Through ancient winter streets I trod
My collar tight and scarfed below
In February’s Ghent, where waits
For travellers who’ve seen it all, a shock:
A vivid blue on winter water show
Reminding us that in this place
Though old beyond our knowing
Is found a will of restful blue
A lesson, then, for those whose fear
And hatred is their only growing
Blue birds of light in howling winds
May quiet reflection be your song
Drink deep Europa’s peaceful art
Bid those who ride the bull to war,
Become blue children who belong.
Stephen Tanham is a director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, a not-for-profit organisation that helps people find a personal path to a deeper place within their internal and external lives.
The Silent Eye provides home-based, practical courses which are low-cost and personally supervised. The course materials and corresponding supervision are provided month by month without further commitment.
You’ll find friends, poetry, literature and photography there…and some great guest posts on related topics.