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Philosophy of a generous man

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Philosophy of a generous man

The philosophy of a generous man.

He’d lived his life a generous man
Cause that’s how he was made
There were so many in this world
That He’d helped within his days.
It was nothing personal
His nature was to give
Because he really knew no better
This was how he chose to live.

Yet in this world be many takers
That’s the common thread of things
And most would grab at anything
This gentle man would bring.
And many gathered round this man
And sucked his very soul
And yet he never cared at all
Cause this was just his role.

A counsellor who saw him once
He mentioned to this man
That maybe he should change his ways
And some returns demand.
The man just looked him in the eye
And told him “Have no care
For I be like a great fruit tree
My fruit blows everywhere”.

He said “Yes that be who I am
I scatter me around
My fruit be spread for all to take
To pick up from the ground.
Yet should you be the type that takes
And never gives returns
Then Karma will catch up with you
For the wheel it turns, I’ve learned”.


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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 11:33:00 PM

    my only suggestion would be to change this line "It wasn’t nothing personal" just a little bit, to either "it was nothing personal" or "it wasn't anything personal", just for the reason that your other sentences are more formal, so I feel that this one was a tad bit awkward. I loved your poem though, the title was intriguing and its a relatable character trait. good job!

    Larkin Avatar Carly Larkin Date: 12/30/2013 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are very welcome, glad I could help :)
    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/30/2013 3:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Carly I looked into this poem again, and you are quite right, I have changed that line now, and I thank you for pointing it out to me...Peter
    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/30/2013 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Carly for your kind comments, and for your suggestions for improving the poem... I appreciate this....peter
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 10:01:00 PM

    Excellent write, Peter!!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/16/2013 4:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Bindu....peter
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 4:42:00 PM

    I am tweeting now.

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 4:02:00 PM

    May I tweet a link to this poem? I don't have many followers, but I'd like to share this piece with a wider audience.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/15/2013 4:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, my friend, you do me a great honour by wanting to share my words. You are most welcome to share any of my poems, at anytime....peeter
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 2:12:00 AM

    These words say it all, a very generous man indeed, especially with his kindness and listening , the world needs more people like you cuz xxxx

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/15/2013 3:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A big thank you to my favourite cousin, who is always so very kind with her words and is the most generous person I have ever met. I appreciate your comments Suzi....Peterxxxx
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 5:35:00 PM

    A lovely ballade, so truthful in message. Your rhythm and rhyme are so effortless, this piece is inspiring.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/15/2013 4:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Scott, as always your comments are very much appreciated....peter
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 4:59:00 PM

    For sure Peter..what goes round comes round eventually...another awesome poem.... Hello sweet Vera..:-)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/15/2013 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Donna, and thank you for your giving your regards to my lady. She is very much taken aback by this...peter
    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/15/2013 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Frederic, for your kind comments...peter
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 4:38:00 PM

    A lot of truth in this poem

  1. Date: 12/13/2013 3:55:00 PM

    And again, I thank you, my friend. Your comments are so very welcome....peter

  1. Date: 12/13/2013 3:44:00 PM

    Excellent write Peter. You have a way of saying such truth and sound wisdom and laying it out in a perfect flowing manner. Both your talent and wisdom always shine through. Take care.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/14/2013 3:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Vincent, it is people like you who inspire me to write these poems, and I appreciate this so much....Peter