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It seems so many traits that make up good character in a person are becoming visible less and less. The aspects that make up what beautifies the human spirit, the human soul, are becoming out of style, obsolete. Love has so many wonderful components and it's these components that must be present to nurture and nourish the Love we all have within us. Either we choose to nurture them or we starve them. If we nurture, we shine as a result. If we choose to starve them, we then become prime candidates for darkness to consume us and with the darkness comes all the opposites of Love, the negatives on the side of hatred. We are given 'free will' to choose for ourselves which we will pursue, Love and Light -or- Hate and Darkness. I choose "Love and Light".

Kathy Mantei, a dear friend of mine and sister in Christ, wrote a status on Facebook (2014-05-03), which inspired me to write this poem and place it in a work of art as well. It was a very sad day, when the Lord called her home two years ago and a huge loss for this wretched world. She lived every day acknowledging and praising God's Presence in her heart and life. 

"See ya after while, Crocodiles! :) Me and Momma are off to shop at Sam's Club! If ya need anything leave me your list! :-D"

Hence.. my list... 

Shopping List by Artsieladie

"Shopping List"

Sister Kathy's going shopping and she's asked me for my list,
Needing LOTS of help, so I could not her, resist...

I have a Shopping List not too very long,
But the items listed must be sadly wrong.
My list was made awhile ago, still incomplete,
For it seems I'm shopping for things obsolete,
Or at the least rare, very scarce to uncover,
No longer cultivated, to find, to discover.

At the very top is Love, which should be everywhere,
But not so easy is it to find, leaving me in despair.
I can find ego alright, aplenty all around,
But humility? ..So little to be found.
There's apathy and indifference, an abundant supply,
But finding empathy and compassion, the well's gone dry.
Everywhere I turn, there's justification freely spread,
Yet, no accountability found, as others are on, tread.

Truth and honesty are on my list, second from the top,
It seems though, they're out of stock every place I shop.
While lying and deceitfulness are generously promoted,
Handed out like candy, so sweetly, sugar coated.
Honour and respect have become out of season.
Patience and acceptance have lost all their reason.
Gratitude and thankfulness left with news of yesterday;
Now everything is about 'me' the headlines read and say.

Other things I've listed like kindness, hope, and caring,
Compassion and forgiveness, not many up for sharing.
Understanding's not in style, a fad of yesterday,
Passing judgement onto others now on display.
Modesty and privacy, their contracts have run out,
With ostentatious behaviour flaunted all about.
Consideration for others, indefinitely placed on ice,
Manners and politeness gone, along with friendly, nice.

All the many values to build character needed, 
Integrity and virtue, all practically depleted.
Principles and convictions, rocks on which to stand,
Have all but washed away, leaving only shifting sand.

I made my list awhile ago but without much success,
For all the shopping done has caused me great distress.
Even words I'm shopping for can't be found with ease,
Like, "I'm sorry" or "Thank you" or the one, "Please".
I never thought my list to be so arduous a task,
Until I went shopping and then I had to ask,
For items I thought to be to all near and dearly,
Their scarcity alarms me, saddens me severely.

Up and down I've searched, aisle after aisle,
A rarity indeed should I see a happy smile.
I enter every store, every shopping mart, 
Hoping just to fill my empty shopping cart.
I am lucky if I can find just one or two or three
Of the items I've been searching for in every shopping spree.
But the saddest thing of all on my list, at the very top,
Is that genuine Love is hard to find no matter where I shop.

What's so really sad you ask about Love in short supply?
Because Love is within all of us, but still we shun it. Why?
It does seem my Shopping List is much longer than I thought,
But surely ‘twould be nice to find everything I’ve sought.
It is my wish one day to find abundantly all of the above,
And shining in everyone’s hearts the item we know as Love.

Written by Artsieladie/Sharon Donnelly
©2014-05-04
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Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 8/6/2018 9:14:00 AM
I chose this as a favourite some time ago but I didn,t give it the praise it deserved.I think this is incredible! It is inventive,inspiring and so well written and a pleasure to read.There is also hope because yourself for one ascribe to all that is good and true about life and many others here echo your thoughts as well. Thank you for this.
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Date: 6/10/2018 8:43:00 AM
This is a fabulous write...Rhythm and flow...and message too...Enjoyed it...All the best my friend
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Date: 6/13/2018 10:54:00 PM
Thank you, Arturo, for your supporting words. With much of my poetry, I write to relay a message, hoping it is good and hope it's understood. Have a pleasant day. :) ~ Artsie
Date: 6/10/2018 4:46:00 AM
What a beautiful verse this is, love how you've written it. I find society today is wrapped up in their own little worlds of phones, tablets etc and never seem to look out. Love is still there in many but harder to find in others. Sorry to hear about your friend. Tom
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Date: 6/10/2018 5:11:00 AM
Thank you, Tom, for your thoughts and condolences. I agree with you. There's no emotion, no feeling, no real caring, which texting promotes. There are still some genuine folks who still Love and care, but they're getting more difficult to find. Have a pleasant day.:) ~ Artsie
Date: 6/10/2018 4:33:00 AM
WOW Artsie I am speechless at your insightful 'list', have read it through 3 times and I LOVE it - adding it to my faves:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 6/10/2018 4:53:00 AM
Thank you, Jan, for your generously supportive feedback and WOWing and fav'ing. My friend, Kathy, was blown away that her simple FB status post could inspire this poem. It made my day that it had made hers. She was always a positive, uplifting soul. I miss her. Have a nice day/evening. :) hugs ~ Artsie xx