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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.


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.

23 thoughts on “Encouragement

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. “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.

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