As Summer segues into Autumn/Fall, we may experience a sea-change of emotions, new beginnings and opportunities arising, as well as a shift in the weather patterns.
It can feel like a chance to start over again, with the shiny new inviting us to embrace our future with anticipation.
Changes also bring with them departures from the way things have been, which can feel a little scary.
This is the period when children commence school and those who have left school stretch their wings seeking unexplored pastures.
All of which can bring a bitter-sweet mix of emotions when we let go of the old in order to embrace the new.
Seeing a child off to nursery, school, college, university, or the world of work for the first time can feel painful, even as we celebrate their emerging independence and new-found freedom, especially if it is the youngest member of the family finally growing up in various ways.
You may be in that situation now, or able to look back and see how well you coped with it afterwards.
The poem below was written at such a time as this:
Love held him tight
as hand clasped hand
I would not let him go
I was the voice of reason, wisdom,
watching my seed grow
Yet time marched on
and loosed the bond
slowly gathering pace –
he strained for independence
to run in his own race
Now still the rock
on which he leans
crumbling yet holding fast –
my child grows wise
for future years
while I cling
to the past
Note:This poem was previously published in the anthology ‘Individual Voices’ in March 2003 and in ‘Celebrations -15 Years of The People’s Poetry’ anthology in November 2005 ©JoyLenton All rights reserved
How well do you cope with change?
Have you found ways to embrace the new whilst letting go of the old?
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. Thank you.