The Truest Pleasure, a Poem to Lift Your Spirits

Updated on August 14, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Back on Track. the Need to Inspire

After my last piece of poetry which turned out rather dark and confronting and left no real hope for anything better, I needed to take somewhat of a u turn and get back to trying to be positive and inspiring.

I find that even though you I to keep what I write positive there are times when you need to shock or confront to get people to take notice.

This time I chose a book title I really couldn't do anything depressing with, and I hope that my writing keeps heading in this direction for the forseeable future.

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The Truest Pleasure

Wake up to a wonderous day,

Whether skies be blue or grey.

Life's blessings are too great to measure

But what, for you, is the truest pleasure?


Birds may sing within the trees

Or fly on by upon the breeze.

A baby's laughter is a joy

Whether it be a girl or boy.


Happy times spent with your friends,

Days you never want to end.

Birthday, Christmas, party fun,

And buying gifts for your loved ones.


Lazy fishing in a stream,

No fish bite today it seems.

It may help adding bait I know,

But the line is only in for show.


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Attaining goals that you have set,

Or playing games with your new pet.

Finding things you thought you'd lost,

Retail therapy, stuff the cost.


Pastimes that make your spirits lift,

Like ticking off your bucket list.

Cuddling up with someone great,

And making love instead of hate.


Travelling to places never been,

Even if it's in a dream.

Gazing up at the night sky,

A falling star may catch your eye.


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Silly jokes that make you smile,

Or laugh out loud once in a while.

Hiking in the woods alone,

Away from the Internet and phone.


Writing a story from the heart

That critics do not pull apart.

Instead of just a closet dweller

Your book becomes the new best seller.


Meeting with a long lost friend

You haven't seen since schoolday's end.

All of these are things to treasure

But which one is Your Truest Pleasure?


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Author's Note

By now, all my regular readers will realise that my current inspiration is being obtained from the titles of books on my shelves. I think this is the fourth or fifth poem originating in that way.

This time the book is The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan. This author is a native of the North Carolina mountains and is better known as a poet having previously published nine volumes of poetry and three previous books of fiction. He has won a number of awards for his poetry, but this book The Truest Pleasure was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 1995, and it was a finalist for the Southern Book Critic Circle Award for Fiction.

Here is a short excerpt: "Just then Tom's pole whipped into the water. He jerked it and the line run taut through the muddy pool so fast it hissed. He swung the pole and then the line started upstream. I had never heard a fishing line sing that way through the water. It whistled and burned across the pool."

The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan
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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        7 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Audrey. I am glad you agree with my list of true pleasures. Thank you for reading this poem and your generous comment.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        7 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I'm truly inspired after reading your poem about life's truest pleasures. You've managed to list them all. I think that gratitude precedes each one. Thank you, John. I look forward to more!

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        John Hansen 

        12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Li-Jen, glad this poem made you think about your bucket list and what is your truest pleasure. I hope you achieve them all or most too. thank you.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        12 days ago

        Hey Jodah, thank youuu for the poem..you remind me to tick off my bucket list and think actually, what is the truest pleasure?...Good to have some positive vibes. :) hope you manage to attain any of those nice activities in the poem.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Flourish. I totally agree. We have six cats and I love 'em.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Before I even saw the photo of cats that’s what your poem reminded me of. With a cat nearby, all if right with the world.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Dana, I am so glad this helped lift your spirits today. Blessings.

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        Dana Tate 

        4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        I agree this poem seemed to lift me up today. Truly enjoyable.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Mark, glad this uplifted your spirits.

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        Mark Tulin 

        4 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thanks for lifting my spirits, John. Makes me reflect on what I do to give myself pleasure.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        So glad you enjoyed this Jo, and found it a positive message. This is the only book I have read of Robert Morgan, but I would like to read some of his poetry too. Thanks for sharing that, and hope you do read The Truest Pleasure.

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        Jo Miller 

        5 weeks ago from Tennessee

        Thank you for this lovely poem, John. I like to begin my day on a positive note and your article certainly helped this morning. Also so happy to know you are reading Robert Morgan in Australia. He was one of the southern writers who sometimes attended a conference on Southern Literature that was held every year in Chattanooga where I lived for many years. One of my favorites. I haven't read The Truest Pleasure, so now have something to add to my reading list.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading this poem, Lora. I greatly appreciate your wonderful comment. You are right that we have to be grateful for what we have and make the most of the time we have. You offer some great advice of things to do to make us happy.

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        Lora Hollings 

        5 weeks ago

        A truly inspiring poem, Jodah! Love the message. Enjoy the time you have on this earth! Each day be grateful for what you have and don’t waste your time thinking about what you don’t have. Focus on the positive, think about all the things that can uplift your soul rather than those that just make you depressed. Go for a walk, call an old friend and spend an afternoon doing the things that make you happy. Go to antique stores, book stores, a museum, or a stroll in the park and these simple pleasures can often rejuvenate us… and make us realize that life itself is a beautiful gift!

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Genna. You said it so eloquently.

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        Genna East 

        5 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        What a delightful poem. I think it's those moments when we realize with joy and a humble contentment and how truly beautiful it is that we exist. :-)

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        That is an excellent answer, Ann. The truest pleasure. It can't get any better than that. Thanks for reading.

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        Ann Carr 

        5 weeks ago from SW England

        Lovely! I derive pleasure from just being alive; family, nature and the fact that I have good health.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        I am so glad you loved this poem, Diana. Thank you for reading another of my works.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Tim, thank you for reading this and for the wonderful comment. Aren’t grandchildren wonderful?

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        Diana L Pierce 

        5 weeks ago from Potter County, Pa.

        I love the poem. True treasures are gifts from our deepest dreams. How wonderful that we can enjoy them when we least expect them.

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        Tim Truzy 

        5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, John,

        We need the dark to learn to cherish the light. It makes us wiser to look at our day and night. Thank you for sharing both poems.

        I've read portions of the book you mentioned. He is one of our state's celebrated writers.

        Now, for one of HP's wonderful poets:

        "Birds may sing within the trees

        Or fly on by upon the breeze.

        A baby's laughter is a joy

        Whether it be a girl or boy."

        The joys of holding my grandson, John. Nothing makes me happier. You couldn't had said it better.

        You are a skillful and motivating poet, my friend.

        God be with you,

        Sincerely,

        Tim

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Glad to hear that, Linda. Thank you for the kind comment.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Your dark poem was important, John, but it's nice to read this cheerful one next. You've listed lots of activities that I enjoy.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi there, Sean. I agree there is a place for both the light and dark, And you are right this is more the real me. Yes, that passage describes me too. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Shauna, Actually I wrote and added that light hearted verse as an afterthought. I got the idea from the passage of the book I uincluded at the end. I appreciate your comment greatly.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        That’s a great aim, Paula, to try to make each day better than the previous one. I am glad this poem helped as a reminder to appreciate the things around us.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        5 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        You know my brother, I love both Johns, the dark one as the luminous one. I think are both useful at the right time, but I know that the dark one is just a role while the luminous is the real one. I thank you both, but I enjoyed this "wonderous day" most.

        "Travelling to places never been,

        Even if it's in a dream."

        That's me...

        Thank you for the joy!

        Sean

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        5 weeks ago from Central Florida

        John, we needed this after your last journey into darkness. I understand why you had to go there, but I'm glad you came back to the positive, fun side. This line brought a smile to my face: "Lazy fishing in a stream,

        No fish bite today it seems.

        It may help adding bait I know,

        But the line is only in for show."

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        Paula 

        5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah.....I'm all for anything that can lift our spirits! One of my goals each day is to make it a better day than yesterday! Your poem gives many reasons for us to smile and be grateful. Thank you, Jodah. It never hurts to be reminded of all the wonderful things around us. Let's make this day a Great one! Peace, Paula

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        My pleasure, Linda. Thank you for reading.

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        Linda Lum 

        5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        Life is to be lived, pleasures to be felt, love to be given. Thank you for brightening our day.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        It is always a pleasure to receive a comment from you Val, my friend. In fact it is as uplifting to me as you found my poem to be. To tell you the truth, I thought my last one to be one of my best despite the dark theme. Have a great day.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        John---Bravo, my friend! This is a poem to be read every morning upon awakening, and then two more times during the day---before or after meals---to heal the spirits.

        And by the way, your "depressing" one before should have been just as therapeutic, because people need a mirror to see where they are coming from in order to mobilize a will to change it. Like a little water massage under shower, exchanging cold and warm water for the body to wake up. Keep doing what you are doing, you are very good at it.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        That’s great news, Bill. I’m glad to help get your day off to a good start.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha thanks, Eric. The worst part of fishing is continually baiting the hook and often catching nothing anyway, why not forget the bait and just chuck the line in anyway. It’s a good excuse just to get away from things and relax.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Consider my spirit lifted! A job well-done, John, and I thank you for the positive start to my day.

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        Eric Dierker 

        5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I sure like this one. Sorry but it inspires me to take a full day off to go fishing without the bait. The rest can wait.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        It is always great to see you, Rinita. I am glad this poem read like a song. I feel that is what poetry should do, be like a song without music.

        Thank you for the positive feedback on my last poem as well. Much appreciated.

        A virtual tour of my library, now that's a thought. It is certainly diverse. In a way, I guess that is what I am doing at the moment, though I have so many books I couldn't write enough poems in my lifetime.

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        Rinita Sen 

        5 weeks ago

        It reads like a song, a song rising and falling with the rhythm of life, always melodious, always full of pleasure.

        I am glad you are back to inspiring, John, although in my opinion your last poem was as inspiring as the others despite being dark, for the simple reason that it reconfirmed that there are things that are not right, and in some places we can make them right.

        On a separate note, maybe you could give fellow Hubbers a virtual tour of your library one day, it does seem like a diverse collection that you have there.

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