Life is a constant ebb and flow

Where the more I learn, the less I know.

The more I smile, the less I cry,

The more I live, the less I die.

The more I praise, the less I taunt.

The more I give, the less I want.

The deeper I love, the more poignant the pain.

The brighter the sunshine, the more refreshing the rain.

The more I forgive, the less I offend.

The more bridges I build, the less I must mend.

The more profound my hope, the deeper despair.

The darker the midnight, dawn is more fair.

The more wisdom I seek, the less foolish I grow.

The more gentle my spirit, the less anger I know.

The more grateful my heart, less self-pity will dwell.

The more tender my voice, the less loudly I yell.

The more I reach out, the less I'm alone.

The more I rejoice, the less I grumble and groan.

The more that I share, the less that I need...

The more generous I am, the less I know greed.

The more tolerant I am, the less that I judge...

The more that I skip, the less I must trudge.

The more piercing my sorrow, the sweeter my joys.

The steeper the mountain, greater victory enjoys.

The more kindness I sow, the more forgiveness I reap,

The less spiteful my words, the more peaceful my sleep.

The less that I yearn for, the more I receive,

The less that I question, the more I believe.

The more I seek peace, the less I know hate.

The more expedient the lessons, the less twists my fate.

The more I seek Light, the less darkness is near,

The more I trust God, the less I know fear.

Yes, the more that I learn, the less that I know.

The more I look back, the less distance I go.

The sweeter my words, the less bitter their taste.

The more talents I use, the less that I waste.

A journey of paradox, Life's a mystery at best...

Like the tide's ebb and flow, her wave's dip and crest.

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poetlorraine 6 years ago

very well done you wordsmith you,,.,,,

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Many thanks, Poetlorraine! Its kinda funny, I read Tides often to remind myself of what I have learned!!! lol

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

This wonderful poem should be posted and read every day just to remind ourselves how to really live. I loved this! Bookmarking this one for sure so that I can come back and reread on occasion.

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Many thanks, Karen! It is an honor to share with you!

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chertay 5 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this poem! Great wordsmithing, the back and forth pattern makes the poem's rhythm stick in one's head. Thanks!

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abradford55 5 years ago from Howell,MI

That was very beautiful and encouraging. A very good reminder about life.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

chertay and abradford55, Many thanks! These are the lessons and these are my goals. I don't always succeed, but I try...smile...May you both have a wonderful Happy New Year!

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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great. I am going to share this. There are a lot of people I know that should read this

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Granny's House, totally awesome! Thanks so much for your encouraging words!

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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

beautiful - a lot of poems in this style are over-stated but this is pitched just right

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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a beautiful, spiritual poem, straight from your heart to ours. Thanks for sharing.

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