Poems Are The Friends

Poet: John McLeod

Poems are the Friends we make them
Expressing in words a thought
Of happiness, sadness, caring,
Experience dearly bought.

Poems have their own sweet language
That buds and comes to bloom,
Showing their many colours. . .
Light in a darkened room.

Poems let us say: "I love you. . ."
Poems let us say: "Goodbye. . . "
Poems can be strong, or gentle,
Raising a smile or sigh . . .

For poems are about our living
The road that we, daily, take,
Of Love and of selfless giving . . .
Poems are the Friends we make!

A gentle reminder to us all that life is about living. We can at times find ourselves rushing and forgetting the important things that life has to offer.
It's The Journey That's Important . . .
Poet: John McLeod

Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our 'living memory'
A softly spoken prayer:

"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life's road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human
We oft question and compare . . .

"Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?"

And thus it's always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple men with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages . . .
How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:

"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

John uses the analogy of a painter to compare how we can live our lives. We hope you find words of wisdom in this wonderful motivational poem.

Poet: John McLeod

Awakening, dawn's chorus
Welcoming, the day new, untouched
Waiting to be filled. . .

And will we paint a rainbow
With all its promise
Or dull the canvas
Sadly seen?

Each day brings its own colours
To be chosen, mixed,
Pigments of joy,
Happy moments,
Smiles and laughter. . .

And which will you choose?
For 'Life' is choice,
We are all painters
In our own way,
All needing to create
Something of worth,
Of lasting beauty,
Marking our journey. . .

Footprints in the sand. . .

The sky today is azure,
The sun warm and golden
A filigree of light and shadow-play
Through the gently swaying trees.

I clean my brushes,
Choose my palette
Of vibrant, living colours,
And begin to fill today's blank canvas

End Poem . . .
Poet: John McLeod

And some they tilt at windmills
And some they push the plough
The Poet does both in wind-filled wings
Above the "Wonder-How"!
And some may never see beyond
The bow-wave sparkling bright
To where the questing Soul will find
That broader, wiser sight.

Methings this sometimes Poet and Clown
Love's blessings rich endow,
To brush the stars as, through the glass
Sees much less darkly now!

"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom." Robert Frost

A memory expressed in this poem, Oh, Sand Castle Days, is one that reminds us to hold on to our memories. Be inspired by the inspirational words of wisdom on memories.
Oh, Sand Castle Days
Poet: John McLeod

Sweet memories enhance
The backwards glance
Long into childhood's way,
Hours by the sea
Timeless, carefree
Where the sun brightly shone

Every day,
Looking out o'er the waves
Soft, memory saves
A joy that forever stays
Held deep in that part
Of one's innermost heart..
Of so happy,
dear sand-castle days!

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Every man's memory is his private literature." Aldous Huxley

"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume." Jean de Boufflers

"Life is a rough biography. Memories smooth out the edges." Dante G. Roque

"We do not remember days; we remember moments. " Cesare Pavese

"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary." Kahlil Gibran

"He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life." George Sand

"Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door." Saul Bellow

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