I know this may sound a bit odd, but how would you feel about being able to take a walk in your local park, at night?
Now before you all start shrieking stuff like ‘ Are you mad? ‘ or ‘Muggers paradise’ I would only do this if the park was fully staffed and well lit. I think this would be a great way of meeting up and doing things ( all bushes and trees would be fitted with really bright lights) like jogging, walking or just taking in the scenery. On cool summer nights ( never say hot in England as one hot day means a heatwave) cultural concerts could be held. I live in a area which is well served by public transport and there at least two parks within walking distance. Just a thought I wanted to share with you all .I was walking back from one my trips to a let night shop to recharge my gas card, when this idea came to me. I’m no stranger to being on the streets at certain times of the night ( and you can get your head out of the gutter for thinking anything kinky) thanks to the wonder of prepayment for gas and eletric. I’m always amazed at the amount of people who are out and about , with a few waiting for an all night bus and the whole scene is so different from the hectic noise a few hours earlier.
Day light is not around a lot and the sun only makes a guest appearance now and again. The days can seem a bit grey like the sun doesn’t want to hang around too long. Afternoons don’t even make it to the evening as darkness starts looming from 3pm onwards.The shops all have various degrees of lighting, some have a gentle sort of soothing light, whilst others are relentless with a blinding light which shows up every worn out facial lines and slightly knackered clothing. I know which shops to go in during my shopping trips to Lewisham, which I know like the back of my hand as I have lived here most of my life.
Oxford Street looked really pretty today, what with the themed main lights crossing the entire street. Marks and Spencers, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Debenhams had their own gorgeous displays which made me go ooh and ahh, unlike my son and daughter who both said that they couldn’t see what I was making such a fuss about. I looked at at both of them now towering above me and remembered them tugging at my arms with excitement, when they were much younger and smaller. The Arabian Oi Shop had a beautiful smell wafting throughout the store and my daughter spent a while trying out various perfumes and oils.
This was not meant to be the title, I just pressed the wrong key whilst experimenting with various topics. Mind you, I was going to say something about my plans for today which have sort of gone out of the window. It’s been quite dark today. The sun attempted to make a guest appearance but didn’t hang around too long and now it is dark.
Where have all the art supplies shops gone? It is a sad state of the times when most areas are fighting to stop the never ending growth of bookie shops, whilst places like art and craft shops are being phased out. We had a few in Lewisham, but now only have WH Smiths ( which is now half the size it use to be) and The Works sell art supplies. Just found out that the art shop in Bromley is no more, so the nearest art shop is based on the upper floor of a chemist in Brixton. I might touch on this subject later, the changing face of our high streets, is this a change for better or worse?
Be tolerant unto others as they will treat you like wise
And be not quick to scorn that which you know little of
For knowledge of life is gained through experience
And every action you deal in has a reason.
Know too that every person is an individual
And that all views of society are different
As each one has their own opinions and beliefs.
Try not to overpower anyone who does not agree with you
Or ones who seem easily won over
As this will show you that a person will say anything
To avoid contention and so miss gaining your reasoning.
Overstand that in these times
The ultimate aim should be well being of mind and body
So take care of your structure and nourish your mind
With upful thoughts and peaceful meditation
A pause to allow time to digest what a one has said
Should be added before you open your mouth
And do not hasten to correct that which you may think is wrong
For if you let a one complete their spoken thoughts
You will not lose by listening but could gain new insight
Of the matter just spoken and not suffer thoughtless embarrassment.
Acknowledge the individual’s right to remain so
But keep a watchful eye or a heartfelt ear open
Greet each day with love and hope for those that come
Into your life
Close each night giving thanks for
Imani c 1984
I wrote this poem many years ago, in my BC ( Before Children) stage. I’m not too sure if I could write like this again, life had certainly tested my mental, spiritual and physical strength in so many ways. Unlike some of my other writings, this one makes me feel grounded and connected with the outside world. Being unemployed can be so isolating and depressing, not to mention a bit scary when you realise that your talking to your cat and actually waiting for an answer!