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“Today” Prompt Per Brenda’s Prompt

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Brenda Arledge continues to provide a prompt for us each week, and the new prompt is ‘today’. This is another interesting word that brings many thoughts to mind. Good days, bad days or events that occur on a specific day is another thought. We may write a poem, a song or even a story, and it will be interesting to see what is written by the Hubbers. I have written a poem and some acrostic poems to meet this challenge.

Today we should live in the best possible way as yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here yet. How many times have we heard that sentiment? Some of us have serious problems, and we do have concerns about tomorrow.

Others, like my husband and I are senior citizens, and we must now live with the physical problems of our age. That doesn't mean we cannot smile, or enjoy the chirping of a precious little bird in our yard. Nature is always to be cherished. I read books on the porch, listening to the birds chirping and watching the squirrels run and play. I enjoy the simple things in life, and that is just okay.

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Acrostic Poems

Today we do the very best we can

Our outlook on life determines our fate

Do we groan over yesterday or today

Always whining just makes us late

Yet we ponder as we find our way


Today is all we have right now

Our days of yesterday are gone

Do you moan or smile today

All we hope is we’re not wrong

You can make good choices

For Fun

Today arthritis rules my day

Oh, the pain has come to stay

Doing the things I would like to do

As these things cause me to pray

Yes, I know which things to pursue

Today Poem

Princess Diana had a tragic life

Kenny Rogers sang and became a star

Alex Trebak was loved by all

Hard work will usually take you far


Today will be what you make it

Everyone wants life to be the best

Commitments take so much time

Saving for our rainy day nest


Today we have a life to live

Doing something we really like

I walk through the quiet forest

There is nothing here I dislike


The birds continue to talk to me

I am enjoying nature I find fun

I love the flowers and leaves

I am not walking in the sun


Nature speaks, yet it has no voice

We know it speaks as silence abounds

Light wind blows through the leaves

The little squirrels scramble around

Today - John Denver

Love Poem

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 06, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I find the birds and squirrels soothing as well. I love nature and always find it calming. I certainly agree with all your comments.

I appreciate your very thoughtful comments. Stay safe and healthy!

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 06, 2021:

Beautiful poems Pamela. I enjoyed reading all of them. I find watching the birds and squirrels play very soothing. Appreciating nature helps us to appreciate life.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 06, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I love nature just as you do, and today was a good prompt from Brenda.

Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 06, 2021:

Hi Pamela this is amazing for the challenge. Your poems are with great meaning. Today is enjoyable and so important as we move on in life. A special day to appreciate and nature is wonderful I often hear the birds at night and see birds in the day. It is feels perfect! I enjoyed reading your poems for Today.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I think whether it is good or bad we all want to hear the truth. Thanks, Brenda.

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

Pamela

You are quite welcome.

I enjoy reading your work and I try to give an honest opinion...just as I would want to receive.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Fran,

I love robins and I never see them anymore. If I do they are just flying through here to head north. I do have many other unique birds to watch though.

Thank you so much for your comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on May 05, 2021:

Wonderful! I agree with your poem as I sit and watch the 4 robin eggs that just hatched out my bedroom window. So glad I can watch them up close. Thank you for your poem.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I appreciate the way you look at each piece of what I write for your prompts. I love nature and what you said about aging is so true.

We do need to take the time to enjoy life, despite our problems.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

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

Pamela

I have heard that saying "live in the best possible way as yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here yet" for a long time.

As we get older or suffer from health problems we tend to think about this more often.

I like how you enjoy watching the squirrels play and listen to the birds. A few of my favorite things.

I love your acrostic poems. Especially the one about arthritis.

Dolly's quote about the rainbow speaks some truth.

Your today poem speaks truth in every word.

Life is what we make it. Hopefully if we work hard we can have a nest egg, but whatever we do take the time to enjoy those precious moments.

Today is what we have so do something you enjoy.

Nature really does speak if one takes the time to listen.

I love John Denver too. He's one of my favorites.

Great poems reminding us that

No matter what our situation we must take time to enjoy life. There are so many ways & while nature has no voice....it speaks volumes.

It reminds us of the beauty in each moment.

I will post a link

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I'm glad you liked some of the lines in my poems. I agree with you about growing older. Life can still be enjoyed in multiple ways. Nature is therapeutic.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I hope you are having a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 05, 2021:

Lovely response to the word prompt, Today.

I liked all your poems. Some lines are worth mentioning, ‘Nature speaks, yet it has no voice. Our outlook on life determines our fate.’ Beautifully expressed and so true.

Growing age should not dampen the spirits. The flowers are still fragrant, and the birds still sing sweet. Nature is therapeutic and we should make the most of it.

All together, a wonderful response and I enjoyed reading it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Bill,

Watching the birds and squirrels is something I really like also. Your comments are so true.

Thank you very much for your comments. Have a good day!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 05, 2021:

Wonderful poems, Pam. I also love watching the birds and squirrels doing their thing. I find it very relaxing. Their is always something to enjoy in nature no matter the age.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Lorna,

I really like to be challenged I guess. I have enjoyed responding to the prompts. I appreciate your comments, Lorna.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I am really glad you found a couple of lines that were especially meaningful.

I appreciate your comments, as always.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

The birds and squirrels fare well at out house too. Thank you so much for your comments. Take care.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I do believe our outlook on life does determine our fate. I pray you stay happy and blessed too. I appreciate your comments, as always. Much love to you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2021:

Hi John,

Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I will never be the poet you are, but it is fun to ponder a word and see what you can write. Have a good day!

Lorna Lamon on May 05, 2021:

I think you have done a great job in meeting this challenge Pamela. I love this collection of acrostic poems which are so meaningful. I think these challenges are bringing out the 'poet' in you. I believe that the lessons we learn today will prepare us for a better tomorrow.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your poems. Two lines in particular were very meaningful for me. “Today is all we have right now” and “Nature speaks, yet it has no voice.” Thank you for sharing the poems and especially those lines, Pamela.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 04, 2021:

I also find that nature is soothing. I like to feed the birds and watch the squirrels take their share. Lovely poems about today.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 04, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

This is so beautiful response to the word, Today. It's inspiring and motivational. This line attracted me the most Our outlook on life determines our fate "Our outlook on life determines our fate" -- this is a very strong and deep line. I appreciate your efforts. You did it very well. I like the last poem very much. Stay happy and Blessed!!

Much Love --- Blessings always

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 04, 2021:

Enjoyable poetry, Pamela. I guess the things we enjoy about life change a little as we age, but we still have so much to be thankful for, especially nature. You described your “today” very well.

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