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We eat and drink to stay alive
But we need more to truly thrive;
For though our drinking and our eating
Keeps that central organ beating,

We’re aware, despite each thud,
That hearts require more than blood.
With our brains, they intertwine,
Nature’s cleverest design,

Providing what we need to grow – 
Only if we nurture, though.
Sustenance must thus be sought;
How to get it can’t be taught.

Each of us must find our way;
Some get lost and others stray.
Still, we struggle and we seek
For that which makes us each unique.

When we find it, we will bloom,
Spouting buds of sweet perfume.
Every being has the power
With some help, to rise and flower.

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  1. Date: 12/31/2012 8:01:00 PM
    Wonderful message, Beautiful poem, in witty rhyme. I love your poems they are so inspiring, so magical. But I fear that what I eat / has consequences bittersweet / For the food I've eaten bad and good / has turned me into Tulipwood / Ripe and painfully set / To be reshaped as a cabinet.

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 5:01:00 PM
    Yeast and flour make the bread that feeds the soul and fills the head. We all can make it if we try. And if we don't we live a lie.

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 6:41:00 PM
    Great work..Enjoyed reading this eve..Thanks for stopping by..I really like these couplets..Sara

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 2:40:00 PM
    this is amazingly clever ilene, a wonderful poem...also a very wise one...

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 1:12:00 PM
    A quick visit to your nice poem,Ilene. - Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas! - / / I'm sending you a big Christmas hug!! Anne-Lise :) - / /

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 6:39:00 AM
    Great poem! Gives inspiration for New Years's Resolutions! Terry

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 6:08:00 PM
    this one with a great message, Ilene. We all need so much more than mere food and water.

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 12:03:00 PM
    We have to find our way with God's help. Can't do it alone. That is why many are lost, alone, and without direction. We are not meant to be alone. Love your write, Ilene. Enjoyed.

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 11:37:00 AM
    A wonderful poem here Ilene.I like the concluding stanza very much.Thanks for your inspiring words at my pages.