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Sometimes When It Is Quiet - A Poem about Reflection

Updated on January 24, 2013
A quiet moment captured outside of my house.
A quiet moment captured outside of my house. | Source

Sometimes when it's quiet

And I am all alone

I'll sit back in my chair

Not answering my phone.

Sitting there in the stillness

Doing nothing at all,

I lean my head back

Stare at the wall.

Taking some time

To just stop and think,

Ignoring the laundry

And dishes in the sink.

Putting aside

My long list of to do's,

Taking a break to relax

To survey the view.

A few moments to reflect

Away from the din

On where I am going,

On where I have been.

Removed from the chaos

Away from the crowd,

For a rare moment of peace

When time will allow.

In these moments

So precious and few,

I have time to consider

All that I want to do,

To ask myself,

What is it I want to be?

To search my heart

To see what I see.

In which direction is it,

That I want to go?

Consider my options,

Get my ducks in a row.

Look toward the future

Begin to devise a plan,

Give myself a little pep-talk,

Tell myself I think I can.

Spend some needed time

Searching within my soul,

Reviewing my highs

Reviewing my lows.

Asking myself,

Do you like what you see?

Am I doing all I can

To become a better me?

Have I been honest and truthful?

Have I been charitable and kind?

When I search my conscience

Will I like what I will find?

Or be disappointed to know

I’ve been acting greedy and mean?

Only when I look inside,

Can what I look for be seen.

To do unto others

As you would have done unto you,

This is what we were taught

In the days of Sunday school.

In looking inward at myself

Perusing my memory,

I hope to find I'm thinking of others

Not only thinking of me.

In these silent moments

I have time to reflect,

On what I might have done differently,

On what I might correct.

If given the opportunity

What difference could I make,

If I had that chance

What risks would I take?

If in the future

I might pass this way again

Would I do it all the same,

Or with a fresh start would I begin?

These moments coming unannounced

To catch me by surprise,

Give me the chance to see,

Circumstance through different eyes.

When captured by the moment

I cannot help but take a look,

Discovering what options

Might be hidden in cranny or nook,

To offer help in taking me

From one moment to the next

Finding new solutions,

To a problem with which I'm vexed.

These quiet little respites

Are born of necessity,

Otherwise how would I find

The tools needed to succeed?

For life is about the challenge

That is presented every day

To improve both ourselves and our world

In peaceful and small ways.

So when those quiet moments come

Unbidden and unexpected

It's best to take advantage,

Of their gift of time reflected.

And savor their brief moments

To store their lessons learned,

Enjoy the beautiful seconds

Of peace which I have earned.


-Kristen Burns-Darling ©November 2011

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Three loves of my life, Joseph, (17), Jamisen, (4), and Jordan, (16), make finding those moments of peace difficult!
Three loves of my life, Joseph, (17), Jamisen, (4), and Jordan, (16), make finding those moments of peace difficult! | Source

About This Poem

As a writer, a wife, and a mother, it seems that sometimes it is truly difficult for me to find a moment of the day where there is enough time left over for me to just sit and reflect upon events, yet I instinctively know, that in order for me to continue to grow as a person, those moments are necessary. This poem is about finding and recognizing those rare moments, in any place or time in which they might present themselves.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Valleypoet - I am just now returning from some much needed re-charging of those batteries, and apologize for the delay in thanks for

      your welcomed and deeply appreciated comments.

      Thanks again,

      Kristen

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @ahorseback - I apologize for the delay in this response, I have been away from my computer and from hp for an extended period for some much needed time of personal reflection and some r&r. Thank you so much for the gift of your time and for your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

      Kristen

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      A little time set aside to reflect, and re-charge the batteries, is never a waste, in fact it is essential...your poem captured all the thoughts and pondering that one does at these important times set aside:-))

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      These stolen moments will

      one day return

      And in the hours of waiting

      theres a lesson to learn

      Go now.... go towards those

      who are in your need

      No one will ever say

      you came under the guise of greed

      And when that day comes and

      the time is yours

      Remember no snoring ........

      they can hear you through the doors

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @epigramman - There you are! You've been so quiet lately I was starting to wonder where you'd gotten off to! As writers, I think to some degree we all live in our own little worlds, and to some degree it is a good thing, else we wouldn't be able to share that imaginary world in our heads with others, (as you so brilliantly do every day!) Thank-you my friend for your time, your support, your gracious comments, for sharing your wondrous talent with all of us, and most importantly, for your friendship, all of which are most welcomed, and deeply appreciated!

      Kristen

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..you and I must be kindred spirits because I truly identify with this poetic hymn and it has moved me and touched me in a most personal way probably because I live alone and I live in my own private world (whether that's a good or bad thing) .....will post this most definitely with my respects to you to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here - sending you as always warm wishes and good thoughts from lake erie time ontario canada 2:18am

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Sharyn's Slant - Thank you Sharyn for such gracious comments! I am truly thankful and blessed to have such wonderful friends and followers!

      Thanks Again,

      Kristen

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Wow K, I really loved this poem. You are such a great writer. I always take away good things from your words whether it be your articles or poetry . . . very nice!

      Sharyn

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @b.Malin - Thank you my friend for the gift of your time and for your very gracious comments, and as always for your support. They are all so very deeply appreciated... it is true, we should all make time to stop and reflect and review and meditate everyday, I think maybe, we'd be a more peaceful society....the hard part is making or taking the time to do so.

      Thanks Again,

      Kristen

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      This Poem spoke to Me... and I just Loved it...and the Thoughts you've shared are most of ours...when we give ourselves the time to Reflect...Simply Beautiful, so well said, Kristen.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @mckbirdbks - Thank you for the gift of your time and for your gracious comments, they are as always, welcomed and appreciated.

      Kristen

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      K. Burns Darling, you sure condensed a nice philosophy in this poetry of yours. You have spun wisdom.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @denise.w.anderson - You are very welcome, and thank you for your gift of this moment, and your gracious comments, both of which are welcome and appreciated.

      Kristen

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      Denise W Anderson 5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for sharing a meaningful moment from your life with us. It was very insightful and gave me a moment of reflection reading it.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @writer20 - Thank you for the gift of your time, and for your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

      Kristen

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Poohgranma - Sherry my friend, thank you as always for the generosity of your time, friendship, and comments, they are always welcome and deeply appreciated!

      Kristen

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Blessed53 - It is so very important to take that time, and yet, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is the first thing that is eliminated. I do try to take a moment in the morning, (like you after my coffee), but I also still have a toddler at home with an unpredictable sense of timing. So, sometimes the best that I can do is to squeeze that time in when it presents itself. Great tip, about setting the alarm clock for earlier, only problem for me is that I already do that, as mornings are the most quiet time of the day around here, but still there is that unpredictable toddler! Good news is, eventually she will go to school, and thus become more predictable. Thank you for the generosity of your time and your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

      Kristen

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WillStarr - It is so true that our lives become so cluttered with the noise of daily life that we do forget to take the time use those quiet moments to reflect. Thank you so much for your gift of time, and for your comments here, all are welcomed and deeply appreciated.

      Kristen

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful throughtful poem. God didn't wish me to be a mother so there's been no children in my life.

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      Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

      Such wisdom, beauty and grace your poem reflects. You've really captured what's important in our lives with every line. Beautifully written!

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      Blessed53 5 years ago from Dalton, Georgia

      Dear K. Burns Darling, I love simple poems using only the necessary words to convey our thoughts. No matter what my intentions might be for the day, I know it will usually be filled to the brim with more than the expected and I NEED time to reflect with my God and just BE with Him. I learned a long time ago that I am not only the freshest early in the morning, but that when I make it my priority to get up and get in my journal writing to Him first of all (after I get my coffee, of course), that I always get that time I need alone and the day is off to the best start possible with my heart full of joy and the strength from Him to handle what ever the day calls for. It might be hard at first, but setting the alarm clock earlier to get your sacred time in first is well worth it in my opinion.

      Blessings!

      Always, in all ways, to God the honor and praise!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      In our mad scramble for happiness, we fail to understand that what we really need is to simply be at peace with ourselves and our surroundings.

      Very thoughtful and insightful work, K. Burns Darling.