Mentor - a poem

Here I have been sitting

concentrating on sunsets and

Alfred Lord Tennyson.

While all around me

people have been rushing in every direction.

And now I am too far behind

ever to catch up.

But, I almost feel like saying:

Go ahead.

Run yourself around in circles.

And when you have exhausted your energy,

retrace your steps.

Come back to where I am.

And I will sit and quote you poetry.

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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Love Tennyson, both the long poems and short. Love this iris, too.

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Monis Mas 2 years ago

Lovely. Let's stop and smell the flowers!

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teaches12345 2 years ago

Aww, this is refreshing. I sometimes wonder why people do rush around doing things that seem so trivial. After they have exhausted themselves, poetry would soothe their minds.

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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks, teaches, for your insightful comments, as usual:)

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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I like the poem and I love the message. There always comes a time to slow down, let go and enter into poetry, or nature, or song. I love the picture of the Iris. Last year the irises you gave me were apparently resting. Because so far this year I have had six brilliant deep purple blooms and there are about ten more buds so far, waiting for their turn to unfurl. :)

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Availiasvision 2 years ago from California

You did an excellent job of capturing our chaotic world and the solace we find in simplicity and poetry. We all run around like chickens with our heads cut off, and need time of refreshment, to see life for what it is. I love how short and direct this poem is.

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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

The purple Iris are continuing to bloom, three or four at a time, so just as some are fading, others are unfurling. :) Blessings! :)

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phdast7 24 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Eight months out, still a very good poem. Soulful, I don;t know how else to describe it. Theresa

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shanmarie 24 months ago from Texas

Lovely! Too busy to stop and enjoy the more serene moments in life.

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Harishprasad 24 months ago from India

Kathleen, this is such a sweet reminder to all who have lost themselves in this very delusive world. Sometimes, just to sit calmly and watch around makes one so blissful.

It is really wonderful to forget everything that has so badly clasped our mind and soul and watch around everything passively.

This poem, though very short, is very powerful and has a great message to the people lost in crowd. I loved this poem with all my heart.

Thank you very much. Wish you all happiness and peace in life. Voted up and shared.

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Kathleen Cochran 24 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Harishprasad and shanmarie: Welcome to my hubs and thanks to a loyal friend who shares my work so often. Both your comments enrich this poem. I love to hear how these words speak to others with their own voice.

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mary615 24 months ago from Florida

In this season of Christmas where everyone is running around like crazy, this poem is so appropriate.

I enjoyed the read very much. Voted UP and shared.

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creativelycc 24 months ago from Maine

Beautiful poem. It nicely reminds us to slow down and take it easy.

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jhamann 24 months ago from Reno NV

Beautiful! I am on my way back for the poetry! Thank you. Jamie

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ArtDiva 24 months ago from Yountville, CA

Quote me poetry? Oh, please do. A message spun, so few words, capturing the very essence. Beautifully stated. More.

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Kathleen Cochran 24 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

ArtDia, jhamann, creativelycc: Welcome to my hubs, all of you. So glad this one spoke to you. I didn't write it at holiday time, but it certainly fits, doesn't it? Hope you find more of my hubs enjoyable. Merry!

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prasetio30 24 months ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful poem and I love it. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!


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Kathleen Cochran 24 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

prasetio30: Thanks for sharing. This one hasn't been read this much in a while!

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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Kathleen, I guess it took someone to reshare this for me to see it. Anyway, I do love this poem and the message of slowing down.

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RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

A nice bit of encouragement to catch ourselves up before we run out of bounds…makes me smile, and makes me want to stop and write some poetry. :)

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Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

RTalloni: That is the perfect response to reading a poem!

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Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I don't have many poems on HP. Glad you found this one. Thanks.

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