Friday, 16 August 2019

The Good Ones - a tanka prose piece


I have come to realize that I choose, how I wish to be in this world ... more, by the influence of what I don't like in others ... than by, what I admire in fellow human beings.

What I do like about others, wraps me in a blanket of calm positive energy. It is as comfortable and safe as life can be, at any given time ... it fits ... and it is as natural as breathing.

I don't bristle ... I don't imagine myself being beamed sci-fi – entifically away ... Words like 'narcissist' and 'control-freak' and 'greed' don't pop into my head like crossword solutions ... And I don't feel my heart sink as I put-it-together:  I've just come upon, yet another one, who doesn't have a heart.

The simple truth is ... it is easy to take the goodness in good people for granted ... until ... their steady, pleasant, empathetic, honest, inclusive presence ... is no longer there.

Then... as if intrinsic to the character of the like-minded souls that remain ... IT IS THERE.  And so, they seek each other out ... knowing who they are ... even as benevolence is as unobtrusive as the sky ... they know who they are ... for they have felt it from their earliest acquaintance ... though, it passed without conscious thought ... still ... they know who they are ... as they come together ... away from the others ... the ones who know nothing of kindness and love ... and tell each other

"We lost one of the good ones.”

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 in the way of humankind ...
when it becomes known
a light has gone out -
the power of love
is at its most illuminating

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photo: Two of the Good Ones (This is a picture I took in 2013 of my husband, Mike, rocking our Grandson to sleep.)  - W. Bourke

©  2019 Wendy Bourke


16 comments:

  1. Such a tender write - and wonderful photo

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  2. Such truth in this poem, Wendy. It is good to realize that we choose who we are in the world. Sometimes we forget that. And, yes, it is easy to take the good in others for granted until we don't have that person any more in our lives. We must learn to reflect on that good more often, and let the other know on occasion the good that we see while we still have the chance. A wonderfully reflective write.

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  3. You're so right..we take the goodness for granted and seem to react only to the worst in humanity. Time to acknowledge and be grateful for the good ones!

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  4. "it is easy to take the goodness in good people for granted"...that is so true!

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  5. It is always sad when a light has gone out in a world so in need of it. Like Mary, I like the lines about us choosing how we are in this world. And i LOVE the sweet photo!

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  6. I wonder how often we take the goodness for granted... and only when it's gone (in one way or other) we see the void it has left...

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  7. I agree with Bjorn. We take it for granted too often. Weep for the good ones when they leave, but let us remember that we all have the ability to choose to act in a way that enriches our world.

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  8. Every word you have written here has run through me, a wave of emotion. It's so true, these lights are everywhere around us and within us. Your verse is devastatingly beautiful. "The power of love is at its most illuminating". Perhaps we can make better choices, and allow that illumination while we are still by each others' sides.

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  9. This is incredibly evocative. Sadly we take others for granted too often .. I know I have in my past. Nowadays I have learned to give more and love more fiercely 💜💜💜

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  10. I agree about taking goodness for granted, weeping when it’s gone, and remembering to do good ourselves.

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  11. Too often we take goodness for granted, accepting it as our due. Then we weep when it is gone. Hopefully we will carry one the good we have been taught.

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  12. An interesting perspective on how to decide who you are--I am often brought up short more by hearing things that could have come out of my mouth that I am fervently glad didn't.

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  13. It's always a shock when an act of kindness is highlighted in the media. You're right- we do take it for granted. Lovely write!

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  14. Sadly we have chosen to urbanise ourselves after so many thousand years. It has not made us better people, but more wary, suspicious and untrusting. It was better in cave man days when we all huddled in the cave together and relied on each other far more.

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  15. Yes i deed the power of love will shine through every darkness
    Happy you dropped by my sumie Sunday Wendy

    Much❤🕊❤love

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  16. There are a few people in my life who I always thank for being exactly who they are. Most of them look at me like I've just lost it, and say things like, "But that is just what anyone should do." And I thank them again. Not just for being good and human, but also for not realizing just how incredible they are.

    Goodness, especially when it isn't loud and flashy, goes unacknowledged much too often, for much too long... I hope more of us can let them know just how much they mean to us before the light goes out.

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