the more things change, the more things stay the same

The rains come
and go,
just like you would know.

The sun rises and sets,
sparking color across the sky.
There are bird songs
and dragonflies
and apple trees
and brambles
of blackberries draped
on wire fences.

Roses bloom in the graveyard,
dipping their heads on the stones.
And honeysuckle confounds the bees
dancing for their supper.

The constellations drift
across the deep blue sky
as the bright planets
move from evening to morning,
day to week,
month to year.

There are
wars and rumors of wars,
plagues and disasters-
the rich just get richer
and the rest of us-

we do what we always have done
from the beginning of time.

We love and help,
feed and clothe,
take care of our own
and those that have no one else,
we take care of them too.

And the rains,
they come
and go-
they come and go.

26 thoughts on “the more things change, the more things stay the same

  1. So true.. as i look out my back window and step outside into nature’s ways aWay from the city.. country life comes true.. that forgets all the toils and troubles that real human witches and warlocks cook up to brew.. this illusion.. this human nightmare.. is never true.. whEre Birds fly free.. Squirrels frolic.. and Butterflies and BEES sing.. and float.. wHere i dance step too.. in the sands of MOTHER NATURE TRUE! simply alive and FREE!..:)

  2. I can see how this might be a comforting view of the future – that some things never change. But then you mention the good and the bad together and the revolutionary part of me is saying: ‘But why can’t we change some of the bad, unjust things?’ A poem filled with resignation, I thought. And also reassurance.

    • I hope it is not a poem of resignation rather one of reassurance in natures resilience as well as our own. I hope no matter the technologies and advances of the future, we will still enjoy each other as well as the beauty of natures continuing creation. Thanks!

  3. The rains will come & go, in the past and in the future ~ I love the wisdom that some things never change but that we love and help and take care of others ~ The goodness and kindness here lifts me up and makes me optimistic of the future ~ Thanks Kathleen ~

  4. Oh how I LOVE this. A vision of the future as comforting as the warmth of today. After some of us scared ourselves over our projections, it is sweet relief to read your words. I especially love the bees dancing for their supper. Adorable.

  5. Ah, the wars and rumors of wars. So was it in the past, is it in the present, and undoubtedly will be in the future. And the rains come and go, metaphorically as well as not!

  6. We love and help,
    feed and clothe,
    take care of our own
    and those that have no one else…. you know… i loved that part esp. – and if we do this in the future still, i’m good with it

  7. so the world has not changed much….though if the wars and rumors of wars keep coming
    perhaps hope is not too far away….but until then, we help, love and feed the sheep….smiles.

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