Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.
Each year around my birthday I tend to make a little inventory of my life, and this December is not an exception. Thinking back over the decades, I am inclined to selectively sum up only the blessings that I have received -- which keeps the taste of life so sweet and addictive for more of all those good ingredients.
What regularly comes as impression is my insistence on making each and every chapter of my life story uniquely my own. So, when I say "my" life, it means a succession of results of my conscious choices -- not anyone else's book paraphrased and plagiarized.
The following three pieces of my prose in rhymes are telling more about it.
People have a problem with me being different, but that propels me forward in life.
-- Mary-Louise Parker
Loyal to My Uniqueness
I never had a need for a role model
imitations not being my cup of tea
got in habit of using my own noddle
for better or for worse as it may be.
Maintaining loyalty to my own mind
with reliance and always sensible trust
while making it more and more refined
for whatever I don't use is bound to rust.
Mental laziness is everywhere I may look
only one is thinking -- hundreds just copy
passionately reading an adventure book
but allowing their own lives to go sloppy.
They took from others what to think
and when it's time to laugh or to cry
no wonder they are ready for shrink
letting their unused brains go dry.
With "common sense", that silly umbrella
everyone so reluctant to be who they are
it's getting hard to see some genuine fella
with brains not bought at a garage bazaar.
Fingerprints ignored by all
as reminders of our unique self
not hearing that inner mysterious call
just another open book on crowded dusty shelf.
I'm exploring my enigma, a passion of a kind
breaking inner walls and imposed ceiling
forever staying loyal to my own mind
with that divine, uplifting feeling.
Time you enjoy wasting is not a wasted time.
-- Marthe Troly-Curtin
Quietly Flows River of My Time
Quietly, gently flows the river of my time
smoothly snuggling to its serrated banks
with each heartbeat like a pulsating chime
but with no such day that passes as blanks.
River feeling whole from its spring to sea
vitalized by youth and serene by this age
at once everywhere that it chooses to be
living its every curve and its every stage.
With no scare of the ocean appointment
each fear is dipped in the peaceful flow
nothing back there as disappointment
or coming surprises as best as I know.
Deep is this river, though at places shallow
water being murky, and at some spots clear
rippled with a big joy and otherwise mellow
but all in all steadier than it would appear.
And so, quietly flows this river of my time
apparently passing but still in its every now
lending its rhythm to my every single rhyme
I wish I could say it better, but don't know how.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from our soul.
-- Henry Ward Beecher
Thank You, My Life
I can't wait for those right words and phrases
to be invented or even by heavens inspired
to express my gratitude and give praises
after getting more in life than I desired.
Thank you, my life, for blessings I received
maybe I got more by not expecting much
all the abundance in my heart conceived
just turned to life as if by Mida's touch.
If I knew how to love life more, I would
without any new gifts to cause more joy
for everything I have got is already good
with no life diplomas for this school boy.
Thank you, my life, from depth of my soul
for lessons you taught, even those I failed
thank you for guidance to my every goal
above all, for each cubit of air I inhaled.
And thank you for every big temptation and test
that gave me an opportunity to learn and grow
with no greed and arrogance to claim the best
just grateful for everything I have and I know.
Video below tells about our being uniquely different
© 2020 Val Karas
Val Karas (author) from Canada on December 08, 2020:
Vellur -- Thank you, I am glad you liked it.
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