Friday, 7 October 2011

Instructions for use

im Steve Jobs and inspired by his Stanford address on life and death

Fall in love with the world

Love it as one you are about to leave

Love all the terrible inconsistencies

Forgive the inconstancy



We are born naked

So much of life is

The clothing we put on

Nothing stays with us



Embrace change, the seasons are

The days saying goodbye to us

Time is farewell

Acknowledge it



There is still room to live

In the wide air

Near the clear water

On the waiting earth



Rise today as your own dawn

Be your own light

Never try to be normal

It will rob you of the right to be

Extraordinary

©  Helena Nolan

Steve Jobs Apple 'visionary' dies aged 56
Editor's note: View the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address here
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Helena's work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines including; The Stinging Fly, The Moth, and the Spoken Ink audio website. She is this year's winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award.

3 comments:

  1. Sometimes the simplest of observations are the truest and the best. Lovely poem.

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  2. I like your verse about the clothing especially.

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