Beyond the Eye


Life can seem so tedious
And wrought with discontent...
Focus may, thus drift askew
to yield a view that's bent.

I aspire to quest for joy
that nests beyond the eye,
Love and beauty there is found
where tedium can't vie.

I pray to want that which I have
not yearn for what I want,
and graciously give humble thanks
lest my attitude grow gaunt.

For many in this world lack much
and great their daily pain,
I have no right to discontent
to sing a sad refrain...

It is true, that I've been blessed
with more than most, it seems...
my heart cup runneth over with
more love than fills most dreams.

Though life can be quite tedious,
It's gratitude I choose.
For if I become, thus, discontent,
life's treasures I will loose.

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FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

"I pray to want that which I have

not yearn for what I want."

How aptly put! If we could all learn this we would be so much happier. A good thing to remember going into this Christmas season where so many just want more and more! We have so much to be thankful for.

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Beautiful , and to the point! We all need to do this.

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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I like this very the dinner table my mom used to tell us..."take what you want, but eat what you take" and I believe this can be applied to Life and how we honor one another...Happy ThanksGiving Day filled with Love and Gratitude...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

FloBe, ahorseback, G-Ma, Thank you for your kind words. It is to this concept that I aspire. I dont always make it but it is my daily goal. I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving! I thank God for you and for Hubpages!

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Nicky Bantham 5 years ago

Excellent prose!You are extremely talented!!!

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PAPA-BEAR 5 years ago from London England UK

What a thoughtful poem, the closed eyes take a lot for granted, like the young girl I saw begging on a foot bridge, why?

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Nicky, Coming from an English teacher, I take that as the highest compliment! I am humbled, and thrilled! Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving! I thank God today for you!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Papa-Bear, I think it is easier to ignore or deny what we don't see, perhaps...Thank you stopping by to read my poem and for your feedback. Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Oh tnderhrt gf, this poem is so beautiful! Great reminder for most of us to be happy and content with what we have. Your poems are awesome! You're awesome!

Have a nice day!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Rosie, I thank God for you today! I think you are pretty awesome, yourself, Girl! Thank you for your loving words and support. You can't know how much they mean to me! Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Such beautiful verses. I am amazed at all the talent there is here on HP and this poem up there with the best.

You are very talented.

Take care and God Bless.

Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Well that's cool. I saw your comment on my gnome poem and wanted to drop in -- turns out this poem of yours is very similiar to the gnome poem; a four-line stanza rhyme. How odd. Anyway, this was a nice read. I actually thought I was following you prior to this but now I am for sure. Cheers.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...I am so thankful to know of someone as wonderful as you here at the HUB and you're truly a Christmas present to me all year round as I respect you as a terrific writer and a loyal supporter of my writing - please be happy and safe this holiday with your family and loved ones!!!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

I am thankful for you as well, Epigramman! And I wish you the most joyful and blessed of holidays, as well!

Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Hmm, my poetry radar senses that you put much thought and feeling into your words. Nothing is wasted or superflous. That is the mark of a true poet. Well done.

Really appreciate the nice comment on my villanelle (don't worry, most people have never heard of them).

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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