The year began in buoyant mood
A welcome changing of the guard
But dark clouds soon began to brood
And when it came, the rain fell hard

With COVID’s armies in retreat
New battle lines were being drawn
With every victory comes defeat
The deepest calm’s before the storm

The fallen king clung to his throne
His rabble swarmed the hallowed hill
A desperate dog without his bone
Defiant of the people’s will

Then came the bitter toll of war
As lives and livelihoods were lost
The greed of wanting ever more
We count the countless human cost

The spring still spread its carpet bloom
Then summer struck with scorching heat
The autumn leaves fell much too soon
Then winter lay her frozen sheet

We must act now, it’s not too late
We must do more than just survive
To help the world regenerate
To help all life to grow and thrive

Despite it all, life carries on
I’m grateful that we made it through
Each day of love’s a victory won
I fall and rise at fifty-two

Wayne Visser © 2022


Life in Transit: Favourite Travel & Tribute Poems

This creative collection, now in its 2nd edition, brings together travel and tribute poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology pays tribute to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, Antoni Gaudí & Leonardo da Vinci, and reflects on travels ranging from China and South Africa to Ecuador and Russia. Life is lived in the in-between / In transit / Between coming and going / Between staying and moving on / Between here and there / And what we call home / What we call settled or contented / Is merely a resting place / A station for refuelling / A nexus for reconnecting / A junction for changing direction. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.