It is with slight trepidation that I tackle Les Murray’s masterful poem “Equanimity”. For one thing, it is my girlfriend’s favourite Murray poem, so I would hate to destroy it for her. It is also a very complex poem, with a challenging style to imitate. But the central idea – the beauties of common grace – is one which is important to me, so I’ve done my best to reflect that, taking as the context for the poem what, for me as a teacher, is the very everyday scene of a schoolyard.
Schoolyard Grace (After "Equanimity") The unequivocal rustling of leaves declares the wind, a relief where sun has scorched for days and grass lies dead and thin. Rain having fallen, in its way, on righteous and unrighteous alike, we pause, not quite content, but fewer weights surrounding, the heat like harness for now at least gone and the heart somehow able to rest. Yet does it rest? The day continues with its obligations; doors open still, still shut, and corridors and boardwalks bustle with children carrying books and truths sometimes contained in books, some not. And still the papers rustle, achieving the task at hand; and still the bustle goes and goes, with lessons to learn, and days to earn the approval of met expectations. Grace like a silent spectator sits: grace in moment, grace in movement. Hands move, attentive, yet time contains the hope that now, this moment, is not All, that days pass nonetheless beneath the gaze of one who knows and holds.