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Below is the poem entitled OLD CHINESE SAYINGS which was written by poet Michael Poyntz. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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There are no guarantees in life
save one…and none of us
certainly not me and possibly not you
no one can outrun the call of their own destiny
once upon a time is a saying
created only by the lawyers

Don’t rely on fortune cookies
as the reason to quit your job

Eat spicy Chinese food
out of a carton …with chopsticks…at least once
sit on a park bench and talk with a lonely stranger
say these words daily
as if they actually mattered to you
thank you……..please….and I love you

Draw your own lines carefully in the sand
then defend them with all that you are

Drink hot coffee from a bowl
hold onto the one you love with both hands
whatever you do in life do it with intense passion
never do what your enemy
expects you to do…ever
live well …love better

When you feel you are in the least danger
be truly aware for it is at that second danger draws near to you
dance and sing your heart out every single day
live….just live as large as you can
remember the Alamo


Copyright © Michael Poyntz

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  1. Date: 6/11/2012 5:32:00 AM
    This is great... I really enjoyed it. Nice to get such a blessing in such a beautiful monday afternoon.

  1. Date: 2/24/2012 7:02:00 AM
    Nicely done,I like yours poem Michael. - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 5:23:00 PM
    love it, words to live by

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 4:45:00 PM
    remember the Alamo, how cute is that! Enjoyed your poem, Michael. Hugs, catie :)