(04 October 1943 / Germany)

Love Yourself

LOVE STARTS WITH YOU AND HAS NO END.
IT BEGINS WHEN YOU LOVE YOUR LIFE’S BEST FRIEND.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND WHO DO YOU SEE?
HOPEFULLY, YOU’LL SMILE AND WINK PROUDLY.
YOU AND YOUR EGO WILL BE SO MUCH NEARER
WHEN YOU LOVE THAT SMILING FACE IN THE MIRROR.

IF YOU CAN’T SAY “I LOVE MYSELF HUMBLY, ”
THEN YOU CAN’T LOVE OTHERS GENUINELY.
SELF LOVE ISN’T SELFISH NOR IS IT VAIN.
SELF LOVE IS THE FOUNDATION WHICH WILL SUSTAIN
OUR SELFLESS FEELINGS FOR OUR FELLOW MAN
TO HELP THROUGH OUR LIFE AS BEST WE CAN.

WHAT DO CLOUDS FEEL IF YOU HAVE’NT FLOWN?
YOU CAN’T REFLECT LOVE IF YOU CAN’T FEEL YOUR OWN.
YOU CAN’T ENJOY THAT BOOK ON THE LIBRARY SHELF,
IF YOU’VE NEVER LEARNED TO READ YOURSELF.
NOR CAN YOU APPRECIATE A FOREIGN TONGUE
WITHOUT LEARNING WORDS FROM ITS VERY FIRST RUNG.

HEARING BUT NOT KNOWING A WORD. SO IT IS WITH LOVE.
AVOID ABANDONING IT WITH AN EMOTIONAL SHOVE.
FIRST LEARN WHAT IT IS; UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE IT…
START WITH YOURSELF AND NO ONE ELSE WILL LOSE IT.

by Gregory Huyette

Comments (9)

Wel, Herbert, I'd have to say that I'm in there somewhere, hope the ego part isn't me, but I could see it. Well, no apologies, and if I am in there I am humbled to have inspired such damn good work. And BTW, I have learned that not everyone is always going to love you, or yours or my, work, it's the old 'some of the people some of the time' thing. Hell, I don't even think all of MY OWN stuff is good. Besides, how could it be? ? Cudo's to Rich on his comment. Excellent poetry.
I agree Rich, and thanks. Although it has been my experience that 'Once a Coward, always....' I figure there are about 5 of them (isn't it nice to make enemies?) , all living in the North of the globe. We Down Under have more class..: -)) The reason they won't stick around to make comments is most likely the fact that they didn't get handed much IQ when God turned out so many, in such a hurry, and with less than his usual care. H
This is beginning to sound more like a poetry slam at a collegiate bar rather than a poetry forum. We'd all be best served if we confined use of the rating system to a poet's command of imagery, content, the concept of the poem, control of meter, flow, appropriateness etc. and voice any disagreements that we have with the author's beliefs to the 'comments' section. There are religious poets who are very competent craftsmen, for instance, and yes, Republicans can sometimes write quality verse as well. I won't rate them poorly because of what they belive and I expect the same consideration. Also, If you too ashamed of your opinions to do other than voice them with hit and run ratings, don't bother. In short, give Herbert the courtesy to let him be Herbert. And let's cease the references to one's ethnic background. Even if it isn't meant in a hurtful way, it often does. There. I'm off my soapbox. Sorry about that.
Christine, thank you for your kind, heartwarming comments. I am glad you wrote when you did as I was having a hard time unravelling Michael Shepherds humour. I thought he was making fun of my stuff and my face had dropped a bit when your comment arrived. Needless to say, thanks. H
Herbert, apologies for using your comment box, but I must ask Mr. Saywell to stop using comment boxes to insult me or my culture... what is this insult of beer and guinness? ? ! surely you could find a better offending gambit than a cliche? ? ! - it's easy to hurl abuse by using assumed global norms... but I will desist from doing because it becomes pointless namecalling. AJS, If you want to discuss something with me - please mail me. S.
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