Here And Now

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Appreciation (posted by Sumana Roy)

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”—Voltaire

There is a lesson we all need
to learn–treasure family and friends
while they are here. Tears shed
after a loved one is gone, are often
on your own behalf–that failure
to patch up a quarrel, to visit
more often than once in a while,
and to utter those words that leave
no doubt about how you hold
them in esteem. Do it, while
they are here. It is a lesson
we all need to learn.

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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14 Responses to Here And Now

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    “Do it, while / they are here. ” a message so important…

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  2. oldegg says:

    If you love someone never fail to show it and let them know you will never regret it.

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  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is so touching.. ❤

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  4. says:

    but it is a lesson not learned early enough

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  5. How very true Sara! One envies those who still have their parents. Now is the time to visit them when they are still around.


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  6. Sherry Marr says:

    This is so true. I think of this often. Wonderfully expressed, Sara!

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  7. Jae Rose says:

    Amen to that – although I agree it can be hard

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  8. Mary says:

    Yes, true. So often after a person passes away, one thinks….if only….. Better to live in such a way that there are no such regrets. Appreciate, and let the person know, today!

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  9. Susan says:

    Amen. Those tears are for ourselves, for sure.

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  10. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Cannot be too often repeated!

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  11. Mary says:

    Sigh – you ‘liked’ my comment on your blog, but I hope that you will also visit and comment on those poems of myself and others who took the time to read and comment on yours. Thank you.


  12. True that. We need to learn the lesson. The lesson is a simple one but can make our lives much better in every respect. Nicely penned… 🙂


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