Imagine, For One Moment


For one moment
If perfection reigned supreme
The evidence of reality
Transformed into the dream

Health and well-being
The only way of life
Happiness everywhere
No hint of war or strife

Perpetual fun and laughter
Love and kindness in every breath
Would you really value life more?
Could you possibly value life – less?

If there were no way of knowing
What it is to cry with tears of pain
And to feel the joy thereafter
When healing manifests again

A utopian existence
Perfect peace and contentment for all
Would life be as rich, in essence
Or become meaningless and poor

It’s impossible to know, heat
Without experiencing, cold
The mysterious challenges of life remain
Testing how it will all unfold

Would a flower look so beautiful
Its fragrance smell as sweet
If it didn’t labour through a chill
And survive a wondrous feat

Would a friend mean as much to you
If they’ve never held your hand
When you’ve needed a shoulder to cry on
And someone to understand

The scheme of life, so complex
Yet the message simple and true
The extremes of life, good and bad
Make life meaningful – for you!

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.


The Sun Came Out Today


The sun came out today
Though the skies were grey
And I was feeling rather blue
In an strange kind of way

It was a delightful surprise
It turned my day around
From feeling it was lost
To feeling it was found

It only took an instant
But the effect lasted long
Like the notes of music
Transformed into song

Like the flame of a fire
On a cold winters night
Or a gentle, tender touch
After a frightening sight

Yes – the sun came out
Though the skies stayed grey
Shining through - kind words
That a friend sent my way

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.


Australians Divided


Australians can be a divided lot
When it comes to important things
The royal wedding was being relayed
But football is what Friday night brings

The royal fans stood their ground
The television station even complied
They weren’t going to be held responsible
For a nations divide

The football was delayed an hour
While royal fans enjoyed the view
Of the much anticipated wedding
And Wills and Kate, saying – I do! (I will)

The station took control soon after
‘We leave the royal wedding now,
The football’s about to start’
The walk down the aisle, is not an important part?

Compromise is a wonderful thing
Although at times, seemingly - unfair
Friday football is broadcast nearly every week
The royal wedding a ‘once in a lifetime’ affair!

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.

Patriotic Duty


Patriotic duty
Destination, an ocean far
For family and country
A young man follows a distant star

His homeland fades before his eyes
The ocean beckons wide and vast
Apprehension and uncertainty
Carelessly tossed into the past

For no amount of training
Could ever prepare his mind
For the horrors he will encounter
Or the courage he will find

The first Great War to end war
Is how it was said to be
Red poppies now held tightly
In remembrance and history

Drenched to the bone, frozen by ice
Bullets flying past his head
He sees his mates bravely fall
A young digger, green of bloodshed

Advance, they shout, and like a shot
He engages with courage and steel
Bullets, bayonets, bombs, gas masks
Is any of this truly – real?

No time to think as the earth shakes
And the mines explode all around
Heard thousands of miles away
That landscape never again, found

Finally the victory cry erupts
And the digger prays a silent prayer
But, for the grace of God
His corpse would be lying there

This war of vivid memories
Forever cruelly etched into his mind
A robber of youth and vitality
True peace never again to find

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.