Encouragement

18 Apr

Today the challenge at Real Toads is to write a verse that uplifts the soul.  That can be quite the challenge with all the sad news lately, but luckily humans are resilient by nature.  I’ve also accepted the challenge at the NaPoWriMo site today to write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.  Finally, I’ve done this in exactly 55 words for G-Man’s Friday Flash 55.

Candles

within our deepest challenges,

darkest moments of fear,

pain and suffering galore,

we find little moments inspiring

gratitude for what remains.

We find reserves of strength

and inspiration to grow and change.

We find hope nestled among grief

and peace resides next to sorrow.

We find with surprise and delight

this resilience comes from within.

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23 Responses to “Encouragement”

  1. Margaret 18 April 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Peace resides next to sorrow. I do find that is a hard lesson to learn, but brings great comfort one day.

  2. lolamouse 18 April 2013 at 10:37 am #

    “Hope nestled among grief” says it all. Beautiful and inspirational words.

  3. Helen Dehner 18 April 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Your message is beautiful …….

  4. Sherry Marr 18 April 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Your message is encouragement itself! Beautifully done.

  5. jinksy 18 April 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Answers always lie within…

  6. Kay Davies 18 April 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    “this resilience comes from within” — how many times have we heard (and ignored) this kind of encouragement?
    An old song says: “you’ve got to walk it by yourself, ain’t nobody else gonna walk it for you” but people still look outside themselves for answers.
    A wonderful response to the prompt, Teresa.
    K

  7. Emma 18 April 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    oh to have that resilience. great poem

  8. Grandmother (Mary) 18 April 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Three prompts in one- well done. And in an encouraging poem.

  9. hedgewitch 18 April 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Simply said, and very true, Teresa. You have to light the candle if you don’t want to sit in the dark.

  10. Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly) 18 April 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Peace resides next to sorrow…I am packing anger’s bags to move out. What a beautiful piece. Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge.

  11. elleceef 18 April 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I enjoyed your poem so much. It helps to be reminded that we do have ” reserves of strength” and that “peace resides next to sorrow”. Your words are uplifting and appreciated.

  12. Talon 18 April 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    So, true, Teresa. In the dark there is light and vice versa…just sometimes it’s a little harder to see the light.

  13. heidi 18 April 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    This is beautiful and hopeful. (I think it also fits today’s dVerse prompt.)

  14. Mama Zen 18 April 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    “We find hope nestled among grief
    and peace resides next to sorrow.”

    That’s so beautiful and so true.

  15. G-Man 18 April 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Teresa
    Fantastic job on all the prompts!
    I certainly feel uplifted ( but maybe it’s just my push-up bra )
    Loved your multi-function 55
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week End

  16. Sharp Little Pencil 18 April 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    OK, now, Ms. Overachiever, THREE prompts? Really?! Ha ha.

    This poem touched me where I live. You have wisely encouraged the reader to look within him/herself during troubled times and find the answer there. It’s difficult to do when you feel caught in a vise, but it’s very good ADvice.

    I liked the form with opening a closing word, encasing the poem like bookends. Amy

  17. yvonne osborne 19 April 2013 at 6:54 am #

    You rose gallantly to the challenge! I like the word you chose. And the candles you lit.

  18. izzy 19 April 2013 at 9:01 am #

    You have lovely lines !of hope next to grief and peace residing next to sorrow-
    Grief feels more mottled than sorrow-(uneven ?) I like your 55!

  19. Linc 19 April 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Such a nice reminder to be patient through the bad times. Thanks; it was much needed.

  20. Vanessa V. Kilmer 19 April 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    You have certainly met all of your challenges. Well done.

    Flash 55 – Visual Vexations

  21. Alice Audrey 19 April 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Happiness and sorrow come hand in hand, and it all gets so mixed up it’s hard to tell what’s what.

  22. Grace 20 April 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I specially like these lines:

    We find hope nestled among grief
    and peace resides next to sorrow.

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