Grace and Dignity

13: Natural History

13: Natural History (Photo credit: practicalowl)

he said he missed the years
that strode by humming
with visions of gain

he said change strode in
and in an instant
the drill changed

he knows it’s time to buckle down
and navigate his hardships
with grace and with dignity

Written for The Sunday Whirl.  The words this week are buckle, gain, miss, instant, navigate, grace, visions, humming, drill, dignity, years, and stride.

About Sabra Bowers

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39 Responses to Grace and Dignity

  1. jae rose says:

    Yes..sometimes we have to buckle down and get on with it..i love the addition of the photo..almost like hearing his resolve..which is definitely set in his face and posture..

  2. Irene says:

    I like “in an instant the drill changed”.

  3. Sabra Bowers says:

    Thank you for your visit and comment, Irene. 🙂

  4. Such a powerful poem! There is often so much pain which prompts the resolve to change and to finally face life with dignity. I can relate.

  5. Veronica Roth says:

    Nicely done Sabra. I love the spirit of determination in this poem. Life changes, doesn’t it? And we have to change with it. Dunkirk spirit and all that. 🙂

  6. julespaige says:

    Hard to have grace and dignity after living a long life and then being tucked in a small room and having to have aide with practically every move you make (regards to a relative). But I guess if you’ve done your best up until you were 90 – you live with the changes afforded to you. Sometimes choice isn’t as obvious as it seems.

    Remembering my own ‘drills’ and having to use my imagination to envision what the ‘drills’ of the future will bring to our youth. Thanks a strong and thoughtful piece.

    • Sabra Bowers says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Jules. I think it is the wisdom we all hope comes with aging that allows many seniors to live with grace and dignity even under very difficult situations. I do agree about choice not being as obvious as it seems. Enjoyed your visit!

  7. nan says:

    a story of wisdom learned, told well. I like the style – repetition of “he says, he says, he knows…” as opening lines — very effective.

  8. Pamela says:

    This is a wonderful message. Kudos to you for using all the words, Sabra.


  9. Amy says:

    May we all have grace and dignity.

    Lovely poem, Sabra. I really like it.

  10. Claudsy says:

    Beautifully done, Sabra. It tells of one person’s life, inner and outer in three short stanzas. Good for you.

  11. 1sojournal says:

    There is much to like about this piece: the economy, directness, and wisdom from within. Also liked how the photo seemed made for these words.


  12. I can understand missing those years “that strode by humming”, but I guess at some point we do have to buckle down.

  13. Old Egg says:

    I read this differently being Armistice day that the soldier with the war over is contemplating life after that trial; what has in fact been won and if his family are still alive.

  14. “navigate his hardships
    with grace and with dignity” ~ not so easy, not everyone able to do it ~ thoughtful write

  15. How one meets life’s challenges is the measure of their character.

  16. There are so many ways to interpret this….I see old age, or a released prisoner. Lovely work. I couldn’t pull anything out this weekend. It was time for me to cocoon myself a bit. 😉

  17. annell4 says:

    I like it! Grace and dignity.

  18. Erin says:

    Very nice, shame about all the have to’s in life!

  19. If only navigating hardships was that simple!

  20. ms pie says:

    it’s a man’s choice freedom from fighting oneself….sincere thoughts rising from the depths…a feeling of release from the tensions and moving onward…beautifully written….

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