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Fate - Poetry Per Brenda Arledge's New Prompt

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Thought on Fate

My good friend, Brenda Arledge, has again given us a new prompt, which is fate. Fate is the things that happen to us that are beyond our control. Some people think it is a supernatural power.

In Roman and Greek mythology, there are three goddesses who presided over the birth and the life of human beings. “Each person's destiny was thought of as a thread spun, measured, and cut by the three Fates, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos,” according to the Oxford language dictionary.

Fate may be referring to circumstances or the determining causes of occurrences in our lives. Is our life like the wheel of fortune? Do we control our own destiny? Is there power in prayer? Will meditation help us make good choices? Does prayer provide direction for you? There are so many questions that many people have about life.,

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Dare to dream about your good life

Though your life may be due to fate

Cross your fingers for the best luck

If you’re not ready for the pearly gate


Throw salt over your left shoulder

You still have to hurry up and wait

If a black cat crosses in front of you

Turn around and you will be late


Keep your lucky horseshoe close

You may be able to use it as bait

Knock on wood for some good luck

Maybe you can choose a mate

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Try to control your future life

Astrology forecast you can rate

Will bad luck happen anyway?

As everything is controlled by fate


Breaking a mirror, seven years of bad luck

So, take lucky pennies on your next date

Walk under the ladder to jinx your luck

The results of that your sure will hate


Roll the dice to check your luck

Roll a seven as that will rate

Tarot cards may give you a clue

If you really want to learn your fate

Fate Acrostic Poem

Find the best pathway for your life

Actions we take make the difference

The choices can be good or bad

Everyone hopes to use good sense

"I AM what I CHOOSE to become" - Carl Jung Wisdom

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 03, 2021:

Hi Rodric,

I don't really believe in fate either. I do believe in prayer. I grew up hearing those superstitions too, so I thought it would be fun to write the poem using them.

I think you should try the challenges. You can write poetry or a story using Brenda's prompt. Thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 03, 2021:

Hi Cheryl.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on June 03, 2021:

I think I wan to try this challenge! Pamela, you cover many of the superstitions I grew up hearing in your poem. I am not a believer in fate, but I enjoyed reading your poetry. Fate is an ugly thing in my mind. It causes those who believe in it to a fault to give up sometimes. Anecdotally, anytime I want to give up, the words flash into my mind that whatever terrible thing I am thinking is "meant" to be, fated. It isn't true. That video at the end is nice. Thanks for putting your talent out here.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on June 03, 2021:

Thank you for sharing this

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

That is an awful superstition! I heard it a long time ago, but not too much. It is interesting how those superstitions affect us. The only one I have hung onto is the knock on wood one. I guess it depends how often we heard it.

Thanks so much for sharing your personal experience. I appreciate your comments.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 02, 2021:

You did a great job weaving those superstitions in this poem. My father's mother (who died young) used to say when a bird ran into the window pane and died it was a warning that there would be a death in the family. To this day, any time that happens we hold our collective breath and wonder who it will be.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Peace,

I am glad you enjoyed the poems.

Thank you so much for your nice comments.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on June 02, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

I love you response to the prompt. I enjoyed reading through the line. Well done!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I agree with your views about making decisions. I have used the "touch wood' several times too.

I appreciate your very nice comments.

Blessings.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 02, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your poems Pamela. You included most of the superstitions. We still sometimes say 'touch wood' when mentioning some good thing. But I do believe that the right decisions at the right time decide the course of our life most of the times, but then some things happen which are beyond our control which must be fate. A very good response to Brenda's word prompt

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

Yes, this one was sun for that reason. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2021:

You had some fun with this one, Pamela, working all of those superstitions into your poem.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

It was fun to think of all the superstitions and include many of them in the poem. I agree that our actions play a big part of our lives.

I'm glad you liked my response to your prompt. I hope someone writes a good story. I. just couldn't think of a plot I liked.

I heard all these superstitions growing up also. One I didn't include that all the kids talked about was it you step on a crack it breaks you mother's back. I can't imagine who made that up.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and your comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 02, 2021:

Pamela

I love the way you use our superstitions in your first poem.

Like knocking on wood to keep the bad spirits away or walking under a ladder brings us badluck.

I still knock on wood, if I can find something made out of real wood.

These days that's hard to do.

It's funny how we do things like going to fortune tellers or having someone read tarot cards if fate is in control in the end.

Your acrostic poem reminds us that we

should chose wisely.

We always hope for the best, but our actions play a big part in the outcome of our life.

Great writing for the word prompt.

I grew up learning all those superstitions.

I will post a link in the article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I absolutely agree that making the right choices is the answer to sa good life. I don't really fall for superstitions, but I thought it would be fun to include them in the poem.

I am glad you enjoyed the poems. I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I had a hard time finding a video for fate, but I thought that one worked. I'm really glad that you feel this is a good response to Brenda's prompt.

Thanks you so much for your nice comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I really don't fall for superstitions either. One foot in front of the other is my philosophy and keep it is simple when possible.

I knew you were a practical man, my friend. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi John,

Including this superstitions seemed to be the best way to address the prompt. I'm glad you liked it.

Thank you for your comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

Nice and insightful response to the word prompt, fate. I can relate to some of the questions, you mentioned above. I do believe, that we can design our destiny, by making the right choices.

Enjoyed both the poems, and you summed it up beautifully in your acrostic poem.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on June 02, 2021:

Lovely poetry- I like them. Nice response to Brenda's word prompt- Fate. I know Carl Jung's quote but the video gave me more insights in more depth and detail. Thank you, Pamela, for the upbeat contribution.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 02, 2021:

A fun read about an interesting topic. People far smarter than me know far more about fate and destiny. I try to direct my life in the right direction and keep it on track. That's all I can do from a practical standpoint, and fate will do what it can do to derail me. lol

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 02, 2021:

Good work on the “fate” prompt, Pamela. I like how you included all those superstition as things that may possibly determine your fate.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Rozlin,

I am glad you considered this a good response to Brenda's prompt. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Umesh,

Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated.

Rozlin from UAE on June 02, 2021:

What a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, Pamela. I love reading both the poems. Thank for sharing.

Blessings.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 02, 2021:

Nice poetry. Excellent composition.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 02, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I thought I would try to highlight that angle of fate in the poem. I'm s glad you liked it.

Thank you so much for your nice comments.

Blessings and love.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 02, 2021:

Beautiful article and poems, Pamela.

I enjoyed the read. Lovely lines

"Cross your fingers for the best luck

If you’re not ready for the pearly gate

Throw salt over your left shoulder

You still have to hurry up and wait"

Wonderful response to Brenda's Prompt. Loved it. Keep writing and inspiring us.

Many Blessings and Love to you

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