Dear Change,

I’m grateful for your constant and steady companionship.
I have not always felt that way about your many visits,
but as time goes by, I’m growing to value them.

When you visit regularly, I sometimes wish you away.
But you know that I really do not mean it.
You bring me joy and sorrow,
rude shocks and pleasant surprises.

I would not have known joy, if you had not brought me sorrow.
I would not have known I was strong if you had not shaken me up.
I would not have known accomplishment, if I had failed to accept the struggles you gave me.
Through it all, you gave me hope.

I am never alone, because you hold on to me.
I remember not to be complacent, because you slap me in the face.
I am wise sometimes and welcome you with open arms.
I sometimes forget that wisdom and just want a break.

I know you are good for me, as you make me grow, and
I’ve learned over time to accept you as you are and go with the flow.

I appreciate your constancy and I’m not asking you to be any different from what you are.
But would it be so hard to just give me a call now and then,
and let me know you’re on your way to see me?

‘Dear Change’ is the first of a pair of poems about a journey we all make. It’s about the way we struggle to cope when life decides we need to learn new skills. The next poem ‘Make hay when the sun shines bright’ will be published here shortly. It focuses on the second part of this journey and where there’s sunshine and happiness.

This poem was first published on May 12, 2014 at and is no longer available there as my writing has moved to this blog.

Published by Anitaelise

Anitaelise teaches piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio and writes poetry and essays at The Relaxed Housekeeper. The blogs - and are written and owned by her and published in accordance with the copyright notice at the footer of each blog.

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