When My Mind is Still

 

When My Mind is Still

by Paul Beattie  

  

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I remember things too easily forgotten:
The purity of early love,
The maturity of unselfish love that asks —
desires — nothing but another’s good,
The idealism that has persisted through all the tempest of life.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can sense my basic humanity,
And then I know that all men and women are my brothers and sisters.
Nothing but my own fear and distrust can separate me from the love of friends.
If I can trust others, accept them, enjoy them,
Then my life shall surely be richer and more full.
If I can accept others, this will help them to be more truly themselves,
And they will be more able to accept me.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I know how much life has given me:
The history of the race, friends and family,
The opportunity to work, the chance to build myself.
Then wells within me the urge to live more abundantly,
With greater trust and joy,
With more profound seriousness and earnest service,
And yet more calmly at the heart of life.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gill.
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 10:47:29

    Lovely poem Rhonda. Hope you are having a good day, hugs xx

    Reply

  2. ஐ-Maria-ஐ
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 10:50:50

    What a beautiful poem Rhonda,have you write it yourself?Have a nice afternoon and evening,love from,Maria.

    Reply

  3. Beth
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 13:18:54

    Beautiful poem. Thank you.

    Reply

  4. ★ Crystal Tears ★
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 13:43:39

    Lovely Poem Rhonda, thank you for sharing it with us.love n hugs Mo xxxx

    Reply

  5. Joe
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 14:10:56

    Delightful my friend, thank you.

    Reply

  6. Princess
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 14:28:49

    Yo Rhonda, Beautiful poem. Hope u have a lovely resta day, Luv PF XXX

    Reply

  7. m60a3
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 15:41:07

    Wow Rhonda I guess I should maybe pick up a few books on poets, this is restful to the soul Peace to You and EmmaMark

    Reply

  8. Adrian
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 00:10:47

    As usual Rhonda, very insightful and helpful. Thanks for sharing.Adrian

    Reply

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