Good evening, and welcome to my blog.
I’ve got a number of subjects to talk to you about in this blog post, so I’ll get straight to it.
Jeremy Corbyn. I like him. I’m not a political person by any means – but Jeremy Corbyn is the first politician that I feel that I can believe in. To me (and this is a personal opinion) he seems to be a genuine person. I hate politics – politicians lie, they never reply to a straight question with a straight answer, and if you have ever seen the behaviour that goes on in the houses of parliament, you would see that they act so childishly in trying to shout whoever is speaking down, that I find it impossible to have any faith in them. But from what I have seen of Jeremy Corbyn in interviews and public appearances, he just seems to be a more down to earth guy. I am under no illusion that he dodges a straight answer like the rest of them – but there is something about him that I feel I can connect with. It’s very likely that I have naively perhaps seen in him a glimpse of how I would like all politicians to be – more respectful, and more in touch with the everyday folk in this country.
I’m a dreamer – I always have been. This week I am already clinging to the dream that I might just win this Friday’s Euromillions jackpot, which stands at £154 Million. I haven’t even bought my ticket yet, but the dream is already formed. But I don’t think it is an impossible dream to hope that those in power – both locally and nationally, might one day actually start working for the good of the people – ALL the people. It’s not impossible to hope that someone one day might stand up in the house of commons and say that they are not going to bawl and shout and filibuster and act childishly when the opposition are speaking. Perhaps they might say that they are there to work to improve the lives of those who put their trust in them when they marked that ballot paper based on promised made, and to do so they will conduct themselves in a manner befitting the responsibility upon their shoulders. I think that if politicians said that and behaved properly, more people would have faith in our system. Jeremy Corbyn gives that dream substance –
I cannot connect with anyone in the Conservative party based on what I have seen. The same applies for the majority of the labour party. I like what the Green party are trying to do, but don’t think they will get a chance to do it. At this moment in time, Jeremy Corbyn seems to me (personally) to be a decent guy.
And I think that it would be no bad thing if more politicians – regardless of the party they belong to – were like him.
Now – Ducks.
I saw two ducks having a fight yesterday. They were on a small river, not tumbling out of a Weatherspoon’s and I assume that it was either over territory, females, or position in a social group. You know, just like a regular Friday night out for most humans. What astonished me was how savage this fight was – one duck was trying to hold the other’s head under water, and there was a lot of biting of feather and the head and neck from both ducks.
At this point, let me point out that these ducks were males – Drakes. I’ve never seen female ducks fighting, presumably because they are mature enough to settle their differences sensibly.
Anyway, I suppose that I didn’t think Ducks could be that fighty because they don’t have sharp claws or teeth. They have webbed feet – which I suppose could give you a good slap if they put their hip into it, but apart from that wouldn’t do much harm. And their bills – no, not what they charge you for their company – are nicely rounded and flat so that the worse they could probably do is give you a nice smoothing out of your skin. At least that is what I thought……
But there was no face slapping or skin smoothing going on here – oh no, there were serious attempts to do damage on display. At one point, one Drake appeared to have the upper wing, and the thought crossed my mind that perhaps I should intervene and separate these two before someone got hurt. I was just about to leap into the water shouting “leave it Daffy – he’s not worth it!”, when a number of voices entered my head:
Firstly, my own – telling me that such water-fowl can be dangerous, and reminding me of the well-known fact that a Swan can break a man’s arm. (Please refer to last week’s Friday Poem – #58 “Keep off the Grass” for further proof.) My voice went on to reason that ducks, although smaller, could inflict a scaled-down equivalent of a broken arm – a dislocated finger for example, or perhaps a small graze. Whatever the aquatic ninja’s potential, caution was advised.
Secondly, and almost overlapping the first voice came another voice – again mine, but it quickly morphed into Sir Elton John’s as the words “leave them, this is part of nature, part of the circle of life”. Of course, the ‘circle of life’ part was sang rather than spoken, just the way he does it in the song of the same name.
Thankfully, the third voice quickly kicked in. It was none other than Sir David Attenborough, who was in mid-flow explaining about the importance of these struggles, and although brutal to watch they helped make the social bond between these animals stronger. Each would know their place, and the social group as a whole would be stronger and work better together. David went on to urge me to stop worrying, let go of my fear, and use the force”
Although that last bit might have been Obi-Wan Kenobi, as played by Sir Alec Guinness. (Those of you under forty years of age might need to ask a grown up who that is).
Anyway, by the time all this has finished, the two ducks had stopped fighting and had buggered off. But it was quite a spectacle to see!
And then there is hope.
A little while ago I wrote a blog post titled “Honest”, where I opened my self up to world and explained some of the struggles I have. In that blog post I talked about my lack of confidence and the fact that I was having counselling to help me with my battles.
I’m pleased to say that I have made significant progress since that blog post. My counselling is really helping, and I am in a much better place now that I was when I started it. The battle continues, but it’s more of a struggle than a battle now. I have lots of bad days, but there are a few better days that have been seen too.
After I posted the initial blog, I received wonderful messages and offers of support. I’ve never been good at asking for help, but recently I was able to take up one of the offers of help. This offer came in the form of a coffee and a chat, and so this week I sat down with the person who offered the help and had a coffee and a chat. I can’t tell you how great it was to do that. I’m not great at talking about “inside stuff” – I mean I do with my counsellor, but I’ve been having counselling for almost 10 months now, and it was difficult to talk to someone else. I did talk, but I couldn’t make eye contact very much.
The friend who sat there, listening patiently, empathising, not judging, really helped me. After our chat, I felt more energised, more positive than I had been feeling all that week. They also handed me a small piece of additional hope to add to the small pile I have amassed since June last year when my counselling began.
They might say that they didn’t do anything, all they did was listen. But they did.
Sometimes, just having that moment to be heard, and hear yourself being able to express what is happening for you in your life, is one of the most powerful things you will ever experience.
So I thank that friend, from the bottom of my heart for adding to my pile of hope.
The Poem Challenge is coming back!!
In a month or so I shall be asking you, the readers and followers of my blog, or ANYONE who happens to chance upon my blog, to give me a subject to write a poem about. There are no rules – whatever you choose, is what I will write a poem about. It’s that simple!
I’m looking for five subjects to be my Friday poems, #70, #71, #72, #73, #74, and #75, and don’t forget, that because your choice of subject will appear as a Friday poem, it will automatically be included in “The Friday Poems – Volume Two”, when it is published at the beginning of 2019!!
So get your thinking caps on, and keep reading my blog for further details.
It’s up to you!!
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