I wish you enough, a Poem
I wish you enough
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
My wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
(The copyright for this poem belongs to the author: Bob Perks)
I wish you enough is an emotive poem that was written by Bob Perk after overseeing a chance encounter at an airport between two people, a mother and a daughter who were parting for what they expected to be the last time.
The mother was seriously ill and both believed that it would be their final time together before the funeral. Life is sometimes like that we have to go on even though circumstances make us want to stay and be there. The lines of the poem are based on the hopes and wishes the mother had for her daughter.
The mother wanted to sum up a life time of love in one go.
Poetry sometimes focuses on the simile, rich description and an attempt at eloquently but in the end fails to capture feelings of longing, sorrow, loss, expectation, or uncertainty.
It is a poem of hope while it acknowledges a final goodbye it is a resounding call to the daughter to live life, to enjoy its every unique moment and to do it knowing that the enveloping love that her Mother always had for will still be there.
Life will not always be as nice as we want, that there will be many periods of loss, heartbreak and sadness. That is a normal part of our existence, in fact a Buddhist Monk friend of mine defines it as the marker of a normal life. It means you are living life.
This is why the Mother says “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.” The Mother knows that there will be grey days ahead, same as their will be sunny ones as well. It is important to keep in mind that both are impostors and should be treated as such. We experience the emotion of both because of what we assign to it, to what we want or do not want. The mother is wishing her daughter to appreciate it a way that is very much true to Zen, “grey days same as sunny ones”, which they are.
On our worst day the flowers will still bloom and the grass grow, same as on the best day. This is followed on towards to the end of the poem where the Mother says “I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess” This is I think the central theme of the poem that loss is what makes us value what we have, that it is also part of life and the changing nature of it. We appreciate flowers every spring because they are there for a while and then they are gone. It is a natural change that we accept, same as we have to accept that life is only a passing experience.
The simple message of this is love, enjoy love, keep it bright and love is always there, give it back in life and it will come back to you. The “I wish you enough poem” can take the love one person gave you and show you how to take that and live it for life, to turn it towards everything in life.
To live, really live and what more could a person who is dying, who understands in such stark terms that what we have, own, want is worthless in comparison to loving others, to appreciating the littlest things in life that is a real Irish blessing in life and what our prayers should be directed towards.
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