When all about you by Ceinwen Elizabeth Cariad Haydon

 after Rudyard Kipling


are blaming you

trust yourself

make allowance.


And, if you speak,

talk wise words,

make dreams

of your own truths

learnt from the things

you gave your life to build.


You can pitch and toss

in stormy waters and

breathe when you are so weary

and there is nothing in you

except your hurt and longing

for a better world.


You can fill the earth

with eggs of hope

incubated in secret places,

watch them hatch under strong wings

in nests built by your sisters and brothers.


And you’ll die knowing good goes on.

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