"The Gemeenlandshuis and the Old Church, Delft, Summer (1877)" by Cornelis Springer‘Higher Purpose’ and Other Poetry by David Watt The Society August 20, 2017 Beauty, Humor, Poetry 8 Comments Higher Purpose Is there any higher purpose As they walk with faces down? Are they sure of destination As they shuffle through the town; With eyes grown unaccustomed To a world beyond their screens; Affixed to apps unsocial, Missing people, places, scenes? If call could make connection Back to Life and all it means, Then beauty all-surrounding, Precious moments, not machines, Could regain Mind’s attention Numb distraction so demeans. I Reminisce, I Reminisce After Thomas Hood I reminisce, I reminisce, About those springs of old When life was in its heyday And days were never cold; When joy was there for taking, Plucked from laden branch; Play was what we made it, On heels of circumstance. I reminisce, I reminisce, Sweet perfumes on the breeze, Colours of the garden, The buzzing hum of bees; Places we would wander In groups of twos or threes, With no other purpose Than afternoons at ease. I reminisce, I reminisce, That light of perfect strength, Warm enough to nourish, Considerate in length; Not leading to exertion When meadows lay to roam, Trees remained for climbing, Whole neighbourhood meant home. I reminisce, I reminisce, For what may never be; Return of springs a child Knew, hopeless now to see; Cluttered as our minds are With worries day to day, Fogs of limitation, Forgotten rules of play. David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 8 Responses James August 20, 2017 Thank you Reply David Hollywood August 20, 2017 Spot on. Well done. Reply Sally Cook August 20, 2017 well done, David Watt! Your work is truly professional at a high level. Form, meter, rhythm, and reflective thought combine to make the kind of poem I like to read. Let’s see more. Reply Amy Foreman August 20, 2017 Very enjoyable poetry, David! Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 20, 2017 Greetings sir! I enjoyed the poems thoroughly. Looking forward to more from your ink. Regards Reply David Watt August 20, 2017 Thank you all very much for your generous comments. I am always trying to improve, and take as inspiration many of the wonderful contributions appearing on The Society’s website. Reply James Sale August 21, 2017 Some lovely lines and expressions in this: “on heels of circumstance” – very good. Reply David Watt August 21, 2017 Thank you James. I greatly value your comments. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.