Connections brought me in touch with a poet from Eastern Washington, Charlie Hopkins. I found that several of his poems describe work, workers, the aches and pains of growing older and the ties that bind us all together. The following poem caught my eye:
MORNING PRAYER FOR CAROL
“Everything that touches you.” The Association
May she sleep well at night.
Wake without pain in her shoulder.
May her knee and hip not cry out, bringing her too soon
to this world.
May blue jays speak respectfully at her windows.
Let there be peace in her morning contemplation
a perfect cup of coffee in her hand.
May Carol enjoy everything she sees and hears, everything she touches
May she always delight in the face she sees in her mirror.
Let the first incident of the day that would disturb her peace
Let her go at her own pace and never tire of beauty.
May beauty flow in her as mercy and as a joyful song.
May she enjoy her garden as she does her flying dreams.
May there always be harmony between us and trust and may our eyes
be creased with smiling.
You can find more of Mr. Hopkins work on his blog, “The Flood Plain – Poems by Charlie Hopkins” and in a published collection of his work, “I Need To Feel You Every Moment In My Heart”, available on lulu.com.
Sometimes, you meet the right person at the right time, even on the internet.