What is poetry to you?


To me………Poetry is a song…… it is a message…… a message that only you as an individual can interpret.  That is what makes music such great food for the soul.  You can take a poem, give it a tune and there, you have a best selling track.  I know it’s not as easy as that, but if the world weren’t so market orientated, then these messages would be able to be deciphered.  I must be honest, I never used to appreciate poetry until I met my husband, who is a poet in his own “write”, excuse the pun, NOT.  I don’t know why, I am a late bloomer I know, 31 years old and only truly starting to understand the impact of what a poem can really do, and say….  You are able to pour your heart and soul into a rhyme, and for those poets like my husband who don’t like to rhyme.

There is a particular poet that I am really very fond of.  Her words touch my heart deeply.  Her name is Oriah Mountain Dreamer, she is the well known author of poems such as “The Invitation” and “The Dance”.  If you take the time to read her work, you will notice that there is a deep, meaningful message in her words.  Let me quote some of her words :

“It doesn’t interest me, what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”

So the question is, do you have the guts, the guts to do what you want to do?  The guts to take a leap of faith and follow your heart? To take a chance? I know I do, but do YOU!

“I want to know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the edge of the lake shout to the silver of the full moon,“Yes.”

We are all human….  we ALL make mistakes.  If anyone person says that they don’t, then that person is a liar.  We are not perfect, not 1 of us.  We are all imperfect beings, that make mistakes and at times fail.  Can you own up to your mistakes? Can you accept failure?  Can you openly admit that you have actually failed at something without letting it get you down?  Are you strong enough to shout out loud “HEY!!!!  I won’t be knocked down!”  Will you stand up, for yourself and for your family, and fight the inevitable fight, against yourself and the universe?  I know I will, but will YOU!

You see, we are all students of life, we learn new things every day.  Those ridiculously hard times that we have been through, those challenges that face us and make us believe that we just can’t go on any more…..  It is during those times that you must fight, fight for love, fight for faith, fight for whatever matters to you as an individual.  There is always a rainbow after a storm, find your rainbow and say “Thank you”.  Be grateful for all the blessings you have?  You may be like us, we are poor, financially challenged people, but we are SO RICH in what matters.  We have our love, our children, we have a house and a warm bed to sleep in at night.  We may eat like poor people too, but we never go to bed hungry.  We ARE RICH!  We are the most wealthy people on the face of this earth, all because we know how blessed we are, blessed with things and people that matter.  Here is something that I wrote, a short poem, read it and let me know what you think?

Life is a series of up’s and downs

Life makes your head spin, round and round

Just like a rollercoaster it bends and turns

We just have to be careful, not to get burned.

So what is this mystery we like to call life?

What do we say, when all things go right?

Life is a series of up’s and downs

Yet nowhere in life can gratitude be found.

My life is hard, my life is bleak

Moan moan moan, I feel so weak.

To hell with that, to hell with being bound

Stand up to life, stand your ground

So what is the moral of this sad, sad story?

Live your life in all it’s glory.

Find your happiness, wherever that may be

And live your life, be happy!

Happiness is a choice, it is a gift

Be grateful for it and you may just live.

Struggles are normal, challenges are good

It wouldn’t kill you to step back, and take a good look.

Take a good look, at all that you have

The blessings and gifts right in the palm of your hand.

Be happy, be grateful, dance and sing out loud

For you only have 1 life, best is to live it now.

YOU!!!  Yes YOU the one reading this……  live your life without fear, without worry and be happy.  Be grateful, for life is too short to allow petty materialistic rubbish to stand in your way of true happiness.

That is my message for today, affirm to yourself, I am happy!  Say it out loud, scream it if you must, but get that blood flowing and let the good flow into your heart. But most of all, say THANK YOU.

Namaste people of the page, much love and light to you all.