'Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.' ~ Author Unknown
I have been through many struggles and hardships, but yet I have survived. I feel my best poems have come into being after some of my most tragic and painful moments.
'Our sweetest songs are those that tell of the saddest thoughts.' ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
As I review my poems, I find that the best ones are those which speak of my deepest pain and tragedy. Those gut-wrenching moments are the ones that even today speak of my truest feelings and ponderings. If anything good came of those heartbreaking moments, it was the beautiful words I have written which tell of my pain.
'Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.'
Things could be different
But that'd be a shame, 'cause
I'm the one who can feel the sun
Right in the pouring rain
~Lou Gramm, 'Midnight Blue'
Even though there have been dark moments of despair, I always kept my hope and prayed for the sunshine of a greater tomorrow. I believe that although you may lose those you love, you are never really separated from them, as long as your love and rememberances of them remain strong in the depths of your heart. Love is eternal, and it stays with you always, even after the music has gone.
'What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.' Helen Keller
I have also come through my life with a strong belief that you have to be who you are. God made you as you are for a reason. Those who love you will continue to love you, regardless. You have to be true to YOU ~ don't live your life for somebody else or how somebody else expects you to live it. Be happy, and do what makes you happy. Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all ~ and sometimes it is not easy to do. Above all, just be you.
'Be who you are and say what you feel, for those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind' ~Dr. Seuss
I love collecting quotes. They brighten my day and give my future a brighter outlook. I am also working on a book. I am on my fourth revision and hope to have it finished soon, so I can get it published. When I am not writing, I am going for walks, spending time with family and friends, or camping. I hope everyone enjoys my poetry. Every word of it contains a tiny piece of my heart.
'Those of us who knew him best talk about him often... sometimes it makes me sad though; Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged - Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.' - The Shawshank Redemption,1994
One of my favorite movies was The Shawshank Redemption which was written by Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. I love this quote from the movie. Morgan Freeman was great in the movie as Andy's true and loyal friend. This quote from the movie really means a lot to me and strikes a chord in me somewhere deep inside. 'I guess I just miss my friend.'
Where's the word for this sadness?
Where's the poetry in the pain?
Where's the color in the stain where the tears have fallen?
It's gone, it's just gone
There's no face in the locket
There's no place for the past
I'll put it back in my pocket
It was never meant to last
It's just gone
I live in the belief that all dreams come true in time and all things broken will be restored. Without hope there would be little left to believe in....
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all
Some of my most favorite poets are William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Sara Teasdale, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Dylan Thomas, not necessarily in that order. Their poetry has been such an inspiration to me. You can find some their poetry on this site.