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Moments

There are moments in history
when a printing press opens
and new thought expands,
when a wall comes down
and people break free;
moments of mystery
when desires are rewired
by a Gandhi, Mandela,
a future inspired.

There are moments in science
of searching, defiance
when, rare in their daring,
a Newton, a Faraday,
a Darwin, an Einstein
breaks through and brightens
our lives and enlightens
the forces that drive us,
the earth and its birth.

There are moments of waking
to wonder, to beauty:
to the green in the freshness
of leaves in the spring,
the blue of a whale that
breaks beyond surfing,
the stripes of a tiger
stark in the snow, moments
that linger, refusing to go.

There are moments when love
lifts us free to see, to give,
receive the gift of another;
when our focus is changed
to the needs of a neighbour;
moments when we break
from the past, a feared future
to live for the living,
the dying, the now.

2 thoughts on “Moments
  1. I have long been an enthusiastic admirer of Jane Mann’s poetry, because
    her poems contain a wide range of interesting topics covering life,
    nature, ageing and history all of which are written in stanzas :ie. a
    well-defined group of several lines of poetry having a fixed length,
    meter, or rhyme scheme; the scheme is usually repeated.

    Sadly this form of writing poetry seems to have been abandoned in much
    of ‘modern verse’ perhaps because of the perceived difficulties of
    retaining a rhyme throughout the length of the poem.
    One is never disappointed with Jane Mann’s poetry which is invariably
    written
    with rhyme. However I readily accept there is much traditional and much
    loved classical poetry that has been written over time that is not
    written in rhyme.
    I have read all Jane Mann’s poetry books my favourite being Sunlines and
    Shadows written in 2015.
    Her latest poem published in Vinca Press is ‘Moments’ which highlights
    many of the features I have written above………….
    This poem contains a wide variety of subjects which Jane cleverly links
    together in posing many questions about life, love, science and history.

  2. I have long been an enthusiastic admirer of Jane Mann’s poetry, because her poems contain a wide range of interesting topics covering life, nature, ageing and history all of which are written in stanzas :ie. a well-defined group of several lines of poetry having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme; the scheme is usually repeated.

    Sadly this form of writing poetry seems to have been abandoned in much of ‘modern verse’ perhaps because of the perceived difficulties of retaining a rhyme throughout the length of the poem.

    One is never disappointed with Jane Mann’s poetry which always contains interesting fact and is invariably written in rhyme. However I readily accept there is much traditional and much loved classical poetry that has been written over time that is not written in rhyme.

    I have read all Jane Mann’s poetry books my favourite being Sunlines and Shadows written in 2015.
    Her latest poem published on her website Vinca Press in 2020 is called Moments and relates to the reader specific c moments in history, science, nature and love all of which is written in verse enabling them to flow in a beautiful and interesting manner.

    I was fascinated by how much I learned from the poem which stimulates your appetite to extend your knowledge of history, science and nature.

    I believe this poem was recently awarded a prize in a competition and very well deserved..

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