Here's the Thing, Girl

Here's the thing, girl

No one said life would be full of ease

Out here in the real world

There are those that you just cannot please

And there are those that will lead you astray

They'll take you down the wrong path

Until you're all used up and gone away

Oh, dear girl, please just do the math

If there are more causing you to doubt who you are

Than those that help you shine

Do not surround yourself with those dying stars

Count only those that allow your light to blind

Let them help you find your own confidence

Let them provide advice that is constructive

Come on, girl, listen to your common sense

They don't care enough to truly know how to love

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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida

Here's the thing, shanmarie. It is difficult to provide a serious message in verse. But you did it admirably, m'dear. I particularly like your line: 'Do not surround yourself with those dying stars.' Ain't that the truth?


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

Here is the thing, my Sweet ..... LOL

Actually, I just want to Love you as you are .. to squeeze you and touch your Spirit, so that you continue to glow in resplendence, like a hanging garden of radiant lamps.

A touching, sincere and heartfelt poem, and one which comes with the Light of Wisdom. I truly love this.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you sincerely, drbj. I had a young girl in mind when I wrote it. Too bad those kinds of lessins can't really be taught.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, manatita. What a lovely comment you left.


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marcoujor 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Empowering and inspiring, dear Shannon.

Sending you peace and hugs, Maria


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

Good advice in this poem Shanmarie...surround yourself with positive people who allow your star to shine..so true.


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Sparklea 15 months ago from Upstate New York

Here's the thing, girl...I LOVE that title! You sum it up well...the bottom line is stay away from toxic people. PERIOD. Avoid them like the plague. YOU be the Light and you will attract the light. And positive people. I have learned you can never bring negative people up. THEY bring you down.

You said it perfectly, and you are right! I hope whomever you had in mind takes your advice. Life is short, and not one minute should be wasted being around people who dim your light. Blessings, Sparklea


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

P.S. drbj, I do know how to spell 'lessons'. Hahaha ;) I even found an autocorrect error in the poem that I just fixed. Sigh. . . 'tis not so easy to work from a phone, especially when my clumsy fingers don't text so well.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Maria. Prayers are always welcome and prayers for peace are especially useful right now. Lots of changes coming my way. Hugs.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Jodah. I have a difficult time around constant negativity. If able, I look for people that make me feel loved and that make me laugh when I need a boost. They look for the best in others and do allow rhem to shine. Thanks for your wonderful comment.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Sparklea! I believe there is a difference between people intentionally being negative, which I would call toxic - those that do not even try to better themselves because they are too busy looking for rhe worst in everyobe else - and someone unintentionally being a weight to someone else. Generally speaking, though, one can tell if someone sincerely cares about another's well being or if the motivations are solely selfish in nature.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean

Great counsel from girl to girl. "Here's the thing" suggests that you know and you care. The tone is perfect.


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Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

Life in reality is never just exactly as we imagined. Great poem.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, thanks MsDora.


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ladyguitarpicker 15 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

You seem to be one smart girl and know who you want to be around. My grandmother use to tell us if we hung with people who limp so will we. You have it right.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Hi ladyguitarpicker. Thanks. You remind me if my mother's saying: if your friend jumpwd off a bridge, would you do it too?


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Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Good message through beautiful verse.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Venkatachari!


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

Good advice girl...Interesting!


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Ruby!


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MartieCoetser 15 months ago from South Africa

Learning how to listen to our common sense, is one of those most difficult things in this life!


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

For sure, Martie! We make excuses instead.


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Ericdierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful -- just sent it off to my two girls/women. A lesson never to late to hear.


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shanmarie 15 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Eric. You do me an honor to think it worthy of sharing.

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