Archive for the ‘poem’ Category

Miss Me — But Let Me Go

November 13, 2007

A volunteer friend passed away suddenly last week. May his wife and children embrace peace and hope in this dedication.

Author unknown

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little — but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me — but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me — But Let me Go!

Letting Go

November 9, 2007

To Let Go does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To Let Go is not to cut myself off,
it is the realization I can’t control another.
To Let Go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To Let Go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To Let Go is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.
To Let Go is not to care for,
but to care about.
To Let Go is not to fix,
but to be supportive.
To Let Go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To Let Go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their destinies.
To Let Go is not to be protective,
it is to permit another to face reality.
To Let Go is not to deny,
but to accept.
To Let Go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To Let Go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To Let Go is not to criticize and regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To Let Go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To Let Go is to fear less,
and love more.

Your Destiny

November 7, 2007

[Author unknown]

Watch your thoughts,
They become your words.
Watch your words,
They become your actions.
Watch your actions
They become your habits.
Watch your habits,
They become your character.
Watch your character,
It becomes your destiny.


November 6, 2007

Life is a Challenge. Make it.
Life is a Gift. Accept it.
Life is an Adventure. Dare it.
Life is a Sorrow. Overcome it.
Life is a Duty. Perform it.
Life is a Game. Play it.
Life is a Tragedy. Face it.
Life is an Opportunity. Take it.
Life is a Puzzle. Solve it.
Life is a Song. Sing it.
Life is a Journey. Complete it.
Life is a Promise. Fulfill it.
Life is a Love. Enjoy it.
Life is a Beauty. Praise it.
Life is a Struggle. Fight it.
Life is a Mystery. Unhold it.
Life is a Goal. Achieve it.
Life is a Spirit Divine. Realise it.


November 5, 2007

“I wish I were big enough honestly to admit all my shortcomings;
Brilliant enough to accept praise without it making me arrogant;
Tall enough to tower above deceit;
Strong enough to welcome criticism;
Compassionate enough to understand human frailties;
Wise enough to recognize my mistakes;
Humble enough to appreciate greatness;
Staunch enough to stand by my friends;
Human enough to be thoughtful of my neighbor;
And righteous enough to be devoted to the love of God.”

The Wall Street Journal

Strength & Courage

October 31, 2007

It takes strength to be firm.
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to stand guard.
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer.
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain.
It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in.
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain.
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pains.
It takes courage to show them.

It takes strength to endure abuse.
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone.
It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love.
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive.
It takes courage to live.

[Author unknown]

I Wrote Your Name

October 25, 2007

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I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but by accident I threw it away..
I wrote your name on my hand, but it washed away.
I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves whispered it away.
I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay.
I believe in angels,
The kind that heaven sends.
I’m surrounded by angels,
But I call them my friends.

You Do Make The Difference

October 25, 2007

If each grain of sand were to say:
One grain does not make a mountain,
There would be no land.

If each drop of water were to say :
One drop does not make an ocean,
There would be no sea.

 If each note of music were to say:
Each note does not make a symphony,
there would be no melody.

If each word were to say :
One word does not make a library,
There would be no book.

If each brick were to say :
One brick does not make a wall,
There would be no house.

If each seed were to say:
One seed does not make a field,
There would be no harvest.

If each of us were to say :
One person does not make the difference,
There would never be love and peace on earth.

You do make the difference.

Candle of Light

October 22, 2007

[Author: Mona Adams — cancer survivor]

Be a candle of light;
To someone today.
Bring hope and care;
Along their way.

Reach out your hand;
To a survivor’s path,
Help them now;
To smile and laugh.

For love is healing,
No greater gift.
Found in a heart;
Who gave a lift.

What Will Matter — Michael Josephson

September 19, 2007

Ready or not,
someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises,
no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected,
whether treasured or forgotten,
will pass to someone else.

Your wealth,
fame and temporal power
will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned
or what you were owed…

Go to to read the whole poem.

Desiderata — Max Ehrmann

September 11, 2007

Max Ehrmann was an attorney from Indiana who became a full time writer at age 41.  He wrote his most famous poem Desiderata in 1952 at age 50.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.


August 6, 2007

[Special poem for ageing citizens from an ageing friend. :)]

A row of bottles on my shelf
Caused me to analyze myself.
One yellow pill I have to pop
Goes to my heart so it won’t stop.
A little white one that I take
Goes to my hands so they won’t shake.
The blue ones that I use a lot
Tell me I’m happy when I’m not.
The purple pill goes to my brain
And tells me that I have no pain.
The capsules tell me not to wheeze
Or cough or choke or even sneeze.
The red ones, smallest of them all
Go to my blood so I won’t fall.
The orange ones, very big and bright
Prevent my leg cramps in the night.
Such an array of brilliant pills
Helping to cure all kinds of ills.
But what I’d really like to know……….
Is what tells each one where to go!
*     *     *     *
There’s always a lot to be thankful for if
you take time to look for it. For example
I am sitting here thinking how nice it is
that wrinkles don’t hurt…

Winners are people like you — Nancy Sims

July 18, 2007

Winners take chances
Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to
let fear control them.

Winners don’t give up.
When life gets rough, they hang in until the going gets better.

Winners are flexible.
They realise there is more than one way and are willing to try others.

Winners know they are not perfect.
They respect their weaknesses while making the most of their strengths.

Winners fall, but they don’t stay down.
They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep them from climbing.

Winners don’t blame fate for their failures nor luck for their successes.

Winners accept responsibility for their lives.

Winners are positive thinkers who see good in all things.
From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary.

Winners believe in the path they have chosen even when it’s hard, even when others can’t see where they are going.

Winners are patient.
They know a goal is only as worthy as the effort that’s required to achieve it.

Winners are people like you.
They make this world a better place to be.

A Traditional Scottish Blessing

July 10, 2007

May this traditional Scottish blessing brings peace to everybody’s heart.

If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.

If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.

So let it be.

Mercy’s Face – Elizabeth Cunningham

July 4, 2007

There is a mercy in the tides
they come and go
they make new again
they bear no malice
towards the wreckage they toss or take.
If they are not mercy
they remind us of mercy.
They show us mercy’s face.

[I am grateful to be given mercy to live and learn daily. To my friends, thanks for being there for me.]