Drawing: a red and white umbrella, with pouring rain. Caption reads: “Who will be your shelter?”
Shelter poem by Iris Carden

Who will be your shelter
in the storms of life?
Who will protect you
from toil and strife?

Who will keep you safe,
and guard you from all harm?
Who will be your anchor
in times of alarm?

Have you learned the secret?
Have you heard the word.
How to keep safe 
in a troubling world?

Become your own shelter
for all the storms of life.
Protect yourself from danger,
from all the toil and strife.

Friendship and even love
should be given free.
Not something dependent
on insecurity and need.

Perhaps you’ll find someone
who will face the storms with you.
But with them, or alone,
you will make it through.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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