Poem for These Times

Lately, I’ve involved in cleanup and reorganization of some writing files. Included in these are some quotes I’ve come across in reading that I especially liked. 

The following caught my eye yesterday and after reading it over, I realized it is well-suited to the times we are travelling through today. I don’t know when it was written but don’t believe that matters. I hope you enjoy.

The Room of Ancient Keys
by Elena Mikhalkova

My grandmother once gave me a tip:
In difficult times, you move forward in small steps.
Do what you have to do, but little by little.
Don’t think about the future, or what may happen tomorrow.
Wash the dishes.
Remove the dust.
Write a letter.
Make a soup.
You see?
You are advancing step by step.
Take a step and stop.
Rest a little.
Praise yourself.
Take another step.
Then another.
You won’t notice, but your steps will grow more and more.
And the time will come when you can think about the future without crying.

First appeared on April 24, 2020, on the Facebook Page, Midwives of the Soul.

Featured Image Attribution: falco from Pixabay 

8 thoughts on “Poem for These Times

  1. There’s wisdom in the words of this poem. Thanks for sharing it with us, Sherrey. One simple step at a time—that’s how we’ll get through these trying times.

  2. I washed dishes and removed dust and made a “pumpkin” tree for Halloween. It’s enough for now. I’m joining you in the slow lane, Sherrey!

  3. Sherrey, I love the message of this poem. Enjoy what’s right in front of you while taking those baby steps forward. Thanks for sharing this wise reminder.

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