Thursday, January 1, 2009

Let’s Have a Super Great 2009!!!

We’ve been really lucky, in London, this winter. We’ve actually had snow on the ground for both christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Joanne and I woke up to a few inches of the white fluffy stuff, yesterday. She wasn’t needed at her work so we both had the day off. After morning teas, driveway shoveling, taking care of the neighbour’s dog and a late but yummy breakfast, we wondered what we were going to do for the afternoon. Koly helped us make our decision… yes, he wanted to go for a family walk – and we did.

Dogs have it really good in our city. There are many parks and back trails and bike paths to choose from. We have several choices everytime we head out for a walk.

The Thames Park is one of our favourite parks to go to. It’s so spacious, with lots of room for Koly to chase sticks and frisbees – and in the winter – snowballs.

Later, when we had warmed up from the winter winds, I began to think of how I would begin my first blog of 2009. I rummaged through one of my poetry books and I found a poem that I wrote just before the beginning of the new millenium.

PEACE-FIRE (Thoughts For The New Millennium)

This world has changed in so many ways
Restructuring continental shifts
Each movement can be measured in days
Rising mountains create musical rifts
The tides of time ebb and flow
Harmonizing universal rapture
Filling the spaces between the flowers that grow
If only my imagination could capture
The heartbeat, the pulse, the vibrations that liberate
Tearing body from mind from mesmerizing state
Then, maybe, I’d know that it is not too late
To build a guild and have the whole world celebrate
A Peace-Fire.

This world is changing
Though we’re feeling quite blasé
For history walks a slow line forward
Never forgetting a single grave
The old, the young, the guilty and the framed
The trees, the rivers, the poison
The fish, the bugs and those who don’t feel the need to explain
About this home, our Earth
Being a garden mausoleum
Though cycles revolve
And species evolve
And life is always as it would
Does this dissolve
Us from trying really hard
To create a Peace-Fire uniting all humanhood?
With no more hatred, no more greed
Let’s share with each other and make amends
For when it is time to plant tomorrow’s love seed
We’ll need all to lend a helping hand.

Jim Kogelheide

From my family to yours – wishing you all the comfort that peace of mind brings