Simply Living

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Courage

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”—Mark Twain

Life takes colossal bravery,
some episodes are elating,
others, unsavory.

An unbroken stretch of cheer
can render you vulnerable
when drear periods appear.

Not giving up is courageous.
Hearts will continue to break,
serving to age us.

Time places hurts in a haze,
a fact you will not discover
if you give up your days.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to Simply Living

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    An especially powerful message in that closing stanza, kiddo. Well said.

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  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Oh! I love the quote around which your poem is based 🙂 such a lovely write.

    Lots of love,

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  3. Jae Rose says:

    It is braver to live than give up – true enough although such a challenge at times as you beautifully illustrate..the opening line is colossal in itself and i could read that over and over in itself


  4. Your poem makes me think of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be…”
    I have to disagree with Mark Twain, though. Over the years I’ve met a lot of people with moral courage. I applaud all the folks who choose to do what’s right and not just follow the herd.

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  5. Sara I love the message in this! I love the Mark Twain quote as well.

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  6. Sumana Roy says:

    “Not giving up is courageous” i truly believe in this…love the rhythm here…

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  7. Brother Ollie says:

    you gotta live – seems so simple, but courage is required to traverse this world.

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  8. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Wisdom in rhyme!

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