Don't Forget

Stand up for the diminutives:

the fallen maple leaf, the ladybug,

the raindrop precarious

on the November branch.

Cultivate attention to the small.


Sing praise to all things domestic

and familiar, the smells of coffee,

of sliced white bread browning in a toaster,

the sound of Naomi's talkative birds

against the silent dawn.


Glorify the stooped Franciscan

telling his beads

amid the ruins of Roman pomp.

Offer your peace to the bitter,

those crazed by slogans and shouting.


Be a gentle champion

of the fleeting and precious smile.

Receive each stranger as a sacrament.

Go to places where people share stories

to fortify the wounded in their midst.


Have lunch with a friend,

don't count the calories.

Ride the bus and bask

in weary, wonderful humanity.

Read Wystan Auden's wise and cheerful poems.


Stop giving a rat's whisker

about The Important Issues Of The Day.

Embrace what you will never understand.

Get offline for more than an hour

and let your glad heart dance.


Say to yourself, This just might work.

And when it doesn't, try something else.

Keep your spirit supple and resilient

as the best poetry,

your eyes lively and shining as a cat's.


Move through frantic city streets,

a humble avatar of charity.

Marinate your heated nerves

in the cool climate of forgiveness.

Bless the wayward and the lame.


Spend affection recklessly.

Dismiss your quibbles and qualms.

Light candles of consolation

in the dark deep shrine of suffering.

Speak words that heal hurt souls.


And don't forget to keep up with the laundry.

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Written on 2018-01-30 at 05:49

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Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
I loved this. Being on the day of the State of the Union speech by "you know who," I would love to hear a speech much like this one. Let's celebrate humanity in all its forms and the beauty of nature. This would be my favorite speech!

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
I love this so much. So many great lines (especially the last). You have the ability to combine great life lessons with humour.
As for me, I often take pleasure in being a cranky and solitary figure at war with the world, lol.