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Poem: Stop and Smell The Roses

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Summary of Poem

Stop and smell the roses is about how life can be magical if we dare to dream but we need to take time out. To leave one's worries behind and breathe in life's beauty for a few minutes each day. Embrace those little comforts that make you smile before they slip away.

"Stop and Smell the roses" by Mac Davis

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"Stop and Smell The Roses"

The imagination of past generations
gives us Cinderella and Prince Charming,
showing us how magical life can be
if we dare to dream,
but it leaves out
life’s most important aspect,
to stop and smell the roses.

Leaving one’s chaotic life behind him
for a few moments each day,
slowing down, to deeply breathe in life’s beauty,
like the tiny details
of how someone's laughter
can lighten up his day,
or how a simple hug
can leave him with an intense, magic feeling,
putting a smile on his face.

One discovers life’s greatest rewards
when he takes time to relax
embracing each precious moment,
appreciating the sails of time,
before they drift away
in the restless winds of tomorrow.

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As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

— Ben Hogan

"A Poor Man's Hold" by Mac Davis "Stop and Smell the roses 7"

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 07, 2021:

Smell the roses in life

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 05, 2021:

Take time to enjoy life

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 07, 2021:

Misbah

Thank you.

Have a great day.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 07, 2021:

A beautiful poem, Brenda. I enjoyed this one. A piece of wonderful advice, Indeed!!

Blessings

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 07, 2021:

Take a moment

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 06, 2021:

EK,

I don't see it on the other one, but that's okay.

I got it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 06, 2021:

EK,

Thank you.

No worries about the prompt. We all have busy schedules.

I'm glad you enoyed my poem on Today.

That's a beautiful Emily Dickinson poem.

Have a wonderful day.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 06, 2021:

Brenda, I posted this comment on your other poem: "when today begins", and I don't know how it has happened that my comment is appearing on this poem.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 06, 2021:

Hi Brenda

Sorry, I couldn't take part in word prompt challenge this time. You have described the beginning of the day very well. You reminded me the poetry of Emily Dickinson " Hope is the thing with feathers".

"I have heard it in the chillest land..

And on the strangest sea...

Yet never in extremity...

It asked a crumb of me."

Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

Stay blessed...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 05, 2021:

Take a moment

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 05, 2021:

Vidya,

Thank you.

Moments can be gone in a blink of an eye.

Take care & enjoy each one.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 05, 2021:

A beautiful poem expressing a deep truth of experiencing life's previous moments before they pass us by. I liked the Buddha quote. So much meaning in it. Great work Brenda. I enjoyed reading it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 04, 2021:

Take your time

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 10, 2020:

Manatita44,

Thank you.

I don't know who I remind you of, but I am glad you like my work.

Have a great day!

manatita44 from london on June 10, 2020:

A soft and soothing romantic feel. You remind me of another Hubber here. Much Love.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 05, 2020:

Charlie,

Thank you.

Yes, having that time to reflect makes all the difference in one's day.

Nice to see you. I hope all is well.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 05, 2020:

Rosina,

Thank you.

If only we could learn to do this...our lives would be so more enriched.

Have a pleasant day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 05, 2020:

Nithya,

Yes, we all need to just relax and enjoy life.

Thank you for reading.

Have a pleasant day!

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on June 05, 2020:

yep you got this one on the money Brenda. It is always good to take that bit of me time and reflect, or as you put it perfectly Stop and smell the roses.

Rosina S Khan on June 04, 2020:

Yes, Brenda, we should take out some time from each day to relax and comfort ourselves and savor each moment before we realize it's all gone with the wind. Lovely poem.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 04, 2020:

Your poem reminds us to enjoy living life every moment. We have to put our worries aside and stop to smell the roses. Great poem and beautifully expressed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 04, 2020:

Nella,

Thank you so much!

Have a great day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 04, 2020:

Mark,

Yes, if only.

Thanks for reading.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on June 04, 2020:

If we could simply slow down, reflect, contemplate, and appreciate.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on June 04, 2020:

I really enjoyed this lovely poem Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 04, 2020:

Ms Dora,

Thank you.

Your comments are always so thoughtful.

Have a pleasant day!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 04, 2020:

Your poem promotes a beautiful truth we should heed more intentionally. Thanks for decorating it within these beautiful lines.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 04, 2020:

Liz,

Thank you.

You are right. This time right now has given us the chance to reconnect with moments we might have missed.

Have a great day!

Liz Westwood from UK on June 04, 2020:

Lockdown has given us all time to slow down. Your poem fits this time well and makes a valid point.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 03, 2020:

John,

So delighted to hear you agree.

I get so tired of watching people rush their lives.

I, myself, do not even own a watch. I gave that up years ago.

My time is important to me.

I wish others would take time to slow down. One misses so much rushing his life for all the wrong reasons.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 03, 2020:

Yes, Brenda, wonderful sentiments and advice in this poem. Not enough people take the time to stop and small the roses in this world today. It is all rush, rush, rush, and they miss the beauty and wonder all around...even the little things that make a day great.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 03, 2020:

Chatra,

Thank you so much!

Delighted to have you reading my work.

Have a great day!

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on June 03, 2020:

Nice video and great poetry writing

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