We never know, when walking in,
How the future will unfurl before us:
Encouraged by naive optimistic hope,
The world seems endlessly available;
Never daunted, curiosities pleasure
Draws us towards the unknown spaces;
New friendships anchored in the feisty
Unbroken conversations of discovery.

We never know, when walking along,
How the present is born before us:
Hidden in the unspoken words, felt
In the everyday focus on others needs;
With a freshness of fertile nurturing
Waiting to be embraced with warmth;
Where conversions to the new creed
Consumes the unsuspecting travellers.

We never know, when walking away,
How the past remains available to us:
Arriving in new conversations, like
Echoes from ancient mystical muses;
Never far beyond the conscious hum
Lies a memory flashing with radiance;
Magnified by the confident knownness
Our joyful shared successes speak.

We never know, when walking stops,
How the past, present and future join’s us:
Travelling in hopeful optimisms gaze
The cherished places always remain;
Amongst newly forged challenges
Stoic resilience finds a homely peace;
With friendships anchored in the loving
Unbroken conversations of humanity.


David Scanlon – England – (1963 - )

Scanlon. D (2018) Poetry for Business : Continuing Conversations. The Foolish Poet Press, Wilmslow, England. WE NEVER KNOW. Page Number 69.

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