Poem: This is the time to be slow


St Bueno's - image Judy Dixey

St Bueno's - image Judy Dixey

Source: BBC

Fergal Keane reads from the Benedictus: Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue.

On Radio 4's Today programme, some of BBC News' best-known voices are offering favourite poems of #comfortandhope, and talking about the importance of the words in their lives.

Here, Fergal Keane recites the verse that helped sustain him as he experienced PTSD.

This link will take you through to the audio file in a few seconds. Click: HERE

"This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning."

(Thanks to Kathryn Turner for publishing this link on CCC, Christ, Covid, Community)


Tags: Poetry, Fergal Keane, John O'Donohue, Time to be Slow, Judy Dixey

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