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The Substance of Life

Life is in essence the sunrise at dawn A touch of fresh colour when a picture is drawn That first morning breathe of mountain crisp air Feelings created by an old teddy bear. Life echoes bright colours that appear in the spring Or the freedom created when using a swing That contentment you feel when hugging your love Wonder inspired watching the flight of a dove. Life means compassion and extending your hand Enjoyment accomplished when working the land That melodious sound as soft waves touch the shore Time in the mountains and their majestic contour. Life is a right choice and stopping what’s wrong Enjoying one’s thoughts away from the throng That joy that is felt from a giggling wee child Or the fragrance of flowers grown in the wild Life’s about peace, satisfaction and smiles Walking a coastline that stretches for miles That pleasure to stop and hear birds as they sing Sitting down with another, caring and listening Life is for reading a poem that’s been penned Strolling in forests while leaves slowly descend Life is for living not squandered on sorrow Make the most of the now and, Look forward to tomorrow.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 10/24/2015 5:58:00 PM
Tremendous substance in this fine poem my friend. You pushed the right buttons for this gem to sing to me! A7
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Date: 10/2/2015 7:04:00 AM
Mark this is a gem, love the flow and all the thoughtful reminders of what is really important in life. Wish you the best in the contest with this beauty :)
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Date: 10/2/2015 4:04:00 PM
Thanks Wilma, it's all stuff I do with the family, but we are lucky we live somewhere where it is easy to the nature stuff.
Date: 9/29/2015 11:17:00 PM
G'day Mark... your poem has a wonderful rhythm throughout and is uplifting. A real pleasure to read - Lindsay
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Date: 9/30/2015 2:49:00 AM
Cheers Lindsay, My head bounces round a few different things at times. But I don't mind. it's fun to have happen as well.
Date: 9/29/2015 1:40:00 AM
Mark beautiful words capturing our experiences through life. You have brought out lots of wonderful thoughts and emotions with this gifted write. Congrats on this heartwarming poem.
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Date: 9/29/2015 1:45:00 AM
I asked my daughter what is precious about life to her, a lot of these things came to her mind. Thank you for stopping in
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Date: 9/29/2015 1:43:00 AM
Whoops sorry Michael Laura's reply has jumped to you.
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Date: 9/29/2015 1:42:00 AM
Thank you Laura, from what I've read in your poems, I know you have experienced many of these pleasures. Sometimes we have to sit back and enjoy them and recognise them. Best Wishes : )
Date: 9/29/2015 1:02:00 AM
It was a real pleasure reading your poem, Mark! The sentiments and snapshots of a life well lived really resonated with me. Thank you for sharing! A 7.
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Date: 9/29/2015 1:46:00 AM
Whoops my reply has jumped.
Date: 9/28/2015 11:45:00 AM
Speechless - this poem is why we write, to perfectly express a feeling in beautiful rhyme, a feeling that is personal and sincere and universal. I truly do not have adequate words to express how good this is. Everyone who hasn't read it, is missing out on quality and beauty in word form. You grabbed me ...CayCay
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Date: 9/28/2015 12:25:00 PM
It will probably fade off into obscurity, as I said to Silent Ones sometimes we push the right buttons and other times we don't. How I see the world may be different to others. You've made my day with your kind words. Hugs xx
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 9/28/2015 11:47:00 AM
I can't shut up. With your words you gave the world a gift. I had to add that ... CayCay