In July, we introduced you to the poetry of Barbara Stoughton. This Southern Pines retirement home resident processes her change from independent living to a new way of life through verse, and we at OutreachNC are pleased to share her poetry. Pour yourself a cup of tea, take a deep breath, and read on.
“A Plea to Cardinals”
Today, I see the cardinals fly.
But now – this contrary feeling,
nd the waywardness –
in the constant missing
of my past way of living,
that was woven freely
in the open air, I could breathe.
Must I now learn complacency,
just so I can fit inside?
Can I take my imagination
Into this new way of living?
I don’t see how to prevent its being.
I’ll have to fit it in somehow.
So in fitting in, I can breathe more freely.
Perhaps the cardinals flying by
can show me how.
I’ll just fly with them awhile.
From an artist getting used to
a retirement home
way of living hopefully
and I have.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions you’d like to share, contact OutreachNC editor-in-chief Corbie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or at PO Box 2478. Southern Pines, NC 28388.