you ask me what I do
so many hats sit in a corner
some are dusty
others can no longer be worn
paper leaves scatter
rose petals crumble with age
children I have loved
stories I have told
no value a head shakes
pennies fall from my pocket
hope hangs …
trial and error
at times I want to give up
but one word…
inspires me to try
ignited and refreshed
I dedicate this to my dear friends / family in No. Uganda. Your love is not based on aquisition of things, a degree, a profession. It is given freely. That is the kind of love that God has for each of us.
would this make me perfect in your eyes
conforming to your image of a box?
though I’m more round than square
I admit for years I tried
I go about altering the way I am
once I’ve changed
there will be a wizard
who wants me to change back again
intelligence isn’t in season
creativity so blase
inarticulate all the rage
through I cannot see the reason
alas I must accept who is me
look you square in the eye
is it the rise of dawn that you see
or just empty shackles???
Today the prompt at Poets United is Acceptance – do you accept yourself as the wonderful person you are???
trying to figure out love? – look to the Greeks
Love: Common but so misunderstood
Love is such a common theme in writing, in poetry, in life- yet so misunderstood. Why?
What is love? Why even test the waters when most likely someone is going to get hurt? Wouldn’t it just be safer to live in a “love” void our entire lives? Maybe. BUT -Our beings have a space or a black hole. This space clamors to be filled with love, acceptance, purpose. There are so many types of love -will one type do?
Greeks Define Love
Look at the Greeks they understood love and it’s depth. No way could one word define love.
They used five words:
- Eros – self explanatory (need I say more?)
- Storge – affection the love for a family member
- Thelema – desire to be revered in achievement (writers understand this one)
- Philia – friendship / loyalty
- Agape – the almost out of reach sacrificial love (CS Lewis’ definition “Caring regardless of the circumstances”)
Work your way up to the difficult aspects of love
Maybe that’s the thing- we need to look at the many facets of love. A person may not be great at the Eros kind of love, but soars at Philia. Agape may be on the skids, but Storge is at an all time high. Love though elusive wants to be discovered. So maybe start at the easier aspects of love like Philia. Think -first date- Philia. Second date (we’ll see how the Philia goes on the first date). Well if you are only aiming for one date what the heck go for the Eros.
I recently spoke with a widowed family member. You’d think by seventy that a person would have the whole “love thing” down – right?? Well for some I gather it’s like going back to “square one.” Interesting that people made it through with the first or second marriage and at seventy are behaving like they did as teens.
What’s up with that? I guess these people didn’t study enough Greek in school.
I think when I am seventy I am going to stick to Thelema – it seems rather safe
***You might say I have the whole love thing figured out – can you please post a blog and enlighten the rest of us.