Today I feature a poem written by a new friend, Sylvia L. Ramsey.
This is christyb I like making new friends.
Sylvia is admirable for her poetry as well as her courage in surviving hardships along her road of life.
Sylvia is a survivor of bladder cancer and looks at the experience as an opportunity for learning in her life. She serves as the Vice-President of the American Bladder Cancer Society, offering support to those who have experienced bladder cancer as well as raising awareness for the cancer. All of her royalties go to the American Bladder Cancer Society.
I immediately felt a closeness to this particular poem on many levels.
A Tired Vagabond
When my feet grow too weary of walking
through endless time and change,
When the wonder of life is gone
and everything seems foreign or strange,
When I have played the sense-song through
and wearied of its themes,
When I have lived life more vividly
than all my maddest dreams,
Then I will gather all I love
around my banquet board.
And when the songs have all been sung
and all the wine has been poured,
When I have crashed my goblet on the floor
and have watched the crimson seep,
Then through destiny’s door will I slowly leave
with reluctant silent feet.
© 2012 Sylvia L. Ramsey
Sylvia speaks of all that one wants to accomplish before the end of life. One will realize the end of life is here when personal dreams have come true, change has grown “weary,” and senses have experienced a full spectrum.
Even then, when the time has come, “reluctant” will one be to meet the end. The poem speaks to me of enjoying life and all the accomplishments to be met during one’s lifetime. The joy of life is apparent.
To feel one has lived a fulfilled existence is the end goal.
Having myself experienced two forms of cancer, I understand that health is to be enjoyed and the present day is not to be taken for granted.
The poem was originally published in Sylvia’s poetry book “Pulse Points of a Woman’s World” in 2004. The book, complete with illustrations, is available online through Barnes&Noble and Amazon. Her next book “Traveling a Rocky Road with Love, Faith and Guts will be released in about six weeks.
What part of the poem resonates with you?