“Happiness never decreases when shared.” — Buddha
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ― William Shakespeare
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ” — Steve Jobs
“At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. ” — Alan Alda
Seemingly simple words of advice. Quotes full of cliche? In my opinion, they are precious gems polished from the pain of disappointment, regrets and mistakes tumbled into treasures of wisdom. They are life’s lessons. We each have our own. We don’t have to be famous to share them, so let’s do just that, shall we?
This is Michelle from mishunderstood.com, happy to be your host. Consider this a “sequel”, if you will to my last poetic prompt, “I Am Learning Still”. For today’s Poetics, I am asking you to poem your own words of advice. Share your knowledge. What is one thing (or more) that you have learned that you feel could change another life? Well at least improve it. Imagine if we knew then what we knew now. Some of us who are older….ahem….more seasoned may have some valuable information to offer. However, age is only one variable. There are many enlightened young souls who frequent our pub and I think we have much to learn from them. Here’s to life lessons!
I leave you with two poems for inspiration.
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Let no man pray that he know not sorrow,
Let no soul ask to be free from pain,
For the gall of to-day is the sweet of to-morrow,
And the moment’s loss is the lifetime’s gain.
Through want of a thing does its worth redouble,
Through hunger’s pangs does the feast content,
And only the heart that has harbored trouble,
Can fully rejoice when joy is sent.
Let no man shrink from the bitter tonics
Of grief, and yearning, and need, and strife,
For the rarest chords in the soul’s harmonies,
Are found in the minor strains of life.
Love After Love
by Derek Walcott
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
And say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
How to join in:
- Write a poem related to the prompt and post it on your blog.
- Click on Mr. Linky below. Add your name, URL and click on the acceptance of Privacy Policies.
- Stop into the pub to say hello.
- Read and comment on the poems posted each day for this prompt.
- Have fun!
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Beautiful theme Mish ~ Happy Tuesday to all ~
Thank you, Grace. 🙂 I hope we can all learn from each other’s poems. Unfortunately, I didn’t complete mine yet. Yikes! Was not feeling well and then we were celebrating my mom’s 80th birthday. Time got away from me but I will catch up tonight with reading and writing.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Love the theme… I asked my friend the librarian for some advice this time 🙂
Thanks Bjorn! The librarian is always very interesting.
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Good evening everyone! I’m afraid I struggled with this one as I’m in the middle of exam marking, which I’ve been at – on and off- since 8.30 this morning! I can barely see the screen on my laptop. So please excuse me if I post and run this evening – I’ll be back in the morning to read and comment.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Ouch… hope you can get some sleep Kim
I’ve been up again since five and don’t seem to have made the progress I hoped for before a day full of activity. Nearer my deadline, I might have to go off-line for a bit.
Hi Kim. Thanks for joining in with all that you are busy with. I am still working on a poem as well. Extremely busy weekend.
Thanks Mish! I got up at five this morning to try to get ahead and I feel like I’m going backwards.
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Mish!
My pleasure, Frank. My poem will follow. Thanks for adding yours. Can’t wait to read.
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This is one of those prompts that initially looks easy, and turns out to be really hard. Mind you, it’s been a hard day, my brain is pretty fuzzy tonight.
Feeling fuzzy too, Sarah. Sounds like we all need a little TLC….and maybe a nice cool mint mojito.
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This is a great prompt, Mish. I was a little off topic, but still in the ballpark. I especially like the last poem, Love after Love, thanks
Thank you Walter. Glad you liked the prompt. 🙂
Thank you Mish 😊
mother wintermoon said:
Love this promp, Mish! Very creative.
mother wintermoon said:
*prompt… can’t wait to read the wisdom offered by our many talented patrons of the pub.
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So late to the pub…..but am getting back in the mood for libations, with time to do so again. A spate of travel and company meant very little time for all things poetic….but was a wonderful time for enjoying relationships. So — here I am, early morn and coffee in hand, back to my friends at dVerse.
Wonderful prompt Mish….just posted and now, with second cup about to be pored, shall enjoy poring over others words with lessons to learn!