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Below is the poem entitled ESSENTIALS which was written by poet Kim van Breda. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Cluttered contents exposed by an open cupboard door
Time once again the enemy—staring at the clock on the wall
Just two nights— in Paris- ‘luggage’ and ‘baggage’ to be kept small
Life becomes weighted with each passing day
Reflections on life—real ‘Essentials’ to pack on our way

SIMPLICITY—life is far too complicated-- new goals to be reached
Striving for social standing, wealth, bigger and better in being
Past failures, future gains—elusive happiness remains
Present moments, not projected perfection to be gained

PEACE—that comes from knowing—who we are and where we are going
Avoiding criticism, being judgemental of others
Peace grows from the heart, not the head
Tolerating ourselves and others instead

GRATITUDE—appreciating small things we learn awareness and discernment
Counting our blessings daily, we finally grasp our gratitude
Life becomes meaningful when lived for others
Self-importance and stress disappear- becoming soul lovers

Copywright©2013—Kim van Breda

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  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:33:00 AM
    Well thought out and good clean advice to live by. Though I'm not sure it's a sonnet, per say, however the words themselves were a treat for the mind. I like the part about learning to tolerate yourself before tolerating others. Reminds me of the bible verse "Judge not others lest be judged"... good poem!

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 7:48:00 AM
    Kim I like the message and the format...David

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 4/7/2013 9:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks David-- encouragement coming from you is always valued.
  1. Date: 4/7/2013 6:25:00 AM
    Very expressive and creative work that you have penned..Enjoyed reading this morn..Sara

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 4/7/2013 9:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Sara- You are always complimentary and I appreciate that. Love your work too.
  1. Date: 4/6/2013 2:22:00 PM
    - Love it.... well done Kim !!!!- Bless you.- Have a great weekend! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 4/6/2013 12:59:00 PM
    Kim, i like the way you describe and identify a few reflections of our everyday essential life. and hopefully the reason for some of these-- is to clear a little stress and depression. Hope you are well and not depressed after reading your last poem "PERCEPTION REFLECTIONS ON DEPRESSION" however love the message here.... ...xox~ Linda

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 4/6/2013 2:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes... this is what I have learned works well. Thanks for encouragement Linda. xx