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Life Lessons - Brenda Arledge’s 26th Prompt

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"Lesson" Per Brenda Arledge's Prompt

This poetic article is in response to Brenda Arlege’s 26th prompt, “lesson”. Brenda, a friend to all of us, has inspired us to try new things. This has given several people the inspiration to try new types of poetry.

Lessons have many different meanings, but the most obvious are the painful lessons we learn when we make bad choices. Taking lessons to play the piano or to learn a new language is another take on this prompt. I have focused more on those lessons we learn in life after bad decisions or making mistakes.

Sonnet

This is a simple sonnet about lessons learned in life if you choose to behave poorly or even if you make crazy mistakes. Gossip, cheating or lying seldom pays off. The results of good decisions will allow you to live a more peaceful life. Manatita encouraged me to try writing a sonnet, and he gave me instructions. This is my first attempt at writing a sonnet. I appreciate his encouragement, and I love his wonderful articles that make me feel like I am on a spiritual walk.


I ran so fast and I forgot my shoes

My dog fled fast out of the opened door

Falling on my face I sure had the blues

I learned my lesson, I sure don’t want more


Writing my notes in the palm of my hand

The test was hard but my plan was working

The teacher watched me gave me a command

Lesson learned, know the teacher was lurking


Growing up we have some lessons to learn

Telling lies, gossiping, cheating doesn’t pay

Trouble happens when, it’s a big concern

You’ll have no good friends if you betray


Maturity takes so many years of time

Grow up now while you are still in your prime

Acrostic Poem

Lessons we learn as we grow

Every action has a opposite reaction

Smile politely then you’ll surely know

Simple courtesies with an interaction

Others will notice as it will show

No going back, you’ll know satisfaction

Brantley Gilbert - Hard Days

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Confused Boy

This poem is about a lonely lost and confused young boy. His parents are focused elsewhere. He copies what his friends do, but finally a coach pays attention to him. His life is miraculously changed as he learns life lessons.


Confused and sad the young boy

Wanting to be grounded

Floundering on the edges of life

Making mistakes


No guidance from his parents

Mimicking the the acts of friends

Crying when he is alone

Making mistakes


Working hard in school

Success is not guaranteed

Trying to learn life's lessons

Making mistakes


Attention from his coach

Feeling more successful

Finally lessons are learned

From ashes rising like the phoenix

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James Taylor - Fire And Rain

Poetry

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2021:

Hi Fran,

I am glad you liked the poems.

I always appreciate your comments. Take care!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on August 25, 2021:

Pamela, wonderful submission. I loved them all. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 23, 2021:

Hi Rinita,

I really enjoyed writing the sonnet. They do take some work, but when you are done it feels just right.

I am glad you liked the poems and enjoyed reading them. Thank you so much for your comments.

Rinita Sen on August 23, 2021:

Warm reads and so true. Glad you tried the sonnet. That one's my favorite kind of poetry. I love doing them myself but they do take a lot of effort. Anyway just felt good reading your lines, all of them.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2021:

hi Mar,

I am glad you enjoyed reading these poems. I appreciate your comments.

I hope you have a great week!

Mar from United Arab Emirates on August 22, 2021:

An amazing and an inspirational collection of poems.

I enjoyed reading them.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2021:

hi Peggy,

I couldn't think of anything on Brenda's last prompt, but lessons gave me several ideas. We do learn so much in life, particularly when we make mistakes.

I agree that lessons are both good and bad. I appreciate your comments. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2021:

You expressed the vagaries of lessons learned as we make our way through our lives. They range from good to bad, but all teach us something. Your muse certainly did kick in!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2021:

Hi Lora,

I don't know what happened as I remember you commenting, and I replied.

Anyway, I am glad you loved the poems, especially the theme. I think the most difficult but important lessons I learned in life were from mistakes or bad choices. I wanted to reflect that in my poems.

Thank you so much for your comments (both of them). Sorry you had to come back again. Have a lovely Sunday!

Lora Hollings on August 21, 2021:

Pamela, I guess that you didn’t receive my comment as I don’t see it posted so I will post it again. I loved your poems and especially your sonnet. I like the theme of your poems about making bad decisions but then trying to learn from these mistakes and then making a conscious decision to correct the error of our ways. You did a wonderful job with this prompt. I really enjoyed your poems.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2021:

Hi Chrish,

I am glad you loved the poems. I appreciate your sweet comments. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Love and kisses for you too!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on August 21, 2021:

I so loved the painted lessons addressed in different forms of poetry Ms Pamela!! I'll take them noted.

Sending I love yous and kisses....

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I am glad you liked he poems as a response to Brenda's prompt.

I like happy endings, so I wanted the little boy to get some guidance from a good person.

I appreciate your very nice comments.

Blessings

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 21, 2021:

An excellent response to Brenda's word prompt Pamela. I loved the sonnet and the acrostic poem. The poem about the boy is so touching but the way you have ended it on a positive note is so good. I agree, a smile changes everything. It induces a good feeling to the receiver as well as the giver. The videos and quotes are also great. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2021:

Hi Lora,

I agree with your conclusion, as some of my best lessons in life were from failure or making a bad choice.

I am glad you enjoyed all of the poems. Thank you so much fo your thoughtful comments.

Lora Hollings on August 21, 2021:

Pamela, I thought that you did a wonderful job with your poems and sonnet on Life Lessons. I liked the fact that your poems dealt with individuals who had made bad decisions but then learned valuable life lessons and were able to turn their lives around. I love the quote by Bill Gates too. It’s amazing how much we can learn from failure if we take it the right way.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 20, 2021:

Hi Olusegun,

Thank you for sharing some of your experience. I am glad you liked the poems.

Thank you for your comments, as they are much appreciated.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on August 20, 2021:

Good work here Pamela, I remember when I was young I used to write on my palms, sadly I usually forget those things written on my palms and when i want to scoop water they will all be washed off and i shall be crying for losing important points written on my palms.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

You have written a thorough assessment of each of these poems.

I enjoyed working on the sonnet, as it has to be so perfect. Manatita was very happy with it, but he is the one who told me how. I wrote some in high school, but that was a long time ago.

I have known people who did not have parents that di much of a job raising them, and another person impacted their lives in a positive way. That is what I wanted the last poem to say. We all can make a difference.

I am glad you like these poems as a response to your prompt. I enjoyed writing them.

I appreciate all of your comments, Brenda. Thank you for taking the time to write so much.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 19, 2021:

Pamela

You tell us "Lessons have many different meanings, but the most obvious are the painful lessons we learn when we make bad choices."

This is so true.

You have written us a Sonnet inspired by Manatita44.

It is about lessons one learns in life.

In the beginning you paint us a picture of a doggie slipping out an open door as someone chases after him but forgets his shoes.

Next it is a student cheating by writing the answers on her hand.

You tell us we lose friends by betraying them with gossip, lies & cheating.

Stating that maturity takes time & we need to grow up while we still can.

Great little sonnet. I'm sure Manatita will love it.

In your acrostic poem you tell us how a simple gesture like a smile can go a long way.

Once you learn it, there is no going back.

You like the feeling of satisfaction.

In your poem, "Confused Boy" tells us a story about a little boy who copies the actions of others as he tries to fit in.

With no guidance from his parents, his school work seems hard until a coach shows him some attention.

The little boy suddenly feels successful and his grades improve.

The videos & quotes you include are all fantastic.

I love the one by James Taylor.

You have written an excellent response for the word lesson & I'm impressed that you keep branching out. Now...a Sonnet.

I really love the one about the Confused Boy for two reasons.

It is heartfelt & the descriptive words flow with a natural ease.

Great job!

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Rozlin,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading the poems and the you liked the sonnet. I enjoyed writing it.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Blessing and much love for you!

Rozlin from UAE on August 19, 2021:

Great response to Brenda's prompt, Pamela. I enjoyed reading all your poems. You have nicely composed sonnet.

Blessings and Much Love

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Liz,

I appreciate your comments. I hope you are having a good day.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 19, 2021:

This a very thoughtfully written set of poems.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Hiks,

I am glad you enjoyed and liked all three poems. I also know how young people can be confused, and many of us did not receive good directions from their parents. Sometimes another person will have a big influence ion a child that is positive.

I appreciate your comments. I pray you stay blessed as well.

Niks from India on August 19, 2021:

Pamela, There's a lot of life in your poems. The life that is full of lessons. I loved all three poems. 'The confused boy' was somewhat relatable, so I liked it more. Keep rhyming & Stay blessed.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I did follow Mantita's instructions, and I enjoyed writing the sonnet. The third poem I thought was important as there are so many children simply lost. However, sometimes another person comes along and saves a life.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I always appreciate what you have to say. I hope you are having a good day.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I'm gad you liked the poems, and I'm glad you see the lessons that I intended to be revealed.

I appreciate your comments, as always. Thank you.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 19, 2021:

Pamela, you did a wonderful job of the sonnet. It flows nicely and rhymes just at Manatita instructed.

I think my favorite of the three is the one about the little boy. I found it interesting that each stanza ended with "making mistakes" until we reach the end when the boy's spirits and self-worth are lifted "from ashes rising like the phoenix".

Great job of this week's prompt, Pamela. You're on fire!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 19, 2021:

Pamela99, I like all the three poems. These reveal and teach real lessons. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

It is amazing that one person can sometimes make a big impact on another, especially when they are young and searching for some meaning to their life.

I am glad you liked the messages. I appreciate you comments. Stay healthy and safe!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I use to write poetry when I was in high school, but I stopped. I wish I had not stopped as I really enjoy it.

I am glad you liked the poems. I appreciate your nice comments. I pray you stay safe, healthy and happy.

Love and blessings.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you enjoyed reading the poems, and that you consider this a good response to Brenda's prompt.

Thank you for your nice comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I followed your directions, which were clear. I am so happy that you are proud of me! I am glad you liked all the poems.

I am also happy that you think I met Brenda's prompt. I wouldn't have written the sonnet without mentioning you since you were my inspiration.

Thank you for your wonderful, sweet comments.

Love and blessings!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I absolutely agree that the influence of parents is very important.

I know you had some hard lessons. I did too, but they a bit different than yours.

I appreciate your comments, my friend. Have a good day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 19, 2021:

I liked the messages you portrayed, especially the last one.

Sometimes one person can radically change the direction of a person's life.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 19, 2021:

Pamela, This is a very wonderful and great response to Brenda's Prompt. I like your sonnet as well. You are learning poetry far too quickly. That is something I admire about you. Much Love! Stay safe, smiling and healthy

Blessings and Peace

Rosina S Khan on August 19, 2021:

I loved all your poetry, especially the last free verse. Well done, Pamela! This is a wonderful response to the word prompt, "Lesson". Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 from london on August 19, 2021:

Beautiful Pamela!

You say it's your first Sonnet? Wow! Excellent! You even added things I didn't tell you. Like staying with the theme and the summary couplet. Charming! Very, very proud of you! You free-style poem and acrostic was awesome too.

A great write on Brenda's prompt. Thank you for the mention. I had faith in you. Awesome!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 19, 2021:

I feel like I went to the Graduate School of Hard Lessons. Passed with flying colors. :) I really liked the message in Confused Boy....so important for parents to realize, how much influence they have on their children. All in all a very enjoyable read, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you consider this a good response to the prompt. I am also happy that you liked the poems, and the messages.

Thank you so much for your nice comments. I always appreciate your input. I hope you are having a good day.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

Hi John,

The sonnet was new for me, and I kept it fairly simple while I just tried to follow the guidelines. I am glad you liked my third poem.

I appreciate your thoughtful words, as always.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

This is an excellent response to the word prompt, lessons. I loved all your poems, with special reference to the sonnets. You have expressed a lot, in few words, with good rhymes.

Thank you for sharing. Good day to you!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 19, 2021:

Pamela, it is great that you are experimenting with different forms of poetry. This is a wonderful "learning" experience for you. I am glad manatita encouraged you to write a sonnet and instructed you. That isn't easy, so well done. I really loved the final poem and story and message it contained.

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