I Shall Do the Same

Don't, And I Shall Do The Same

Don't worry about me, pray for me instead

And I shall do the same for you

Don't cry for me if you cannot do so then let go

And I shall do the same for you

Do not pity me, but you may have empathy

And I shall do the same for you

Don't try to change me, accept me as I am

And I shall do the same for you

Don't try to understand me if you cannot, love me anyway

And I shall do the same for you

Don't judge me in bits and pieces, remember that I am only human

And I shall do the same for you

Don't get angry if I should step out of line, rather just forgive me

And I shall do the same for you

Don't criticize me if I slightly change, watch me grow instead

And I shall do the same for you

Don't dwell on the negative, always focus on the positive

And I shall do the same for you

Do love me unconditionally, no strings attached

And I shall do the same for you

© 2013 Shannon

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phoenix2327 3 years ago from United Kingdom

This is all any of us can ask for. Beautiful piece of poetry.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Aw, thanks, phoenix2327. My favorite explanation of what unconditional love really is is 1 Corinthians 13.


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epigramman 3 years ago

This could be read as a poetic marriage vow. Love the repetitive lines which really drives the entire poem forward.

You are a deep, soulful, sensitive and philosophical writer who always explores what so many of us are really thinking but perhaps do not have the artistic skill to say/write them as you have done so effectively here.

Sending you warm wishes and good thoughts from Mister C and his cats at lake erie time canada 9:12am


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

You're very generous with your praise, Epi! Thank you. I appreciate it.

I am pleased you think the repetition helped because I almost thought it was becoming redundant.

Yes, I suppose it would especially apply to a marriage relationship, but this piece is personal to me because it is what I ideally want from my friends as well.

Inspiration hit me when I was trying to get to sleep, so I had to get back up to go write it down - or I never would've gone to sleep. Oddly enough, those aren't the words and ideas I jotted down that night, but but I still had the concept on my mind the next day. This is what became of it. LOL

As for philosophical and deep - that's a curse! haha I pick things apart too often just because I ponder them for no good reason other than I can. Not a trait that does me well in most situations, unless I keep my thoughts to myself.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a beautiful reminder that we all may stumble and sometimes fall, but we will rise again with ' a little help from our friends '..Cheers..Loved it Shannon....


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Ruby, thank you! I'm so glad you took a message like that away from what I wrote.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Awww, Shan, this is beautiful!!! We always say do for me, but 'don't' may just be so much more important! Oh my goodness girl, this is beautiful and I love the selflessness and the pride and the unconditional love, all at the same time! And those pictures... oh you're so stinkin' cute!!! Love it shan, but I always do!!!

Up, beautiful, awesome and sharing!!!

Cat


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Haha! Thanks, Cat! I'm not very photogenic - those are a few I actually don't mind. Had a few awkward years mixed in my younger days. Hehe. . .don't we all?

Don't know about selflessness, girl....it's all very selfish of me! Haha. I would expect those things if they were something to demand. It is not a concept many seem to understand. But, oh well - when I love, I love with all my heart regardless.

I agree that "don't" is equally as important. . .mentioned earlier 1 Corinthians 13 is my all time favorite quote about what love is.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Oh come on shan, nobody thinks they're photogenic 'cept for arrogant people, 'course you are! Hey, we grew up in the same era... I bet we could both laugh at each others' pictures, especially those hideous clothes my mother insisted on putting me in in the 80's, but at least everyone else was wearing 'em then too :D

No, I don't think it is selfishness, really... some of what you're saying is "let you not worry" .... do this instead.... you know what I mean? I get what you're saying... you're also standing up for yourself, which trust me... I understand how important that is. I love the same way girl... but we just have to be careful that when we love unconditionally, it is to a deserving party who has an unconditional love in return... even if it presents itself differently.

Absolutely Beautiful shan.... keep 'em coming... you're saying what so many feel and what needs to be said!

Cat


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

I'm arrogant? Gee, thanks. :-p.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

And thanks for the compliments about the poem. I truly do appreciate them. Yes, I am careful who I let get too close to me. Well- most of the time, I am. But there are multiple ways to love. Even toward those that are not friends or family (and sometimes those that are), love is not always a feeling, but rather actions.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

No, you're a turd!!! You aren't arrogant you goofball!!! I think I get you very well. You are humble and modest and consider yourself not to be photogenic... it's people not like you that are arrogant, you nut :D

You are right, there are many ways to love and I hope you are careful; but if you're like me... wolves dress like sheeps and sometimes they get us :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Aw, c'mon now. What a very stinky thing for you to say! (pun intended :-p) Besides, you, my dear, are the turd right now. I'm trying to finish a hub and I am instead spending all my time chatting it up with you! Too much fun, I declare.

So do wolves that don't dress like sheep!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is beautiful, and it works in many different relationships, from friends and family, to lovers. This is what love is really about- doing to others as you would have them do to you, and letting each other live and grow, and make mistakes, and love without strings.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Hey... I feel you're pain... I'm trying to get through 1000 backed up emails and I can't get past 989 because I keep playing with you!! Ha, go! GO PUBLISH THAT HUB!!! :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Kathryn. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. :)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

I know, I know. . . I can't help it I'm entertaining! Hehe. Btw, did I mention, I don't take orders? hehe


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Ha ha... I didn't figure you did :D... but I'm special, my mother even told me so :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Awww....I could be a smartass, but I won't! Birthday girls are indeed special even if they're also "special." Okay, I was a smart ass anyway.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Ha ha... I knew you wouldn't be able to resist! Hey, special people have special lives :D


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Nice sentiments to love unconditionally.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Your a lucky mom Shan !...And a beautiful soul !.......:-} +++++++


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Haha....and special you are! This time I mean special, not "special."


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much, Gypsy Rose!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Ed. My babies are blessings. :)


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Aw shucks Shan.. and you're special too and I mean special :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

:D (Well, golly gee HP, I'm aware my comment was "rather short." Publish it anyway! haha)


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

He he he... so does that mean it's up and ready? And haven't they ever heard of short and sweet? :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Nope, your big slice of cheese has not been delivered yet. But - I promise it will be soon!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Alrighty, Kitty Cat. . .it's up! Your slice of Paradise cheese is awaiting. . .


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wow, shanmarie. This is such a pure and beautiful piece. If this could be the mantra of more people...oh what a loving peaceful world this would be.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Awww...Wayne, thank you! Such a nice thing to say, and I appreciate it very much.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What an inspirational and beautiful reminder to treat others as we want to be treated. We need to give ourselves and others a break! Thank you for sharing.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much for your visit and kind comment, vespawoolf!


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I love this, it's just what friendship should be. Really wonderful message!!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Lurana!


ExoticHippieQueen 3 years ago

Hi Shanmarie! Such beautiful thoughts and aspirations. If only we all could care for each other this way the world would be transformed.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Aw, thanks, ExoticHippieQueen!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

So much truth and honesty.You hold nothing back.Straight from the hips.Have a good day.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

You have a good day, too!


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billybuc 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

In case anyone is confused about the true nature of love, all they have to do is read this poem. :)


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fpherj48 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This is quite beautiful. It speaks of an "ideal" relationship. When 2 people truly care deeply for one another, the giving & receiving is equally shared. In this world of ours with all the greed and diversion, it may seem impossible. But as your lovely poem explains, just be to someone what and who they are for you!

Good job, Shannon!


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Bill! What a compliment.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Paula. That's exactly what it is - ideal. And I will be the first to admit I am not even as idealistic as this poem depicts. Though I always saw it as just an ideal and rare, I have taken a few hard hits that left lingering scars even after going forward. Idealistic is great, but rare.

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