Oh! Let there be some relief from the bascule of every day,
Lurching forward then back in the crazy dance.
But however often we yearn for resting at some still point,
That snatched time of pause gives us but a moment of reflection,
In which we reluctantly admit that, yes, the world keeps turning,
That ‘life goes on’, and there is only one door marked Exit.
We inevitably live our lives continually out of balance.
Do we want to be average – centred, calm … and bored?
Or can we enthusiastically engage with the chaotic swirl
That teaches us our humanity?
© 2016 Peter Young
Top: Rocking Horse in the Library at Tyntesfield House
Bottom: Rocking Horse at Lacock Abbey.