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The Lesson

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Member Patricius
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0 posted 07-31-2017 09:29 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LeeJ

we are granted a gift, limitless and unchained,
you decide what is best, morality or profane
an inner subconscious & freedom of choice
along with assistance from one positive voice.

some will say they love you, others may act as though they care,
but how can they love you, when they're hearts are never there?
still youíre eternally ascending, confidently advancing the top
but if sporadically you should fall, you must never quit or stop.

growing & learning from others you'll meet along the way,
your courage decides the roads, when your mind tempts you to stray.
don't lose your sincerity, stand strong to your virtuous heart
specifically don't lose the objectives, you were gifted from the start.

in facing problems with others, do away with all cruel attack,
kindness defeats malicious words, which can never be taken back.
searching for the answers, you'll always seek out what's true,
trials & tribulations lie ahead, inevitably waiting for you.

learn from all the lessons, gain patience & strength from the pain
don't ever take a step backwards to vengeance them the same.
forgiving is not allowing an individual off the hook  
simply forges a peace within and a distinctive spiritual outlook.

always be kind to others, love when it's most difficult to do,
and if your swift to judge, stop & take a real good look at you.
honesty is never the easiest, to adequately proclaim  
but lies manufacture distrust and a monster which you'll create.

always take time for family & friends, no matter what the cost
for you never know when their job is complete and their presence will be lost.
giving should be kept a secret, between you and the one who receives,
it's a proper gesture made in humbleness, that is what I believe.

mothers love your children, don't excuse them when you know they're wrong
tough love sometime is difficult, but in discipline you must be strong.
teach them respect for others and above all, accountable for their mistakes
punishing will not scar them, a sense of responsibility, is what you'll awake.

fathers love your child's mother, give her the respect she deserves,
communication, & compromise is what you need to preserve.
only through love, ethics & dignity will your child survive
in a violent world confused & some would hope to divide.

once again I remind you, of the many choices you alone will make,
itís not just about you and your needs, when its heartache you create.
and if you should fall and judge or hurt others along the way
the reparation in "I'm sorry" will do, if you meet your creator halfway.

so you decide, its freedom of choice no others except your own,
blaming brother stagnates and eventually you'll have to atone.
"what comes around goes around" is your concluding payment
whether in this life or the next, you alone will stand in judgement.

Lee J. from 1999
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1 posted 07-31-2017 10:24 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

If all of us could live our lives using this great posting of yours for guidelines, Lee, the world would be a grand and wonderful place.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
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2 posted 07-31-2017 06:14 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

This one touches my memory filaments (that's all my memory IS any more it seems), but not enough to stop me from reading to the end . . . and, as usual, a wonderful read from you...

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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3 posted 07-31-2017 06:52 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

You are so right on! And your words are as poignant today as they were when first written. Thank you for sharing. ~L
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4 posted 07-31-2017 07:10 PM       View Profile for Rick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rick's Home Page   View IP for Rick

So many messages of truth here and lessons that only life can truly teach. Enjoyed 🙂
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5 posted 07-31-2017 08:36 PM       View Profile for Cerulean   Email Cerulean   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerulean

LeeJ- You do make a very good point about forgiveness. Forgiveness is not what most people think it is, although if either side (when at fault) sees the error of his/her ways and admits it and seeks forgiveness, then trust can be gained back. Relationships can be easily rebuilt this way, if only everyone understood this simple principle.

That's the best thing to do, but in this world too many people are so full of pride and irrationality that they refuse to take a look within their heart at who they are, in many circumstances.

I once read a quote by John F. Kennedy that goes: "If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live."

Especially if they read your poem.

Your words stand the test of time. They are relevant yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Forever.
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6 posted 08-01-2017 02:32 PM       View Profile for CastleGuard   Email CastleGuard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CastleGuard

Many words of wisdom and advice here, LeeJ.

As if drawn from all corners of the Earth and condensed into this poem.

Be responsible for your actions, is what it all boils down to.

For too many people just too easy to blame someone else, to sue someone else.


Member Patricius
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7 posted 08-02-2017 10:29 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

Thank you everyone for stopping by and reading....

It seems so long ago, when I wrote this, was just a child then, very young and extremely sheltered.  

my personal opinion is, that we humans are so destructive, to ourselves and to others.  Yes, we can be extremely given gifted people, but we can also be very ugly, if and when we want to.

I guess I should stay away from reading all the news feeds.  
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8 posted 08-08-2017 07:18 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

Lee this is so beautifully written ~ So much food for thought!  I devoured every word of it while reading ~ Truly a wonderful read   This really spoke to me as I read ~ Thank you so much for sharing it ~ Huggerz Alana
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