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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Poetry Sunday*National Poetry Month Tribute Continues at Pen & Prosper

"On Finding Your Self"

If you want
to find paradise
just sit still
and observe silence.

You do not need
to go anywhere else
in order to
discover your self.

The great spirit
dwells within you
and around you:
the guiding spirit
is a state of being.

It is a divine light
that breaks through
the clouds and rushes
through the trees
to visit you.

Look in the
mirror and take
time to smile
at your reflection.

Make your peace
with who you are
and laugh at the
absurdity of existence.

What is unknown
is your friend
and time is a waterfall:
falling, falling, falling
into our endless universe.

(Archan Mehta is a writer, consultant, teacher with a Ph.D. in Management and can be reached at archanm@hotmail.com).

DAY 130
You ask me
What do you want for a gift?
I reply
If you placed the moon
Along with the stars
In the palm of my hand
And then surrounded me
With rays from the sun
Without you I would still have nothing
Thank you for the gift of love--You
(C) P.W. McBeth

I've been scarred and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me, sun has baked me.

Looks like between 'em
They done tried to make me
Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'--
But I don't care!
I'm still here!

Langston Hughes 


  1. I certainly enjoyed these poems. I especially like messages delivered "plain spoken", not poetry that I have to decipher line by line. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you enjoyed, Linda. Thanks so much for starting off the "conversation" here today. :-)

      B/T/W/ I would agree; I prefer "plain spoken" messages as well.

  2. Beautiful poems, Jen. Thanks for sharing. In particular, I enjoyed reading these lines from Archan's poem, On Finding Yourself: "Look in the mirror and take time to smile at your reflection". A little self-love is healthy sometimes.

    1. Yasmin,

      I couldn't agree more. Thanks for your thoughts. :-)