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In The Sight of Others

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John Yaws
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0 posted 01-04-2000 10:33 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Did you ever try to analyze-
Your feelings, thoughts, emotions?
And find the basis of those strange..
And often foolish notions.

Perhaps it’s pride which makes you stiff
And causes all your problems
And if you’d merely yield a bit-
Quite likely you would solve them.

Perhaps the view with which you see-
Yourself..is quite askance-
Indeed you may be different-
To someone else’s glance.

Perhaps the things you so admire-
Acquaintance often hate-
And things you fancy weakness-
Are quite another state.

That pang of sweet compassion-
Which you esteem so wrong-
May be the very element,
You need to make you strong.

The greatest gift, said Robert Burns-
The Maker ever “gie us”..
Is eyes to look upon ourselves-
And see “as others see us”.

(4 Jan., 2000; Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)
© Copyright 2000 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Bojopy
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1 posted 01-04-2000 10:39 PM       View Profile for Bojopy   Email Bojopy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bojopy

I love the part about "as others see us".  Is that your own???

 


John Yaws
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2 posted 01-04-2000 10:46 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

No, it is a quote from Robert Burns, "The gift, the gift, the gift He gie us-
to see oursel's as others see us".
Balladeer
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3 posted 01-04-2000 11:12 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Good thoughts, gs, and that would be an excellent gift indeed.
WhtDove
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4 posted 01-04-2000 11:46 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Yes indeed all agreed! To see us how others do what a gift that would be!

 <*\\\><
Where there is faith,
there is love.
Where there is love,
there is peace.
Where there is peace,
there is GOD.
Where there is GOD,
there is no need.

Hallmark


Marilyn
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5 posted 01-04-2000 11:57 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

You never fail to amaze me with your depth GS. Wonderful this. Christopher issued a challange in prose on this subject. We must write about someone else's thoughts when they first meet us. Quite a challenge indeed.
Meadowmuse
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6 posted 01-05-2000 12:08 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

"Indeed you may be different-
To someone else's glance."

This is classical work and message, GS! And I love the Burns quote. That's from, "To a Louse," isn't it? You've got another fine poem here.

Dear LadyClaire


[This message has been edited by Meadowmuse (edited 01-05-2000).]
Nan
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7 posted 01-05-2000 07:46 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Glad to see such wisdom from one who packs a pistol.....
Denise
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8 posted 01-05-2000 10:31 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wonderful poem, Gunslinger. Insight is a true gift! Especially when about ourselves!

So now you are in Georgia? I hope your travels are going well!

 Denise

Martie
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9 posted 01-05-2000 08:02 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Great thought here Gunslinger and very well written, as your poetry always is.

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
 
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