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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: In Search of Rest
By David Ritchie
06/20/04

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In Search of Rest

The busy mother, she has no time
As she hangs her washing on the line
Prepares her children to be their best
Of course she has no time to rest

The businessman he rushes on
Two meetings before half past one
No time for fun, no time to jest
And certainly no time for rest

Professional people, they have it all
Learned from books in the library hall
Surely they know how to rest
Through all the books they love best

The doctors’ dentists’ kind of people
And ministers within their steeple
The nurses, teachers – who children test
Are they the ones who have learned to rest

But no I can’t believe my eyes
To me this is a great surprise
Those people who have learned from books
For rest, they don't know where to look

For every one has a busy day
Their pay check’s already signed away
They live their lives to their pay check’s limit
So time for rest does not fit in it.

It's said the poor are more content
Than those with massed wealth, still unspent
Then tell me why do I see them all
Queuing for tickets at the lottery stall

So what is it about this rest?
That makes these people fail the test
To find a little time each day
To rest and set their minds at bay

We find in the bible that the God of heaven
Created thee earth ‘n rested on day seven
Can we mere mortals be our best?
When we fail to heed God's call to rest.

So does this fellow pass the test?
Just ask my wife, as she knows best
Dream on, dream on my Davy lad
The work ethic you’ve got really bad

From dawn to dusk near round the clock
One thing or another but its work, work, work
Always something to take up my time
Sure rest ‘ll come sometime down the line

The ones who really pass the test
Is the baby upon her mothers breast
As mother lays her gently down
Sound asleep without a frown

Our pets of course they like a sleep
All curled up and fast asleep
While their owners cannot find time to rest
As they clean up behind their pet, or pest!

A little rest a little play
Will brighten any dreary day
The rest will help to re-ignite
The flickering torch that once was bright.


Member Comments
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Lisa Bumgarner06/29/04
Amen!
L.M. Lee06/29/04
i liked the way you pointed out that everyone can get caught up in busy-ness if we're not careful.
Deborah Porter 06/30/04
I LOVE story poems. Very enjoyable Davy! With love, Deb
Phyllis Inniss 07/02/04
The pace of the poem indicated the busyness of the different people mentioned whose activities lead them away from rest.