A Small Steadying Sail of Love: a small book of poetry
On the back of the cover, poet, Nancy Gibbs Richards writes: “When a sailboat is in dangerously heavy weather,all the sails that move the boat forward are taken down, and a very small storm or steadying sail is raised. The purpose of this small sail is not forward motion, but to keep the boat headed into the wind so that it will not capsize. It is my hope that, for you, who open the pages of this book, these words and images will become a small steadying sail of love in your journey through life.”
This book came to me one poem at a time, from a friend, when I was in rough waters, followed by the actual book a few weeks later. The seven poems I have copied out for you here, are amongst my most favourite and I have photos from my library to accompany them. These small verses truly were my steadying sail for a time and I was grateful to have received them. This season is not joyful for everyone. There are many where the lights and good cheer exacerbate their deeply personal sorrows. I am thinking of you, in particular, as I write this post.
All except one of the poems is untitled and I pass these gentle words on to you. They are short little poems so it will take you only a few moments to read them. If one speaks to you, copy it out and read it again. For those who need them, may they be a balm for your spirit.
On seas of grief, my boat and I weather storms of terrible sorrow with a small steadying sail of love.
There is evidence
threaded throughout my life story
that I have been strengthened and guided at every turning.
Now is the time to trust
that this will continue to be true.
or heal another’s hurts,
but I can offer
one small act of kindness
at a time.
and not knowing
how things will unfold,
may you find a pool of calm,
a place of peace and rest
deep within your soul.
It is a challenge to accept the truth of what no longer is possible and yet embrace all that still can be.
This also is true:
it may be possible
to meet in a place of tenderness
with a person
whose troubles trouble you.
We are separated by the wild river
of all that is unspoken.
With this small rock
I throw the first line across.
Tie it securely.
Let the building of the bridge begin.
1) Thanks to Shutterfly for the banner image which I love, and to Gottfried’s library for the rest.
2:) Sometimes we just need a word to carry on. I think that is why I find these tiny poems so helpful. Just a few words that I can resonate with and I am forever grateful to my friend for sending them to me. I first wrote about this in 2018. This small book seems to be available in used books. I find Thrifty books (US site) to be helpful and well-priced for Canadians.
3:) Here is a song of consolation and wonderful humour. Hopefully, it will remind us all to lighten up, relax and take a nap. And at the very least to be kind to ourselves and everyone else. We are doing the best we can, with what we know and within the circumstances that we find ourselves, and that is enough. Unworthy by Cheryl Wheeler
4:) Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read these words. You, dear readers, make my life better. May all manner of things be well with you. With gratitude, Trudy