The Vortex (May 1972)
The centre of life's vortex is a place
Of stillness. All around it ceaselessly
The turbulence of swirling water flows.
Those who are fearful of life's dangers seek
The shallower waters at the periphery
Buying their safety at their souls' expense;
Some shelter in secluded pools, removed
From the fast-racing currents; here they live
And of stagnation gradually they die.
Some drown before they even learn to swim
Some are destroyed by forces greater than
Man can oppose. Lucky is he who comes,
After long striving, to the central calm
And there, like a dolphin risen from the depths,
Inhales the life-giving air.
His goal attained,
Here he can rest, here is his soul content,
And here, having found the way, he may return
Leaving life's turmoil for a little while,
To renew his strength in quiet and solitude.
Meg Rugg-Easey May 1972