Free Verse Poem: Random Risk Taking

Updated on February 6, 2018
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Charmaine is a poet and freelance writer who offers a Cartomancy service. Charmaine loves ideas and using a holistic approach to life.

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How The Poem Began...

To spark off my creativity I asked a friend to give me one random adjective and one random noun.

He said “random” and “safety”.

When I thought of random safety all I could think off was random risk taking.

Subsequently, this poem random risk taking was borne.

I hope you enjoy it.

A Poem: Random Risk Taking

Verse 1

Flickering randomness

is happening.

Or, is it the black spot?

The glint of randomness

is a disconnect

from conscious acts

of decision making.

The hue of randomness is

erratic, hotchpotch and undisciplined.

Verse 2

Lustrous randomness

is something unfamiliar,

and something to follow with caution.

Blazing randomness is

chosen by chance

rather than according to a plan.

Randomness is the luck of the draw

as well as the Sword of Damocks.

Verse 3

Randomness is unexpected

and more, by luck,

than evaluation.

Randomness is playing

the game of blind bargaining,

during the willingness

of risk taking.

Verse 4

Something highly prized

can be lost or gained

whether that be one’s

wellbeing or one’s financial security.

Risk taking makes

one’s nerve’s jingle and shingle.

Are there smart or silly risks?

What happens when the upside

differs to the downside?


Verse 5

Thunderous storm clouds of black grey

cluster and trip over one another

when the upside potential

is narrow as a choked windpipe.

The best risk, to take

a gamble on,

is where the potential downside

is limited.

Here the bottom side,

is wide open.

Verse 6

Smart risk taking can be

when you ask someone out.

With worst downside

being, you receive a shaming, no.

However, the best upside result

could be a life-long commitment

with someone who is

your best friend and lover.

Verse 7

Smart risk taking

preserves your ability

to see the far-off horizon.

The rough key

is to accept your

scratches and bruises

when you fall down.

Verse 8

After that,

quickly pick yourself up

and become resolute to be,

and act more, courageously,

systematically and persistently.

Vowing doggedly

not to give up

in those flat or rut like phases.


Verse 9

Let the dips

be the times

where you solidify

your skills

and creativity.

Can you make it okay,

to put in a stronghold effort,

when there is little or nothing

to show for it?

Having a big picture plan

nestled in the back of

your mind will be

your terra firma.

Verse 10

If by whimsical chance

you begin to fall

into short term forecasts

in risk taking,

don’t worry,

you are not alone.

All you need to do

is muddle your way

until you have lit and

warmed your cockles to

the flame of what you

love the most.

Verse 11

Giving safety a wide berth

and taking a calculated risk,

will floodlit excitement

rather than distraughtness.

Life can be a sheltered disarray

of dependence and independence.

The middle ground

Is interdependence.

Verse 12

The more we can say

Yes, to risk taking,

feelings of sway

or defenceless,

will breed confidence,

which in turn

will reveal greater numbers

of surrounding opportunities.

They say, you have to chase success,

as it doesn’t drop into your lap.


Verse 13

Build up the ability

to lie on a bed of roses,

even when you don’t know

if each baby step

will yield the result

you desire.

Trial and error

is the best call

of the chase.

Verse 14

Believe you will adjust

and know how to think

your way through.

Do the research,

examine the potential of

upsides and downsides.

Then, adhere to your plan

with making adjustments

as best you can.

Verse 15

The divergence from safety,

takes you away from

following the status quo

where it is much more

pleasurable and stress free

to keep one’s lips sewn

by a red thread,

rather than keeping

one’s head down and

making you appear busy

as you scan the ant trials over

your bare toes.

Verse 16

You and I

fear loss.

You and I

fear being forlorn.

You and I

fear losing dignity, pride

and our humanity.

Not forgetting that

good will status

graces us with the

credibility and wantonness

from strangers.


Verse 17

The main hurdles

we need to lift our game over,

include the worry

of something going wrong.

Or, to have our inbuilt

firewalls unpierced,

so that little doubts

gain momentum,

to becoming frightening

worst case scenarios.

Verse 18

Don’t ride the back

of a cushiony caterpillar

in order

to believe that


circumstances will magically

right themselves

or just miracuously

get better over time

without any adaptations.

Verse 19

Remember, if things are not

working well now,

these rogue elephants

in the room,

will more than likely

charge and

stampede you pushing

you to cower in the

corner of the room.

Verse 20

Could I ask you,

what would your life

look like, if you

incrementally behaved

a little more courageous

each day?

What does sitting on the

fence yield in well-being

or financial dollars

in the next twelve months.


Verse 21

Can I ask you,

what are you now

doubting yourself about?

Can it be, to take

one small calculated risk

one day at a time?

Can it contribute to

the building of a brighter

future in ten years time?

Verse 22

Fortes fortuna adiuvat

Fortune favours the Bold

Maybe we fail

more often from

hesitating or doubting,

rather than from taking,

a well thought out chance

I feel

See results

© 2018 Threekeys


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    • threekeys profile imageAUTHOR


      3 months ago from Australia

      "Landing or falling"? that your way of seeing risk taking as a positive, Eric?

      Words can and matter...

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool subject and a wonderful poem. I am down with risk taking. When I do it I remind myself that it is not the fall that hurts but the landing. I really like the word random. I am glad that was picked for you. You do it justice here.

    • threekeys profile imageAUTHOR


      5 months ago from Australia

      Elijah, this is a in depth reflective response. I am not sure about things as you are. I wish I was, as that would bring great comfort. Peace to You.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Sister Charmaine,

      To be reborn one has to have a spiritual transformation to cause thinking "outside of the social norm" where they began to use intuition in assisting in reasoning. Most who talk about bering "reborn" are deceiving themselves because it require being able to visualize the meanings behind the words. Take "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" concept, what vision does that give you? Does it give you a vision of a tree with two different fruit on it or a tree without fruit because you have never seen such fruit or tree? If the latter, that should make you seek what that tree means. The first noun after tree is "knowledge" making that the tree. Then question "how does one eat knowledge" to come up with intellectually which tells us it's something we are told but no concrete objects.

      From there we must visualize what Adan did in the garden before Eve; named the birds and animals which required him to observe them in depth. What did he see? Some in groups, some mating, some being born, some eating others and etc. How would that make Adam feel is the next question. How did he find our about the operation to make the statement he immediately made? How is it possible for 2 bodies to become one just by leaving their parents? Oh, oh. What happened is the nest question now brought to mind.

      Following that line of reasoning, after seeing Daniel 4:1-33 as represents civilization's destruction and Nebuchadnezzar symbolic of everyone who survives it. Now remember that animals' erected penis extends beyond their hairy foreskin and usually only erects upon determining the girl is in heat. From that we are able to determine why Adam and Eve became ashamed. Thus, the "new birth" would reverse sex for pleasure with sex for reproduction only, reverse believing in good/evil and the multitude of other "judgmental adjectives" we use and reveal why we comfort ourselves with "stuff".

      Our upbringing [see my hubs "Understanding The Knowledge Of Good and Evil" and "The Learning Process"] closed most of our eyes until we only have "tunnel vision" and only by expanding that conditioned mindset can we accept intuitive guidance. However, only some 10% of world population is destined to enter the metamorphosis the new birth is for surviving civilization's end as Nebuchadnezzar's transformation reveals.


    • threekeys profile imageAUTHOR


      5 months ago from Australia

      From your point of view, Elijah, how would you come from a spiritual point of view?

      Once upon a time, I was a rebirther and was led to believe that just maybe its philosophy had the key to living and understanding a spiritual life. It involved the idea of using projection in understanding relationships/life and hopefefully working alongside and resolving karma. Aftere about 10 years, I said, that is enough, all it seemed to do was to put the onus onto me where I was doing "all the work" and the other person would continue to do no work in raising their understanding either materially or spiritually of resolving matters/conflict. Getting off scott free, in other words.

      Why be spiritiual? Why? I don't think it will improve your life in the afterlife?

      I am interested in finding a more pragmatic way of incorporating spirituality/altruism into my everyday life. And that way may be different to your way Elijah or it may be similar to yours. I am not sure yet.

      Peace to You.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Far more verses than I had expected but a most complete dialog on the subject from earth's plane. When we bring the master of existence, karma, in on the subject were discover there's no random nor risks, only destiny. Human's mindset divides everything into one of the multitude of "judgmental adjectives" rather than calling things by name, also destiny for earth's plane, our view of the whole isn't visible so we call it random risk.

      A very true assessment, now, seek the spiritual association and see what you come up with.


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      5 months ago

      Very gracious of you, Finn. I am glad you enjoyed this poem. I hope it rubs off on me, too, I definetely could do with taking more risks. Peace to you and your loved ones.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 

      5 months ago from Los Angeles

      Well some really nice imagery, good metaphors and definitely inspiration.


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