'Hammered By The Blues' Burma Shave Poetry
It's always darkest before the dawn, with spirit at low ebb;
With sunrise we are renewed, resuming spin to our life's web;
The challenge is to leave this day better off than it started;
Sharing joy and compassion, triumphant and whole hearted!
Clean air and fresh water are essential for life;
Ain't no doubt or substitute to nurture wildlife;
For a future of any kind, we got to work together;
Solutions to common problems must be the bellwether!
Honor and integrity can never be taken from you;
It can only be surrendered by what you say or do;
When ‘truth’ is shaped by perception, we must judge by acts;
Our story is written by repetitive, historical, behavioral facts!
Kindness is a gift, empathy is a connection;
The cost is negligible, the reward confection;
Joy multiplies between us, spreading from head to heart;
Tis simply restoring respect & giving peace a head start!
Change is a constant, desire is but a whim;
Attitude defines both, be it joyous or grim;
Inspire positives with compassionate, intentional actions;
Avoid passing judgement, and other feckless distractions!
No matter the effort, you can't change folks' mind;
You can address Your view of 'em, attitude refined;
If we can't agree on opinion, we can still embrace respect;
It's but a simple way to get along, peacefully circumspect!
I bear you no malice if we don't agree;
Respectful dialog will allow us both to see;
Differences foster baleful, petty and negative feelings;
Unlike joyful commonalities that bond us human beings!
I dreamed of a world built on honor and respect;
Where we care for our planet and life we protect;
This notion, fostered with childhood friends each day;
I cling to, in hope for all of us, as I grow older and gray!
The lessons we've learned we must practice to keep;
In this day and age you'll find, away they will creep;
If you want a better world for all children of tomorrow;
Act with kindness and love, not teach hatred and sorrow!
Restating lies louder don't bring 'em closer to the truth;
Divining for honesty may be the next fountain of youth;
At the very least the quest is the best way to spend time;
Sharing knowledge and love is mankind's best paradigm!
Personal peace is an individual, yet universal goal;
It defines hearts' actions and a calmness in our soul;
It is achieved thru love, empathy, compassion and respect;
Fear and hatred will subvert the dream when left unchecked!
We're blessed with family and stories to share;
Sometimes joyous, sometimes sadness to bear;
It's all part of a grand journey both infinite and short;
All defined by Love shared in tiny moments of import!
This time of year encourages us to end the strife;
Mend them fences, welcomin' all back into yer life;
Political differences are fodder for civil conversation;
Don't let it become a wedge separating all in our nation!
Gratitude is the foundation of your personal peace;
It fosters deep joy, causing exponential increase;
Sharing Love shines light on the magnificence of spirit;
Lift up all Souls to rejoice in our commonality inherent!
Our hearts will thrive thru Love shared;
When random act of kindness are dared;
When we all stand together the soul mends;
With empathy, WE are ONE, until time ends!
Choice comes from either impetulence or contemplation;
However predicated, there's no responsibility abdication;
Consider actions with care and all unintended consequence;
It defines how we move forward, in discord or concomitance!
Hatred confines you to a box, with no room to grow;
Echoing prevalent base lies to keep your spirit in tow;
Love shared fluidly with all, nurtures the heart and sets you free;
It's the simplest hard choice you'll make, defining who you will be!
Time is the most precious, ephemeral gift we are given;
We invest it in pursuit of dreams, both restful and driven;
When all’s said and done and you reflect on choices made;
Peace is found in acts of compassion and Love conveyed!
Simply put; what you think about, you will bring about;
You choose direction, then try hard to figure it all out;
Fear begets hatred, as sure as positivity creates peace;
Embrace joy, share Love, and feel your distress release!
Truth is significantly more valuable than personal opinion;
Opinion repeated louder does not enter truth's dominion;
Sharing alternate facts doesn't contribute to honest discourse;
Confirm information to insure you become a reliable resource!
We can exist with little, but balance is required to thrive;
Good deeds offset the bad ones, the latter you must shrive;
No matter what we do or who we are, whether positive or other;
Karma requires we live in harmony, caring for our Earth Mother!
We crave culture, civility, compassion, and care;
Don't matter what we gotta do in order to get there;
We all learned how to get along as kids in the sandbox;
Differences are gifts, requiring respect in our toolbox!
Politics and religion are but individually held opinion;
I ain't gonna waste time draggin' you into my dominion;
I choose to advocate ways in which we can work together;
With peace, love and understanding as mankind's treasure!
Truth matters, it's the pillar of worthwhile relationships;
The propensity to lie is the worst of personal postscripts;
There is only one fool who actually believes the prevarication;
The initiating soul is full of caca and in dire need of purgation!
When sellin' your opinion, arguin' your point of view;
Stick to the positive facts, beneficial to all, and true;
Persuasion is an art best practiced in the realm of reality;
Unless tryin' to change a mind with the cognition of a flea!
Joy and peace thrive well in an absence of fear;
Fostering the best in us and those we hold dear;
The unknown is just that, and will be dealt with, in it's time;
Until then, don't fret, continue the plan, and onward, climb!
Adversity and challenge do present opportunity;
Most often the best is we come together in unity;
The Human Spirit endures, much longer than history tells;
Each time the faithful get stronger, lifted up from dark wells!
Knowledge is power and unified purpose defines;
It’s darkest of times when Humanity really shines;
Politics and prejudice fade when we embrace homogeneity;
The upside of a crisis is joyous serendipitous spontaneity!
The path you walk reflects the truth in your soul;
Perception of the view shapes attitude as you stroll;
Peace or chaos is a choice you 'think' is out of your control;
But intentional step after step will take you to your goal!
The more selflessly you give, the more ye shall reap;
Magnanimity is a simple concept, not a quantum leap;
It's the best way to leave this place better'n when ya found it;
It's a gift to self, of life well lived, while those in need benefit!
Common sense ain't common, as documented in the news;
Some times ya gotta shake yer head 'n crank up them Blues;
I know it's not for enjoyment as you watch the dumb down dance;
But laughter is better for mental health, livin' with circumstance!
One for all and all for one is a paradigm so sweet;
It would save us from a future, greedy and replete;
We're a species unique, struggling with the concept of 'One';
It's simple; joined together we win, stay separate we're done!
Although we are 'One', motivations are across the board;
Some'll give the shirt off their back, others find need to hoard;
If you want to understand differences between the 'Us' and 'ME';
'ME's' obsess fear & hate, 'Ones' use Love for the good of 'We'!
Peace is abundant, laying dormant in your heart;
To awaken it fully you must actively do your part;
Steadfast kindness, empathy, and compassion, are the keys;
Finding joy in our common humanity is what Love guarantees!
You woke up, opened your eyes and breathed today;
Be grateful 'cause you wouldn't want it any other way;
Gratitude's contagious, you should share it with all you meet;
The rewards are swift, soul healing with heartfelt joy replete!
If you respect yourself, it's easy to respect others;
It surprises me many don't, when given their druthers;
It must've been forgotten we share one planet and one goal;
It takes selflessness and truth to cleanse the collective soul!
My friends, we are bein' challenged by plague and hate;
We can persevere and overcome 'cause it ain't too late;
We must respect each other as sisters and brothers;
Caring for all like they're our Fathers and Mothers!
Change rarely comes easy and is generally overdue;
It is testament to faith and persevering on through;
Blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice is always the price paid;
The faithful leading the charge, heart-strong and not afraid!
We come into this world, without the stench of prejudice;
We're taught myths and biases, making truth incredulous;
With eyes wide open, courage and a compassionate heart;
We can transcend the hatred, giving Love a fresh start!
Bringing Peace to your soul is a personal duty;
Calm your mind and be baptized in nature’s beauty;
Embrace music in your heart with compassionate proclivity;
You can change the world with Love, inspiring human dignity!
The best way to foster change is offering a helping hand;
To make the world better using Love is a mission Grand;
We don't have to agree on opinions, just that we're all the same;
I'm sure we'll find many things in common, while playin' life's game!
Satisfaction takes hold when responsibility is embraced;
Respect grows stronger in triumph when fears are faced;
It is what it is they always say, what is shall eternally be;
Apart we're adrift, but when united, together we are free!
Accept your lessons with style and grace;
It's edifying, leavin' you in a better place;
An open mind always has room for wiser knowledge;
Makin' 'knocks' less hard as you attend life's college!
Karma fills your fulcrum with positives and negatives;
Balance is maintained by following moral imperatives;
Learning from the sum total can help you on your quest;
Extending love & respect will always leave you blessed!
Is your next step taken by choice or preordained;
It's the chicken or the egg paradigm totally sustained;
Throw off the chains you have created, let your soul fly;
Embracing true spiritual freedom without having to die!
We struggle with circumstances while soaring with hope;
Tho' the travails of everyday can make it harder to cope;
Know true power comes from within, & Love is it's manifestation;
Fulfilling the dream for a better world, built on a solid foundation!
If the tides rise and it's left up to you to save us all;
Will you stand up, heed the clarion and answer the call;
Mother Earth needs our help, as do folks in dire distress;
Open your heart with compassion, so Love will coalesce!
Your future is as bright as you believe it will be;
It's about a plan and courage to work it, you see;
All the darkness is but illusion brought on by base fear;
Turn the negatives to positives and kick it into high gear!
If you're measuring success by money, power, and stuff;
Your character is weak and your game ain't up to snuff;
True riches are found in Honor, Compassion, and Integrity;
Makin' the World inclusive for all will boost your prosperity!