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High Ground

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Sunshine
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0 posted 12-19-1999 08:47 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

High Ground

All around me there is some serious griping
troubled souls in need of well-meant hyping,
sometimes it can really get me down,
that's when I head for the high ground.

Some get a kick out of dishing despair,
then act as if they never care;
so the only way I can turn it around,
is when I head for the high ground.

I care not for gossip or righteous stories,
for in such vain things there is no glory,
and nay, I do not wear a crown,
but simply step up, toward high ground.

I could follow a simpler road,
I could lie, and treat people cold,
but all of that would bring me down,
when I'd rather head for high ground.

and I'd really rather not get stuck
in useless misery and self-made luck,
no, in someone's muck I'll not lie down,
Lord, lift my feet toward high ground.

Perhaps it's a road less traveled on,
but my real friends know I'm never gone,
for they're with me, standing all around,
when we travel toward high ground.

İKRJ
19 December 1999



 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 12-19-1999 09:09 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Dear Sunshine,
No need to take the higher ground
If you are in your friends' surround
It's hard to judge another's intention
Might be sorrow and not pretention
Might be someone reaching out
Might need your hand to sort things out
I hope that you don't go too far
For you are sure a shining star
A lovely poet, a lovely friend
Might be that person's happy end
But then again, I cannot judge
You might be trudging in real sludge!
If that's the case,I am with you
And heading for the hilltops, too!
Liz
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2 posted 12-19-1999 09:13 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Very poigniant piece Sunshine and there are times when I'll be standing right next to you on that higher ground....

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


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3 posted 12-19-1999 09:37 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Elizabeth, friend to all sorts,
a trip with you I'll not abort,
my only reason to head for high ground
is from those who would drag me down.

I already know they could care less
to put aside evil, live on stress,
making lives miserable to those who'd hear,
while I'd rather cast about cheer.

So join me, friend, while we give of ourselves
like jolly little friendly elves,
and you will join me on my road
as well as Passions' members in this abode.

**

Pepper, you are the one with whom I'll meet
as I gather strangers on the street
to take them to you, who will cheer them on
as we move to high ground, dusk or dawn.

It's not that I'm better, I've far to go,
it's just at this time in my life, it's so;
I'd rather do good, and right, for I've seen
the dark side and trust me, there is no sheen.

As many here, leaders they are, all,
and from good, sometimes I'd fall,
but my life is in my hands, it's true,
so I'll take the high ground, to be with you.


 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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4 posted 12-19-1999 10:30 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Wow! Sorry my poetic response mode is off this morning...LOL  Y'all are GOOD!

Sunshine, another great piece from your pen  

 It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain


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5 posted 12-19-1999 01:04 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

A good thought to remember when time are tough  
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 12-19-1999 02:59 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sunshine,
Well damn it all save me a spot
I won't be left here to rot. *L* Sy
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7 posted 12-19-1999 03:45 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

That was beautiful, Sunshine.  It takes that strength of commitment to elevate others, rather than being brought down into their darkness.  We can all wallow in the depths of despair, crying on each others shoulders, but it takes one like you to make the sorrowful look up.
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8 posted 12-19-1999 04:55 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Austrailians have a certain way
To talk about a trip away
They say, when they are full of doubt
It's time to take a "walkabout".

At times, in order not to grieve,
It's best to pack one's bags and leave
When ears are full of others' shouts
It's time to take a walkabout.

Some simple temporary jaunt
To where harrassment doesn't haunt
Where misery is not allowed
And folks are kind and stand up proud.

So, rather than endure the few
Who fills one's life with ballyhoo,
There is no need to frown and pout
When you can simply walkabout.

When things come on to bring us down
It's time to smile and look around,
Say, "Sorry, folks, I'm stepping out.
It's time to take a walkabout".

AMEN to your poem, Sunshine.
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9 posted 12-19-1999 05:52 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Sunshine: Both heights give a different perspective and both are like fresh air..

HUGS

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...


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10 posted 12-19-1999 07:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Great poem, Sunshine! Nothing like that higher ground, for sure!  

 Denise


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11 posted 12-19-1999 09:41 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Let the Sunshine in.......
Munda
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12 posted 12-19-1999 09:47 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

It shows once more what a beautiful person you are. : )
Merry Christmas to you Sunshine.
Hugs.

Munda : )
Dark Angel
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13 posted 12-20-1999 06:32 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

You Go Girl, don't let anyone bring you down!!! Loved it Sunshine  

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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14 posted 12-20-1999 08:29 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Enjoyed the poem... and the responses!!!  
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No one has enjoyed the responses more than I - and Balladeer, I am delighted beyond measure that you would take the time to compose such a delightful ditty.  I am not unfamiliar with the term walkabout, but indeed did not know the true meaning behind the words.

Thank you everyone, for letting me know your thoughts on this piece.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Karilea, you are the Sun!


Linda
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17 posted 03-07-2005 02:50 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I appreciate this even more now... glad I found the link for another read! *S*
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18 posted 04-15-2005 02:52 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

oh this is due for a repost I believe
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