Poem – 2 + 2 equals

Looking up to the sky, I see a word

Reminds me of an ageing bird

Lines on face, developed, stern

Stern equals anxious plus concern


Flying kite deletes reflected stare

Ageing equals stranger’s glare

What says he who owns a scowl

Half-way to church with steeple


Worrisome memories equal regret in charge

Wearisome as concern defrayed

Subtract this day from hope and faith

Lines replaced, church far away


Concern allayed by hope and faith

Pencil in mouth as smile freezes

Smile over frown today

At forty-five degrees


Hope equals faith plus belief

Belief and faith equal the same

Faith multiplied by belief gives hope

Hope is the ageing bird’s new name.

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