Claire Miles - December 23, 2019


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

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The bag retails at £795 and was produced in the luxury fashion label’s carbon-neutral factories in Somerset.All of Mulberry’s UK factories, offices and retail stores became carbon neutral in 2019. They even have plans to expand this measure on a global scale by 2025. Talk about innovation!


The leather used to manufacture the bag is a by-product of food production and comes from a gold-rated tannery. The tannery’s gold rating was awarded by the Leather Working Group, so you know its for real.


They say its all in the details and Mulberry certainly has thought of every detail down to the stitch. The stitching is used with Epic EcoVerde thread, which is made from recycled polyester fibre.


What’s even better? All profits from the sale of the bag will be donated to the World Land Trust, a non-profit environmental organization that was established in the UK 30 years ago.