should borrow my place
by the sunny window, facing the road.
What pictures and stories on the first page,
replacing the grim and the dark.

Fill the papers with vignettes of our daily lives,
There is so much beauty in a smile,
contentment in a bakery or a store.
People sharing lives and caring for one another.

Creating, writing, painting,
planting gardens.
Making homes a place of fun,
of comfort and love.

A sanctuary
A place to just be.

ยฉ miriam ivarson

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65 thoughts on “Borrow my place

  1. What a wonderful idea, to report on all the good in the world, the love across generations, people being kind to one another and having fun. You have a great view, Miriam, even if it’s just the view from your imagination.

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  2. Sharon, it makes me so glad to hear you liking the reporting of the sunny and good in our world. The event, view is real. I would greatly miss not to have any imagination coupled with observation though.

    miriam

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  3. Miriam, I would borrow your place anytime!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ You capture the everyday of the school run with wonder and joy, seeing nuances of the happy faces, the skips, holding hands. I love the idea of harnessing the beauty of this goodness and letting these be the articles sent out by reporters around the world! Allowing the warmth and love of people to lead the stories of the day. Beautiful thoughts, Miriam and as always you move with gentle precision from your personal experience to comment on the condition of the world today. Enjoy your sanctuary and thank you for sharing the sunny side of your road! โค๏ธ

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    • Annika, thank you for your beautiful response to this post. I feel very touched reading it. You are most welcome to “Borrow my place” any time and maybe your experience in early days as a journalist would help you find the way of making an article.
      I am very happy to share ‘the sunny side of the road’ and so glad it touched you. Can we start a small ” Happy News magazine”.
      Thank you also for this comment :
      “move with gentle precision from your personal experience to comment on the condition of the world today. ”
      ๐Ÿค—

      miriam

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  4. Your window seems to be a place of bliss Miriam, I would like to sit with you, sipping warmth of your company and writing poems about the happy people you look at…that’s what poets do, their eyes can create whatever magic they want to see! You mention some lovely bonds, I wish they get deeper, “planting gardens” of everlasting beauty with smiling lilies. Thanks for sharing a heart-warming poem this morning. Love and hugs.

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    • Balroop, thank you for your beautiful and heartwarming comment. I would love to share thoughts, observations and warmth with you. We could create a poem between us, a stanza each whilst sipping morning coffee.
      You observe so astutely about the bonds I mention. May they grow deeper and stronger and sustain.
      Love and hugs to you too Balroop, poet sister.

      miriam

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  5. A beautiful view, Miriam, for those with eyes to see. In the age of Smart Phones that take and share photos of our daily lives on the Internet, we no longer need reporters to “borrow my place / by the sunny window, facing the road.” We can share these stories, as you are doing right now with your poetry.

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    • Rosaliene, thank you so much for your kind comment.
      Indeed we have many tools handy now but here I am using only my reaction
      and feelings.
      I would have loved adding a couple of photos but wouldn’t do that without asking as so many children are involved.
      So, a picture painted with words will have to suffice. ๐Ÿค— .

      miriam

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    • Roland, I do appreciate your comment very much and feel happy that you see this light. We often talk about how light and dark highlight each other.
      Feeling the dark in this world can also make us see all that is light and beautiful.
      Thanks for your comment.

      Miriam

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    • So glad to see you David and thank you for this lovely verse.

      I live in an old village and many relationships do indeed go back far.
      There are grandparents walking children who themselves skipped to
      the same school.
      Even after many years I am a ‘new comer’. ๐Ÿ˜Š .
      Thank you.

      Miriam

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  6. Janice, thank you for this heartwarming compliment. I am so glad you
    found pleasure reading it.
    It seems to me that the creation of any writing is dual; the writer and the reader contribute.

    Miriam

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  7. I agree with you, Miriam, that the reporters should share the happy family lives. Many news have to report the bad and ugly to create tension to attract readers. It shouldn’t be that way. We must find a way to spread happiness.

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    • Thank you Miriam, it makes me so glad to hear this warm comment.
      I have noticed that local newspapers do carry positive stories even on the
      front page. However, the main news definitely revel in the dark and grim.

      Let us all spread some sunshine which I know we try to. ๐ŸŒป .

      miriam

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  8. So very much agree with your thought Miriam. The digital and print media should definitely focus more on positive sunshine rather than grim and toxic news which they like to replay often. The everyday bonding, camaraderie, positive stories will spread more cheer and happiness making this world so beautiful.

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  9. Julie, it really makes me glad that you enjoy this poem. I do believe there are many stories of care and friendship if we but look.
    Yes, I do agree that we carry seeds of light and dark but with daily exposure to light and warmth we will like a plant grow strong and shining.

    miriam

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  10. Thank you Diana, we do indeed need big ‘dollops’ of kindness and care to
    spread light around us. I do agree with you that we have a loving community
    here on WordPress.

    Miriam

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  11. Thank you Chuck for your positive and complimentary comment. I love the
    Bellissimo ๐ŸŒป .
    Sadly it seems that the crashes at the races are most popular. Do we know though. How many papers have tried a positive angle.
    Glad to see you here again.
    Miriam. xoxo

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    • I’m happy you like “Bellissimo” because it appears you will be seeing it often! I’m loving your work! I’m sad I’ve missed so much. Catching up to do!

      Yes, any news outlet trying to have success with “Good News” has failed. Says a lot about humans!
      xoxoxo

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      • Sadly it does not bode well that more human prefer negative to positive.
        Yet everyone seek happiness. Maybe in wrong form.
        Oh, I am quite overwhelmed with your generous bellissimmos…๐Ÿ˜Š .

        Miriam

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