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Conversation With My Soul

Dwell not, O soul, on yesterday, on sorrows past and gone - the sketch you drew so long ago, today may be redrawn. Dwell not upon tomorrow's wars, nor borrow from their pain - that energy you need today let not your worries drain. Dwell not, O heart, on failures past though each one left its scar - rich lessons you have learned have forged the person you now are. Dwell not upon your victories, for those shall also pass - let not your pride construct a shrine to trophies made of glass. Dwell not, O soul, on others' gain nor envy those with much - contentment, paired with gratitude, brings peace no wealth can touch. Dwell not on anyone's downfall as though it lifted up your own estate; we're siblings all and drink from the same cup. Which seeds are we to sow upon this plot of ground we plow? Sow seeds of love, be brave, and dwell in the eternal now. Written 6 Dec 2020

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Date: 2/6/2023 10:11:00 AM
Dear Friend, once again you have brought to light one of your out of the park poems. So happy I didn't miss this poem on the starting pitcher's list again! How beautiful a conversation between you and your soul. This is not a diatribe or regurgitation of past faults but a gentle conversation founded in compassionate encouragement and blessing. What a blessing to read this again R&R Bro! Blessings! Your batting average is 1000!
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Date: 2/5/2023 3:21:00 AM
Back to read and congratulate you once again John on this classic of a poem. Cheers - Gary
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Date: 2/4/2023 8:01:00 PM
John, these pithy, proverbial gems are based on universal truths that have withstood the test of time. The last stanza is precious. A Fav Poem for me. Congratulations on your excellent win on Mile 26 of my 2022 Poetry Marathon. Your support of my contest has contributed to its success, and for that I am very grateful. Poets who have qualified to enter the Qualifiers' FINAL Placement Contest are being notified by Soup Mail.
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Date: 2/4/2023 6:18:00 PM
My dearest PoBro, I relish the opportunity to revisit this soul-baring masterwork yet again. The grand majesty of this sumptuous introspection is as rich, impressive and impactful as the first time I read it, if not more so now. A conversation with one's soul and ego is rewarding indeed.. I especially loved "Dwell not upon your victories, for those shall also pass - let not your pride construct a shrine to trophies made of glass." -incredible and "Dwell not, O soul, on others' gain nor envy those with much -contentment, paired with gratitude, brings peace no wealth can touch." - simple superb! Congratulations for your excellent win in Mark's contest. It's such a pleasure to share the podium with you, my inspiring sib. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~your PS-PS <3
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Date: 1/7/2023 12:38:00 PM
I really like this one for the contest. Gotta take off now. Joe had another fainting spell and I think ER is in order. So I will try to see your other poems later, gator
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John Watt
Date: 1/28/2023 10:41:00 PM
Andrea, thanks for helping me out. Hope Joe feels better real soon.
Date: 9/20/2022 7:19:00 AM
John your abilities as a writer are reflected in this one of a kind Poem. This is such a well thought truthful theme that captivates the reader as we examine the reflections of the Soul. Great Poetry I have read from you today. Congratulations and sorry so late in seeing. Be blessed my friend...
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Date: 9/20/2022 7:21:00 AM
PS a favorite John. Also congratulations on this Highest of Honors, well deserved...
Date: 9/1/2022 12:00:00 PM
Reads like the classic it is. Superb John. Cheers - Gary
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John Watt
Date: 9/1/2022 12:39:00 PM
Coming from a classic poet, that means a great deal to me. Thank you Gary. Cheers ~ John
Date: 8/24/2022 5:21:00 PM
John, I don't know how I missed this. You are, indeed, a master poet. Each line is full of meaning. One I especially loved ~ we're siblings all, and drink from the same cup. ~ If only we could each take that to heart. Congratulations! Please keep inspiring us with your beautiful words.
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John Watt
Date: 9/1/2022 12:37:00 PM
Aw, thank you Ann for your endearing and uplifting comment. I am always so grateful when someone points out a specific line or phrase they particularly liked. Enjoy your day ~ John
Date: 6/13/2022 9:12:00 AM
A lovely poem with a superb meaning to advise one's soul with concern to save it from possible worries and agonies. I can call this poem as an "Ode to the Soul." Kindly entertain us with more poems like this. All the best!
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Date: 4/8/2022 5:47:00 AM
wisdom of the ages line by line and the culmination of the path to be taken...great execution
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John Watt
Date: 4/9/2022 10:46:00 PM
Timothy, thank you for the visit and the kind words
Date: 1/24/2022 11:08:00 AM
What a deep mesmerizing write, a superb poem about a soul, your soul - you take the reader on a journey but I stopped and paused whilst reading your third stanza, the first 4 lines tell us so much about the poet. If only the more of us and not the less could adopt this attitude you so beautifully write about John my friend ...... 'we're siblings all and drink from the same cup'. Congratulations John, wow what a poem! Hugs and blessings, Jennifer
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John Watt
Date: 2/27/2022 11:32:00 PM
As always, dear Jenn, you are so kind, generous, and uplifting in your review... thank you for taking time to do a deep dive into these words and to bless me with your thoughts. Blessings and hugs ~ John
Date: 1/11/2022 10:44:00 PM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing this. God bless you.
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John Watt
Date: 1/12/2022 10:41:00 PM
Thank you, and you're welcome Beata. Grace and peace to you ~ John
Date: 1/8/2022 3:17:00 PM
such wise words indeed John, many congrats on your win, hugs Jan xx
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John Watt
Date: 1/12/2022 10:41:00 PM
Appreciate the lovely way you encourage so many Soup poets, Jan. I'm again honoured to be the recipient of your kind words. Hugs ~ John
Date: 1/7/2022 11:47:00 AM
That's quite a serious talk you had with your soul. Congratulations on your winning write, John.
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John Watt
Date: 1/12/2022 10:40:00 PM
Indeed, sometimes my soul needs a good talking to, lol. Thanks for your wonderful comment and congrats Lin ~ John
Date: 1/7/2022 9:30:00 AM
Oh John, this outstanding poem has such merit it should be taught in schools to those up-and-coming poets. I marvel at your talent and you need to take a bow. Bravo! A huge Fave my friend! Congratulations on your most worthy win. New year blessings xxoo
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John Watt
Date: 1/12/2022 10:39:00 PM
Immensely blessed by your poetry friendship Connie, and inspired by your poetic presence at Soup. I relish every comment you make and anticipate with joy every new poem of yours. Blessings to you ~ John
Date: 1/7/2022 8:03:00 AM
Great work. Congratulations!
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John Watt
Date: 1/12/2022 10:37:00 PM
I appreciate your kindness, Christuraj ~ John
Date: 1/7/2022 5:23:00 AM
A masterful poem, John. A powerful and heartfelt message. Thank you, thank you. Bryan
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John Watt
Date: 1/8/2022 11:07:00 AM
I appreciate your kind words Bryan. Enjoy your Saturday ~ John
Date: 1/7/2022 1:09:00 AM
Now that the contest is over, I can finally fave this one! Thanks for sharing, John and congrats on your win!
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Date: 1/7/2022 10:24:00 AM
Thank you Seeker, for sponsoring this contest and allowing us to listen in on the soul whispering within these talented poet's inner thoughts; I'm looking forward to reading each of your winners' contributions. Thank you also for your high regard of this one. Blessings upon your day ~ John
Date: 7/20/2021 4:36:00 PM
This is a classic John. I loved your words so filled with wisdom.
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John Watt
Date: 7/21/2021 10:48:00 AM
Thank you for the visit and very high praise, Nancy. Enjoy your day ~ John
Date: 1/5/2021 7:08:00 PM
Added to my favorites, John. Wonderful poem loaded with such wisdom. A masterpiece of both style and content.
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John Watt
Date: 1/7/2021 8:37:00 AM
Thank you for your fave and your warm review of this, Vernon. I hope you are enjoying your day ~ John
Date: 1/4/2021 2:47:00 PM
How did I miss this amazing write John with its classic elements, and wisdom, of hymns and poems! "Then sings my soul" flows through every line of faith! Congratulations on your #1 placement - pre-season prediction! Less than two months till spring training and you are already pitching 100 mph+ fastballs! Happy New Year dear friend!
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John Watt
Date: 8/8/2021 10:53:00 PM
So grateful for your poetry friendship, dear Sam. Your words simply vibrate with friendly enthusiasm and affirmation.
Date: 1/2/2021 7:39:00 PM
A masterpiece this is, xomo!
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John Watt
Date: 8/8/2021 10:54:00 PM
Such high praise indeed. Thank you so much Mo. Xoxo ~ John
Date: 12/31/2020 9:24:00 AM
Fine writing, my friend. The style takes me back to some classical poets. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for sharing your work with us.
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John Watt
Date: 8/8/2021 10:51:00 PM
I do so appreciate your high praise, Milton. Thanks for lifting my spirits with your thoughtful comment ~ John
Date: 12/30/2020 8:02:00 PM
Congratulations on your win and on POTD, with this wonderfully wise, exquisitely beautiful poem. Best wishes for the New Year, my friend.
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John Watt
Date: 12/31/2020 1:08:00 AM
Wonderful to read your comment today, dear Evelyn. I hope your New Year is filled with blessings, poetic and otherwise ~ John
Date: 12/30/2020 7:50:00 PM
I am back to congratulate you, john, on your placement for this great piece of advice to young writers!! Wish you a Very Happy New Year!!
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John Watt
Date: 12/31/2020 1:07:00 AM
Thank you very much, Newton ~ John
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