I Shed

As I shed desire
I shed suffering
And I will be free
As I shed approval
I shed need
And I will be me

As I shed lust
I shed hurt
And I will know respect
As I shed perception
I shed assumption
And I will not expect

As I shed a hurried mind
I shed worry
And I will know serenity
As I shed pride
I shed selfishness
And I will know empathy

As I shed culture
I shed inhumanity
And I will no longer be a fraud
As I shed worldliness
I shed dogma
And I will find God

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Comments 6 comments

Valleypoet 4 years ago

A fine mix of poetry and wisdom. Thanks for sharing

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Simba73 4 years ago from UK

I like this mate !!!

This is the kind of stuff I really need to read at this stage of my life, a new start is calling and your poem says it all.

Great piece, but even greater for the people who need some comfort that a new beginning is brighter than a bad ending.

Thanks for posting this I will be following you now for more gems of wisdom and soul healing.



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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Beautiful poem....and so inspiring...thank you for writing this beautiful work of art..debbie

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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Very well done and very useful. It's almost Buddhist, in a way. I like it.


Marina Lester 4 years ago

Hmm, very nice as well as true, filled with thought and hope. Inspiring indeed...

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Valley - Thank you for reading!

@Simba - Thank you and I'm glad you got something out of this; for me it's just about gaining perspective and shedding desire for things that are not important but somehow cause stress.

@Deborah - Thank you! You are too kind..

@Robwrite - Thanks. I would say the desire/suffering part is definitely Buddhist. No question about. I don't take it literally to rid oneself of all desire but a healthy dose of this philosophy is healthy in my view.

@Marina - Hmmmmm eh? Thank you!

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