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GIVING LIFE TO LIFE
Will bring rewards over time
In wonder filled ways 

 

 

A GENTLE PERSON 
Is always admired
Whether so from birth or acquired

 

 

BY WORLDLY ACTIONS 
Affecting others
One immortilizes himself 

 

 

THE "HOW" AND THE "WHY" 
Of life and living
Can lead only to God

 

 

AT ALL TIMES THROUGH THICK AND THIN
Getting on with fife
As with a close friend 

 

 

RISE ABOVE THE CROWD 
See the great expanse 
Beyond the deafening din 

 

 

TRAUMATIZED BY PAIN
Mesmerized by death
Life can change for the better

 

 

WHEN PLAYING WITH FIRE 
Caution is required
Not to be consumed by it

 

 

THE MIND IS NOT INTENDED
To go round and round...
A revolving door

 

 

TO WELCOME EACH DAY
As if it were the last one
It may well be so

 

 

AS LONG AS ONE LIVES
Facing life bravely
Despite all that may occur 

 

 

A FAMILY TREE 
A curiosity
Of relative value 

 

 

SHOWING VANITY 
Is self fooler
By self undetectable 

 

 

TO HELP ANOTHER 
Going beyond self 
Is a privilege

 

 

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART
Without words it communicates
Affirmations of life

 

 

NOT TO WAIT FOR PAIN
One can become spiritual 
For better living

 

 

ONE'S BODY LANGUAGE
Can readily contradict
What one has spoken

 

 

HE IS A "BIG MAN"
Is not about looks
It's his generous spirit 

 

 

DISCOURAGING ANOTHER
INCLINED TO DO GOOD
IS BAD BEHAVIOR 

 

 

MYSTICAL WISDOM
Is given to very few
Who are specially blessed

 

 

ONE'S OUTER TRANSFORMATION 
Results from aging
Not so one's inner

 

 

REACHING FOR THE STARS
Is a metaphor
To know the Unknowable

 

 

QUESTIONS NO ANSWERS
Confusion and fear
Until one believes in God

 

 

CHECKING OUT A DREAM 
What is meant by it
One can only speculate 

 

 

ONE'S VISION OF THE FUTURE
Is speculation
With nothing at stake 

 

 

TO CONTROL THE TONGUE 
When another is involved
No more to be said

 

 

IN DAILY LIVING 
Acquitting one's self
Should not be an obsession 

 

 

ENJOY EACH MOMENT 
Irrespective of content 
Until one is no more 

 

 

TRYING TO HOLD ON TO TIME
Is a fantasy
Born out of ego

 

 

ENABLING SOMEONE
To do a good deed
Is truly ennobling him 

 

 

DESPITE ITS HARDSHIPS
To celebrate life
By living it heartily

 

 

SACRIFICE REFLECTS
Recognition of the need 
To live one's values

 

 

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
Cannot be compared
Each one is unique

 

 

I SPIN THOUGHT FROM WORDS
Weave them into cloth
Hoping they may comfort and warm

 

 

LOOKING BACK ON LIFE
Remembering the good times 
Letting all else go 

 

 

AT A LOSS FOR WORDS
When it comes to life
One must live it to know it 

 

 

AT ANY TIME IN ONE'S LIFE
A simple insight 
Can be life changing

 

 

TO BECOME HUMBLE
Being shown the way 
Is better than being told

 

 

FIGHTING WITH ONE'S DESTINY
With no chance to win
Is self defeating

 

 

MORE THAN A CLICHE 
Tender loving care
Tends to nurture healthy growth

 

 

A SMILE OR A WORD
Can create an atmosphere 
Of warm friendliness 

 

 

THE YEARNING TO LOVE 
Is as irrepressible
As is one's breathing

 

 

LET US PLAY LIKE CHILDREN
No distractions
By what comes next

 

 

THE SHARING OF WORDS
Cannot be compared 
To a mutual embrace

 

 

AS ONE GROWS OLDER 
Trying to simplify life
Is a common quest 

 

 

MY GARDEN CONTAINS
An assortment of flowers
Some unwanted seeds

 

 

IN MY MIND'S GARDEN
I'm even more selective
In what I let grow

 

 

BORN OF THE PAST
The pregnant moment
Carries in it the future

 

 

BY LEGAL DECREE
The sun is set in its place
One hour earlier

 

 

IN THE SEA OF LIFE
Let go, trust the buoyancy 
Then may you swim well 

 

 

TO THINK ONE CAN BORROW TIME
Is a delusion 
Flowing from ego

 

 

BEING EFFECTIVE 
Requires being involved 
In active living

 

 

TO CELEBRATE LIFE
Not on special occasions 
But every moment 

 

 

DESPITE DENIAL
BEING HELD BY ONE'S EGO
IS BEYOND QUESTION

 

 

FOR MY GREATER GOOD
I submerge concerns
Generated by my mind

 

 

HOPING AND PRAYING
They will not rise up again
I'll be free for good 

 

 

NO PASSING FANCY
Being religious
Is a life-long love affair

 

 

THE WILL TO SURVIVE 
BROUGH INTO ONE'S CONSCIOUSNESS
CAN OVERCOME All 

 

 

SEEING THE HUMOR
In worldlv matters
Makes for a jolly good life

 

 

MAN'S MORAL TEACHINGS
Are not abstractions
To be waved at from afar 

 

 

SEE LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE 
Reflect for a while
On its differences

 

 

OFFERING CRITICISM 
Is not warranted
Unless one means help

 

 

HAVING LOFTY IDEAS
Will help elevate 
Even the lowly

 

 

LIFE IS NOT A GAME
Nevertheless there are rules
For better results

 

 

A STROKE OF MY PEN 
Captures a moment
Otherwise forever lost

 

 

I OBSERVE MY THOUGHTS
As they come and go 
To stop a negative flow

 

 

BEDEVILING THE MIND 
Is the mind itself
Beware of its treachery 

 

 

A MORAL FABLE
Relates a story
With telling consequences

 

 

COUNTLESS MESSAGES 
Issued from on high
Life cannot be understood

 

 

TO TURN INWARDLY
Does not involve any movement 
That is visible 

 

 

HAVING WORLDLY CARES
Is everybody's lot 
All the time aware of God

 

 

MAKING A DAY COUNT
Requires accounting
For personal behavior

 

 

BAD - BUT NOT THAT BAD
Good - but not that good 
Accomodating the world

 

 

THOUGH SOME BACKSLIDING 
Progressing spiritually
As only I know 

 

 

WHEN FEELING ANXIOUS 
Some invoke superstition
Exposing their fears

 

 

NO OUTSIDE EXCUSE
Befits a grown man 
For his sorry behavior

 

 

BLIND PARTISANSHIP
Calls for repudiation
Clearly and firmly 

 

 

A PREREQUISITE
For helping others 
Is to be whole in one's self 

 

 

ENTERING THE MIND
Are many unwanted thoughts 
See them for what they are

 

 

PERFECTING THE WORLD
Not by revolution
But by patience ond love

 

 

EVERY DAY PRESENTS 
A new chance to separate
Oneself from staidness

 

 

TO LIVE JOYFULLY 
Savor each moment
As a draft of vintage wine 

 

 

ALL TIMES LIGHT HEARTED 
Never light headed
Allows for sure footedness

 

 

KEEPING VIGILANT
Day, night, at all time
intercept hostile thoughts 

 

 

THINKING BACK ON LIFE
That goes by so fast,
Does take more than a moment 

 

 

EATING HUMBLE PIE
To initiate
Healing and a moral life

 

 

EMOTIONAL TIES
Are sometimes stronger
Than the strongest sailor's knot

 

 

TO FIND THE COURAGE
To break out of convention 
Is a rarity

 

 

ONE'S PERSONAL AGENDA 
Needs to be reviewed
If it can be done

 

 

THE SIX MORTAL ENEMIES* 
FLEE THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE 
FEAR THEM EVEN MORE 

* ENVY, GREED, ANGER, LUST, LAZINESS, CYNICISM

 

 

ENTER LIFE'S AMUSEMENT PARK
Pay now or later
Later is much more

 

 

COMING TO GRIPS WITH OLD AGE
Man's greatest challenge
Done with a stout heart 

 

 

NOTHING EARTH SHAKING
For someone life enhancing 
Giving charity

 

 

EXAMINING MY MOTIVE
As I go along
Is it born of love?

 

 

GIVING TO THE POOR
Is more than philanthropy 
It is Salvation

 

 

HARNESSING THE MIND
To bring it under control
When it runs away

 

 

EGO TELL-TALE SIGNS
When it runs amuck
Can be sadness and despair 

 

 

CONSIDERATION
When shown to others
Reflects more than good manners

 

 

GETTING ON WITH LIFE
ACCEPTING WHAT IS
EVER WITH JOY IN ONE'S HEART

 

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