I enjoy sharing other people’s thoughts on meditation and quiet, reflective time, so was delighted when I stumbled upon a website featuring the poems of the late Jim Metcalf, the unofficial poet-laureate of New Orleans.   He has a lovely way with words and if you’re interested in reading poetry accompanied by beautiful soothing music, then do pay a visit to the site (see below for link).

I hope you enjoy this poem of his, and take time to ponder the thoughts behind it.

Before I Sleep

If I have let this day pass by
and can’t remember something good about it,
then I have been ungrateful
and I beg forgiveness.

If I have been involved too much with me…
my wants and woes, to see the beauty that surrounds me,
then I have played the fool and I am sorry.

If I have not stretched out my hands
to loved ones to show them that I care,
then I have been unfeeling and I am ashamed.

If I have failed to help when it was needed,
yet asked others to help me
then I have been selfish and I apologize.

If I have not seen the face of God
reflected in a million ways and places,
then I have been blind and I ask for another chance
to try again tomorrow.

Jim Metcalf

Do you have a favourite poem or know of a good website for meditative reflections for your quiet time?  If so, I would love to hear from you.



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Jane is an avid birder and nature enthusiast, whose deep love for travel, camping and exploring the natural world knows no bounds. Assisted by her nature-loving husband, Rob, a skilled photographer, they form a dynamic duo dedicated to visiting remote and breathtaking landscapes. With their camera lenses as their creative instruments, they capture the beauty of birds and wildlife, all while advocating tirelessly for conservation.

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