The storm rages on,

beating brows and bending backs

like trees in the wind, swaying

else they may snap.


Collars pulled tight and

heads bowed down,

never daring to look up

at the deluge all around.


Through gloomy days

and long cold nights,

through the turmoil of life

and though we may fight,


our journeys start the same,

with a foot outside the door;

one following the other

across ever changing floors.


Fighting forces

we can barely even see,

pushing ourselves

in our efforts to be free.


Holding desperate hands

lest we be pulled apart,

breaking the chains

that hold desperate hearts.


The strongest lead the way

against the howling winds,

offering protection

to both kith and kin.


Carrying the elderly;

the infirm and weak.

Never needing to be asked

nor even to speak.


As one we must survive,

achieving glorious ends,

to build our lives in harmony

with family and friends.


To live as one community,

offering help to one and all.

Together we will soar

instead of a steady fall.


Keep a candle burning bright

in the window by the door,

so as we emerge from the darkness

we will know where to go.


When the wind is howling

and the snow dust’s our feet,

we’ll see your glowing beacon

and know you’re there to greet.


Written by Darren Scanlon, 16th September 2014.

This revised version written 1st April 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Lovely, lovely Darren. You speak to truth in such a descriptive way.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Many thanks, Noelle.


  2. Olga says:

    Your 4th verse is brilliant, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Poli Impelli says:

    Keep it burning! Loved it ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Poli, will do.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Wonderful poem Darren Keep the candle burning bright my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Sue, will do. Keep Smiling 😊


  5. therese wright says:

    Fabulous poem. Flows well capturing the essence of true meaning. A lovely read.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Therese.


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