Circus


By Liam Flanagan

Photo by Max Letek on Unsplash

Roll Up Roll Up
Boy do we have some entertainment for you today
A ringmaster from Cork
A teacher by trade
No qualification to run the country I’m afraid
A health minister juggling many balls in the air
Trying to convince he is going to get us through this nightmare
The Greens are walking a tightrope
Balancing calamity with messages of hope
Leo is yearning for a night on the town
Realizing now he is surrounded by a bunch of clowns
Mary Lou is doing acrobatics to avoid any blame
Yet the situation up North is to their eternal shame
So spring is here we are all staying home
Like trained animals in our cages
Whilst all around us the virus spreads and rages

Say The Word


Written By Liam Flanagan

Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

Stress 

My minds in a mess

Everything is upside down and back to front

Trump 

Off you go to the Florida keys

Keep hitting those wayward drives off the tees!

Complications with the vaccine

Teens

Worried about their exams

Sick of attending the classroom with their video cams

United top of the league!

A season with no fans providing some intrigue

A time in history parallel with no other

Mothers 

Home schooling the kids whilst trying to avoid blowing their lids

Everybody hoping and praying this will be all over

Laughter and smiles are as rare as a four leaved clover!

Find Margin


Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Pause when options and crises come

take time to evaluate what serves you

immediate response is not necessary

if it is not life or death

Breathe deeply and slowly

gather yourself and your thoughts

breathe through decisions

not made in haste

Ponder the why of your response

does it serve you or is it serving others only

is it necessary or is it because you choose

examine and ask questions

Choose wisely and for yourself

will it provide margin or take it away

what will the choice require of you

are you enabling others or building resilience

Do what you can with margin

responses should not push you over the edge

they should not be assumed or expected

find and protect your margin

Humanity


By Liam Flanagan

Sanity allows us to stay in touch with reality

Sometimes feeling like we are surfing a wave

Other times just a desire to stay in the cave

Each and everyone of us contemplating our existence 

We have provided so much resistance 

Yet this virus remains unrelenting and persistent 

Our conscience is with the vulnerable and the elderly 

Incredibly  

Something has arrived to put their whole lives in jeopardy 

All we can do now is to hope and pray

An effective vaccine will come along to save the day

Let It Go


Photo by Gianandrea Villa on Unsplash

End of the year is here

new one on the horizon

moving forward to the future

leaving 2020 behind

Ever hopeful

we reach out

for better days ahead

with waiting hearts

Optimism abounds

hoping for change

looking for light

at the end of the tunnel

New year arrives

bringing a chance for miracles

and possibly something closer

to normal

Another year come and gone

with highs and lows

we move ahead

and try to let it go

In Silent Night Of Christmas


By Robin McNamara

The silent night crisped the air
With white stillness. 
Although; this Christmas can’t 
compare to ones gone before.
The fire awaits and the lights 
Are on neighboring houses,
Windows smiling with light.
We tell the story of a Bethlehem 
Journey, that we need now
More than ever before.
Silent Night fills the air,
The holidays seem to be the 
Only thing we can embrace, 
In a time of gloves and masks 
And uncertainty of family gatherings. 
This Christmas will not compare 
To ones to come and ones gone.

Shooting Stars


Photo by Austin Schmid on Unsplash


So briefly we shine

streaking through this life

bright lights

here and gone

Rushing into and out of

lives of others

some see us

some do not

For some our light

lives on

in their hearts

pieces of our matter remains

For others

they never know

that we were even

here

Each of us

bright shining stars

burning hot moving fast

beautiful

Not Alone


Photo by Christopher Beloch on Unsplash

In a world of no margin

we can feel very alone

struggling against the world

ever increasingly stressful

But what if I told you

that a single word or deed

of kindness towards another

could mean survival

So many are on the precipice

of giving up hope

giving up their lives

giving in to sadness and grief

Loss of normalcy

isolation

death of life

as they knew it

One word one deed

of true kindness to another

just to show

they are not alone

Creating Gratitude


Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash

Words of thanks

written, spoken, thought

for things big for things small

creating gratitude for them all

Filling your mind

with thankful things

creating a universe

that receives and then gives

Continually creating

with thankful hearts

karma of gratitude

returning greater

Breathe out gratitude

breathe in blessings

expand your universe

creating gratitude

Read my blog this week entitled Creating A Universe Of Gratitude

Tired


Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

So tired these days

in so many ways

in body, in spirit, in mind

peace is hard to find

So much pressing in

spreading me thin

another task on the pile

just want to rest awhile

So much noise all around

hate and division abound

everyone feels out of control

can I just crawl into a hole

So many clients seen every week

my voice tired so hard to speak

try to help them feel stronger

not sure I can any longer

So tired every day

in every conceivable way

hoping for something to lighten the load

to keep on walking down this road

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