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Looking Inside

Keep looking
upward, onward, forward…
oh, don’t forget, to look inward!

© Joseph, 1/2/09
© All Rights Reserved

Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.


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  1. Date: 6/23/2010 9:39:00 AM

    Once I look inward,and know'me',then I can look upward to thank the Lord for everything,then I can look onward,forward and move on,tnks for sharing this beauty,glad my fingertips led me here!Celene!

  1. Date: 7/20/2009 2:25:00 PM

    Words to live by, this is an excellent write, I love the inspiring tone of the read. Thank you for sharing and for your lovely comments. I am on the mend now... seems I'm like the tortoise thses days 'slow and steady wind the race"... :-) God's Love and Many Blessings to you and yours always, Adell

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 2:26:00 AM

    Abso correct. JD

  1. Date: 5/23/2009 8:14:00 PM

    Nice reminder!!! Yep, people usually forget that there's deeper and more interesting space where eye's can't actually get to roll and see; thanks for sharing!!!=D

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 11:15:00 AM

    Very uplifting verses, and love the title, you said it well. Thank you for your kind comments on my poem, always appreciated.

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 5:50:00 AM

    Written action with a punch that lingers in mind, and the last three words...Lodging, a natural aliment of the mind.

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 9:22:00 PM

    Nice! Well done on this one my friend :) Thanks for the visit and sweet comments also. I do appreciate them. I'll be reading you!

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 4:22:00 PM

    Joseph,..this is a great "Didactic",...Forward and onward! TY for this one ! james

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 3:03:00 PM

    Love this. Really I do. Betty

  1. Date: 5/10/2009 6:22:00 PM

    I agree -Alley

  1. Date: 5/10/2009 5:43:00 AM

    Quite right, and written just so :) Love this!

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 12:17:00 PM

    so so so right. all seems to be headed in the right direction. with Gods blessing. John H Loving III

  1. Date: 5/2/2009 1:40:00 PM

    Excellent reminder! It is that inward look that helps us become the best we possible can be. I enjoyed your haiku. Keep writing. Love, Dane

  1. Date: 4/27/2009 8:46:00 AM

    Hello dear Joseph. Just wanted to thank you for your thoughtful comment on my daughter's wedding blog. You are so very kind. I love reading this poem again. Says so very much. Also, if you are in touch with poor Margaret, please remind her I am thinking of her and family and hoping and praying she gets through this difficult ordeal. Warmest wishes to you and yours. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 4/26/2009 2:41:00 AM

    Because that is where it's at. :) an excellent poem, from an excellent man. thank you so much for supporting our contest, I hope all is well with your baby girl and you all. many blessings, Joseph, Kristin

  1. Date: 3/20/2009 2:22:00 PM

    Congratulations on your featured poem, and may this poem be a mirror reflecting you ... looking upward. One love and peace

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 1:02:00 PM

    Looking inward produces some of our greatest inspiration, Joseph. Really like this one! Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 6:18:00 AM

    Congrats on your selection this week. With your last line I totally agree. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 12:56:00 AM

    Indeed Josph such wise words.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 3/15/2009 2:01:00 PM

    Excellent philosophy ... thanks so much for the heads up about my incorrect form with the Epulaeryu ... I had it written down right in my notes about different forms but then forgot the last line when I wrote it ... guess I've eliminated myself from the contest but I'll go fix them anyway. Thanks again!!

  1. Date: 2/9/2009 3:10:00 AM

    yes I will... great one, Joseph!

  1. Date: 2/6/2009 6:12:00 AM

    Yes, the inter relationship of the micro cosim to the maco cosim. Good advise. Light & LOve Debbie

  1. Date: 1/31/2009 6:56:00 PM

    Very important, to be honest about what's going on inside. Strange to think so few people take the time to figure it out. Great write, Joseph! Donna G.

  1. Date: 1/18/2009 8:13:00 PM

    Very sage advice indeed my friend, I thank you Joseph for sharing such an uplifting write. God Bless, Always, Adell

  1. Date: 1/16/2009 4:16:00 PM

    I love the wisdom of this verse. Well done. Déirdre Maidín

  1. Date: 1/16/2009 6:22:00 AM

    Excellent message within this verse. Love the clarity of the read as well. Michael

  1. Date: 1/14/2009 4:50:00 PM

    Hey to you, Joseph! Hope you'll have a grand 2009 with lots of smiles, and leagues upon leagues of love! I smiled when I saw your posting...almost missed it.:( Fun piece"looking upward, onward, forward.......inward". Doesn't leave a whole lot of time for looking backward. Miss too much when one isn't look ahead. Miss your postings to you and yours! Mikki

  1. Date: 1/10/2009 4:02:00 PM

    Great words of wisdom! :) There are times I forget that last part too often. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers, Alana

  1. Date: 1/6/2009 7:06:00 AM

    Great words of encouragement and uplift. Continue to share

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 2:53:00 AM

    Amen to that! Yes, that last one is the hardest to remember, by far. love, Kristin