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Poem: 'Proof of Today'; What Is Proof? How Do We View and Represent 'Today'? Inspiration From Brenda's Word Prompts


Ann loves to write poetry and also enjoys responding to prompts. A challenge is always interesting!

'Proof of Today'

Today – where is it?

Where does it lie in time?

When do we hear it chime?

Proof – what is it?

How do we know something’s true?

What do we see out of the blue?

Proof of today?

First glow on horizon wide,

double changes of time and tide.

The cycle of sun going up, coming down –

between? Nature’s rhythm like sunflowers’ turn.

Birds feast at dawn, build their nests in the shades,

Blackbird sings praises as light slowly fades.

We rise to face each new day, maybe smile,

hoping today renews faith, that each mile

will take us from dawn to the twilight of life

building todays full of joy, free of strife.

My View

Tomorrow becomes today. Today becomes yesterday. It sits in between the changes of the tide and time’s slow march.

Today means different things to each one of us. We might spend most of it at work. If retired, we might have a hobby, we might go off walking, we might meet our friends. Mornings can be hectic, evenings possibly relaxing. Then the weekend brings us ‘todays’ when we can choose how we pass them. There may be celebrations. Filling a day as best we can is the challenge, whatever situation we’re in.

Today I’m writing this, looking out of the window onto a garden drenched in sunshine, framed with swaying willows, decorated with lilac, roses, forget-me-nots, primroses… I could wax lyrical but that’ll do for now.

Proof, though; how does that fit ‘today’? How can we prove that this part of time, changing each second, is today? It is the pattern of life, the changing of the seasons, the calendar we’ve measured out, providing separate entities, each with a number, called ‘today’ in order to make some sense of the sun rising and falling, and the busyness in between.

Each day has a name, so a meaning in life. Each day is put into a week, a month, a year, so measured. We are comforted by these measurements which prove our own existence as we go from this today to the next and beyond.

"Today, I can make that dress. Today I can see my friend. Today I can write and listen to music."

Every one of us has a special day of the year, a birth day, to celebrate, to keep count of how many todays we've experienced. Does that count as wisdom? Do we make every today meaningful? Do we see them drifting past or do we make them count?

Today is the opposite of tonight, when darkness creeps in to shelter us, when we can sleep and rejuvenate.

It is light. It is to be lived, cherished in memories, maybe a few seconds captured in photos. Tomorrows become todays become the past. Cool, eh?

A Special Day!

Already?!! Don't even count how many 'todays' there have been!

Already?!! Don't even count how many 'todays' there have been!

© 2021 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Exactly, Doris, we might well be but I suppose if we work we need some measurements/labels to communicate by. Thanks for your comments. Good to see you and I hope you're well.


Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 11, 2021:

Ann, some neat stuff to consider. Very cute poetical questions. But time is a human invention. Would we be better off without it?

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 07, 2021:

Hi Rinita, good to see you.

I don't think calendars etc give meaning to our lives but I do think it's one way we have of trying to order it and define periods of time. I certainly don't like being ruled by calendars or timetables, especially as I'm now retired!

I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry and I thank you for your kind comments.

I am very well, thank you, and grateful that so far we and the family remain healthy. I hope the same applies to you and yours.


Rinita Sen on May 07, 2021:

I don't know if man-made calendars give meaning to our lives. As we live on from yesterday through today to tomorrow, do we also count the moments, the breaths? I am rambling here. I liked your poetry a lot. And of course, the beautiful photographs from your garden. Hope all is well, Ann.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

EK Jadoon: Thank you for your lovely comment. You made me smile. Much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed this.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Devika that is such a wonderful thing to say. Thank you. I am touched by your words. I did enjoy my day thank you. The whole weekend was special. It is indeed important how we spend each day.

Keep well, my valued friend.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Thank you, Mary. I liked that you saw depth here. Yes, Spring is my favourite season. It is unpredictable but has lovely surprises.

Keep well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Thank you very much, Misbah for your kind words and birthday wishes.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Peggy, you are very kind with such warm words. Yes, it was very special.

I love the tranquility in our little corner by the trees. The lilac is particularly full this year. It seems to be a good year for blossoms in general and the fruit bushes look promising. The lilac has a gorgeous fragrance. Glad you liked the poem.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Lorna, I'm delighted with your comment, thank you. Thanks also for the birthday wishes. I had a long birthday weekend which was wonderful.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Chitrangada, thank you for your lovely words. Thanks too for the birthday wishes. The cake was very yummy!

Keep safe and well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for such a generous comment. I'm glad you liked this.


EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 06, 2021:

May you live long, Ann. Happy birthday! That was a fantastic poem—expressing all your emotions and experience. I liked the photos of your garden.

Thanks for sharing...

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 06, 2021:

Hi Ann You have an overwhelming response and so good to see that for such a wonderful person. Sounds like you enjoyed your special day. Each day is special in every way and anyway you spend it.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 06, 2021:

I can picture you looking out as you write this. England has such a beautiful spring. There is so much depth in this reflection, Ann.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 06, 2021:

A very beautiful response to Brenda’s challenge, Ann. Your poem is lovely and the photos too. The cake looks so yummy. Happy birthday, Ann

God Bless you. Much love!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 06, 2021:

You are a beautiful soul, Ann. Having a birthday cake made by your granddaughter must have been so very special. I love the photos showing parts of your garden and the scenery in your area. Those lilacs not only look beautiful, but I remember the fragrance of them. I wish we could grow them in Texas as we used to do in Wisconsin. Your poem is excellent!

Lorna Lamon on May 06, 2021:

A beautiful look at today through nature's timeless beauty. Cleverly written and a joy to read Ann. Many happy returns of the day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 06, 2021:

Great response to the word prompts-- Beautiful and philosophical! You write with experiences of life, and this makes it an insightful read!

Loved your pictures and the cake looks delicious! Happy Birthday and stay Blessed!

Thank you for sharing!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 06, 2021:

Each today is special Ann and as you have rightly said each "today" we all need to strive to make it meaningful and make it count. You have asked good thought-provoking questions here. Thanks for this enthralling imagery.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Thank you, Flourish. What a lovely comment! Much appreciated.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Thank you, Nithya, for your kind comments and best wishes. The cake was yummy and I had a wonderful weekend.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Happy birthday John! Mine was great, thanks. The cake was delicious!

Thank you for your kind comments too.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 06, 2021:

Not me, Brenda! Cooking's not my forte. It's her Mum who teaches them all the 'making' stuff, from cookery to crafts. She's clever!


FlourishAnyway from USA on May 06, 2021:

Beautiful poetry and a very nice-looking cake with fixings! May your tomorrows be just as rewarding!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 06, 2021:

A beautiful poem and thoughts about proof of today. Wishing you a Happy Birthday and may God shower his blessings on you. The cake looks great!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 05, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda's prompts, Ann. Great poetry and a big happy birthday to you for Sunday. It is mine today. The cake looked great too.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 05, 2021:


Your granddaughter did quite well with that cake!

No doubt you've been teaching her.

So glad you had axgreat "70th."

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 05, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda, for your lovely words! I'm so pleased that you like this. Yes, I love my home here, so close to nature. Blackbirds are my favourites and we hear one claiming his rights each morning and retaining his territory every night.

The cake was made by my 10 year old granddaughter, for my 70th on Sunday and it was delicious - and such a special 'today' for me!

Thanks for the links on your hubs; much appreciated. You are always supportive and encouraging.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 05, 2021:


First let me say that I love all the pictures. The morning, the evening and even the blackbird.

Not to mention that lovely garden you described so well as you were glancing out.

It must give you an awesome feeling being surrounded by all that beauty.

I like how you combined proof & time. I will post a link on both articles.

Your poem is fantastic! It certainly does show us proof of time.

The horizon, the tide, the sun, the birds feasting...you have mentioned everything we see that proves it is today.

Even the smile we & have as we begin our day trying to renew our faith by enjoying each moment.

"It sits in between the changes of the tide and time’s slow march."

This is so true. Tomorrow turns into today.

You turn our attention to so many questions about how we prove today. The calendar we've gained accustom to using to guide each day.

We all live such different lives and yet we all celebrate birthdays on a certain day.

I love your conclusion that it is light. That it is to be lived.

Maybe we can capture it in a few snapshots.

Speaking of which...I presume that was the ultimate birthday cake surrounded by cupcakes.

It looks quite delicious.

I hope that Today was very special for you.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 05, 2021:

Thank you Charlie! Glad you liked this and thanks for the kind words.


Charlie Halliday from Scotland on May 05, 2021:

really good job of tying the 2 word prompts together. Enjoyed reading this one Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 05, 2021:

Thank you, Perspycacious. How good to see you here today! I appreciate your visit and hope you are well.


Perspycacious on May 05, 2021:

Nice to read your thoughts, and fine thoughts they are!

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