Hope is Gold

RETREAT IS ESCAPE from the clutches of have-to

Indulgent reward for the business of must-do

The harrowing footsteps down library corridors

Chasing down knowledge from book binds and test scores



Success is revision of many mistakes

So summer the swimming of so many lakes

Retreat is retrieving the bygones and times

Of floating and centering paths in your mind



Whatever may come and whatever is going

Forgetting the wounds of the friends so worth knowing

Become now forever the golden believer

That time is a whisper, a respite, a healer.


Stephanie Platter is a teacher, writer, film critic, and coffee lover who often needs encouragement to take “down time” but cherishes star-gazing and hammock-laying the moment she does.

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