Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Life Lessons



I.

imagine your hands-
a tinderbox, a lightning rod
what will you fashion today?

a zest of sunshine,
a pail of thunderstorms
or a river of kindness to share
      with people you meet along the way

you are the carpenter of your home
      and your town
you are the gardener of your body
      and your family 

spear your hands
to goodness and love will vine 
in all the corners of your world 


II.

imagine your feet-
a sailboat leaving dock
and travelling to faraway lands

what will you bring?
some luggage and carry on-

but what you carry inside you-
     box of energy, belly of enthusiasm,
     internal fire, thoughts of gratitude 
     
will power your wind sails through any
sudden storms 

find your rhythm and compass- 
create your own map and detours-
and finally, be the lighthouse for other boats-




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20 comments:

  1. Oh my word, Grace. This is incredible! One of my favorites, for sure.

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  2. Oh yes... this is marvelous... love how you start with the different views with the hands and the feet... the end in particular... to be lighthouse. I love that

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  3. I like the idea that what you carry inside you will power your wind sails.

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  4. Can push one forward and in doing so help others indeed. Just have to let out what's within.

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  5. What great metaphors, you are a sage! I like them all

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  6. A rich laundry list of wonderful characteristics. The more we aim to be better- the more the world moves along with us. I might just paste this as my screensaver!

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  7. This is such wonderful writing!

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  8. Ah, this is sage advice from someone who has lived well.

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  9. What a terrific job--two complete poems; what zest and energy; lots of Zen sentiment out on the trail today-/be the lighthouse for other boats/ indeed !

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  10. Loved this piece....spear your hands
    to goodness and love will vine 
    in all the corners of your world 
    Very Good!!
    Dwight

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  11. A beautifully crafted inspirational poem!

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  12. A treasure trove of wisdom, framed within the most beautifully written words! Really amazing work, Grace! Truly a work of inspirational word art.

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  13. Aah such glorious thoughts Grace, as always.

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  14. The best life lessons: hand-made and led by feet!
    I love the idea of fashioning
    'a zest of sunshine,
    a pail of thunderstorms
    or a river of kindness'
    and being the gardener of my family.
    The best advice is to:
    'find your rhythm and compass-
    create your own map and detours-
    and finally, be the lighthouse for other boats'.

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  15. Nicely done, I loved it all, each word.

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  16. I love it. Your hands and feet. What we give, keep and where we go. Beautiful!

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  17. A Carpenter
    Builds
    Best
    WHaT
    ALWaYS
    NoW LiVES WiTHiN
    MounTains oF LoVE ResT
    TAllest GRains God Sands..:)

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  18. We underestimate the power within us to determine our own lives and the lives of others. This is beautiful, Grace.

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  19. “Love will vine in all the corners of the world.”
    This should be framed, put on stationery, become a phrase for the ages.

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  20. amazingly crafted Grace, I want to be just like this vessel of your lovely words. the carpenter of your home , your town - these were very special words to me.

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