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Meditation on a general metaphor for decision-making

Meditation on a general metaphor for decision-making

Is it not noughts and crosses
and caughts and tosses of balls thrown
and wins and losses
that decides when to help
or when to watch?

Is it not like walking down a derelict train line alone
then coming upon a fork taking the most brambled branch
with its shading shadowy trees that block out the sunlight
and its greedy weeds that cover the path
and not knowing where you are going
until you come upon a clear calm lake
within a surrounding forest and wildflower meadows leading to it
with the whole view drenched in sunlight
that decides between consensus and my own heart?

or is it like walking through a spreading yellow field
under a summery blued sky
and coming upon a mossy bench
sheltered beneath a peaceful tree
that decides when to speak and when to stay silent?

Martha Blue

Martha Blue

About this poem

Every year, Poetry on Loan runs a poetry competition, free to enter for anyone living, working or studying in the West Midlands. 

In 2021, the judging was very difficult, with stiff competition among the shortlisted entries. Many of the shortlisted poems are worthy of a place on the Poetry on Loan website, and Meditation on a general metaphor for decision-making, Martha Blue's entry for the young people's section, is one of these.

Martha says: 

I have been writing poetry since the age of four, writing poetry which allows my thoughts to speak more clearly and orderly which then gives enough room for my brain to breathe! I am more at home in nature and therefore am naturally concerned about any issue surrounding climate distortion, so I find myself writing about this. Inspiration in the natural world comes thick and fast, meaning my poetry and art is often full of nature, I love rainy walks where I can think clearly and write better! I climb mountains almost as much as I write poetry and have even bagged a few Munros!