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Letter To Myself

Give it up, no time for excuses
A sad man will cry but a broken man uses
His sadness as a reason for why he abuses
Himself and who he loves and they are who he accuses

When things go wrong you can't just run and hide
In this life we can't control we're just along for the ride
You take the good with the bad, all the tears you have cried
you add them all up and they reflect in your stride

But try and stand tall, try and walk even taller
if you're aching to call pick up the phone and call her
If you're striving for knowledge, go out become a scholar
Don't let your folly's in life tighten 'round your neck like a collar 

The one they put around your neck with a tag for return
If you stray too far away and their reality begins to burn
You'll be sent right back and re-taught what they want you to learn
And they'll convince you their acceptance is vital to earn

You can fall in with the crowd, take your place in line
Or you can choose to use your voice, you can choose to shine
A ray of light breaking the dark, peaceful and benign
show the world around you it's not that hard to realign

So get up out of bed, I want only positive today
I want you to let go of your sadness, push the negative away
I want you to appreciate the people, all the ones who've stayed
And thank them every day, they could so easily have strayed

Life is not a chore that slowly we get done
It's as random as our planet floating steady 'round the sun
It's meant to be enjoyed, it's experiences fun
and if your head lays down for good and you are happy, you can rest easy, you have won

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 5/25/2014 9:19:00 PM
This is a truly amazing write.. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/27/2014 2:26:00 PM
thank you so much Robert!! I'm so happy you decided to read my work and your kind words mean a lot to me :)
Date: 5/22/2014 10:20:00 PM
This is an amazing poem. I really like it. When you talked about "...not going gentle into that good night..", I thought about experiences that changed my life a few years ago for the better. My life got better I made friends and I formed closer bonds with most of the people where I do my volunteer work. I let my light shine it's like I became a different person. I spend time with friends three Saturdays a week and I've been dating this guy named Mike for a year now. Life is pretty good...
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/27/2014 2:25:00 PM
Thank you soooo much Ayesha!! you are sweetheart, thank you for reading my work :) and im soo glad you can relate to my words and appreciate the message, and one of my biggest messages to myself from these poems is let your inner self shine no matter the judgement you face :)
Date: 5/21/2014 5:32:00 PM
applause. Way to rock out the positive sweets. Very good worthy of a big smile from me :)
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/27/2014 2:22:00 PM
thank ya much young lady :) ya know thats all i'm lookin for!! :P
Date: 5/17/2014 6:43:00 AM
Hello, Eric. It's my first time reading you and I've decided to start with your first post. The way you wrote this totally blows all those self-help books I've read out of the water. If I had your poem to read when I was heaving myself out of quicksand, then I probably would have gotten out sooner. There's a truckload of lessons on here and definitely deserves to be read by everyone.
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/17/2014 7:45:00 AM
Wow Jake thank you soo much for your kind words, im humbled. I'm so glad you found this poem and could relate to my work and appreciate it, and apply it to different times in your life. That's what writing is all about :) Thank you again!! I will be sure to stop by your page soon!! have a great weekend
Date: 5/14/2014 1:09:00 PM
Really good "pick me up" poem!
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/17/2014 7:41:00 AM
Thank you so much Olivia!! :)
Date: 5/11/2014 6:29:00 AM
you have a nice was of giving someone a feeling they can do it to
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/12/2014 5:01:00 AM
thanks cynthia!! I feel like most of my poems are on the more serious, solemn side so I like and try and use those serious experiences and turn them around to show the reader thats not how they have to feel :) annyyways I always appreciate your words :) thank you and have a great morning!!! :)
Date: 5/9/2014 1:02:00 PM
I love it.. It is so meaty. There are so much insight and reminders. My favorite line is "So get up out of bed, I want only positive today I want you to let go of your sadness, push the negative away I want you to appreciate the people, all the ones who've stayed And thank them every day, they could so easily have strayed"
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/9/2014 3:12:00 PM
Thank you so much Doris :) I kind of have an inner monologue in my poetry where I'm truly talking to myself, and thank you!! I think that is soo true and i try to remind myself that everyday, people don't appreciate people enough :) but I appreciate your kind words, hope you enjoy more and I'm looking forward to your next :)!!
Date: 5/6/2014 6:39:00 AM
Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Eric
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/6/2014 7:05:00 AM
Thank you so much Doctor Mehta!! it means a lot that our little community is so supportive :)
Date: 5/5/2014 1:04:00 PM
- Warm welcome to PoetrySoup, Eric :) - I choose your first very good written poem - Nice to meet you :) - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- PoetrySoup Rule1: Be kind and keep PoetrySoup a haven. PoetrySoup is a drama free zone(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/6/2014 7:07:00 AM
Than you soo much Anne, I'm extremely flattered, and I feel very welcomed to our little community hear and I feel like its a great tool to help everyone with a passion for writing hone their craft, so thank you!! Hope you do return :)
Date: 5/1/2014 4:48:00 PM
Deep, Poem Eric, , Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. I will get much delight, in reading and in time become familiar with your verse. As for now, I will greet you with the same smile, others passed, when I first join the soup 4 years ago. I wish you the best when it comes to your compositions. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you wish. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND" Hugs* SKAT
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/6/2014 7:10:00 AM
SKAT A!! sorry for just getting back to you, I am just getting used to how to do everything on the site, i'm a little slow :P Thank you so much for your encouragement and support for my work, and I am sure I will become very familiar with your writing :)
Date: 5/1/2014 11:18:00 AM
WOW, Eric, I like this letter to yourself. Many things on here, are good reminders. Mostly, I like, the feeling, of stand in and take the punch. Things get bad, when running from problem. XOX~ Linda
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Eric Schojan
Date: 5/6/2014 7:11:00 AM
You hit it right on the head Linda!! :) I always have my meaning for my poems in the back of my mind but I also like my writing to leave a good amount of room for self-interpretation, but its always nice when someone sees it exactly how you intended :)