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A Formidable Carving Knife

Updated on March 10, 2011
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Perseverance is the key
to all the locks in Life...
Persistence dressed in fortitude
is a formidable carving knife.
Any challenge Life may hold
can take creative form
if, but sculpted with a hand
persistent to transform.
Nothing lasts forever
this side of the grave...
Perseverance to endure
is the challenge of the brave.
Any lock will yield with time
if relentlessly pursued...
just carve a key in steady hand
with tenacious fortitude.




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    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Paul! I so appreciate it!

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      Plarson 

      7 years ago from Alabama

      Tndr- Once again this weary soul finds not only wisdom, but strength thru the writings of one who has been thru so much before I. -Paul

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Randy, that is funny, I just mentioned The Little Engine That Could to a friend this very morning! But did not make a connection with The Formidable Carving Knife! Thank you for that! And I so appreciate your comment!

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      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Same lesson, but yours just reads soooo much better than The Little Engine That Could!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Ruby! I so appreciate you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Emotional healing, key unlocks the door. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Thank you once again, CARIBQUEEN! I shall attempt to do just that! ~Blessings~ !

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      CARIBQUEEN 

      7 years ago

      This is so beautiful. I now see why you are so tenderheart. Create more wonderful poems.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Spirit Whisperer, Your words are true indeed...the thought behind this piece is that I had been asking and seeking "heart and emotional" healing for a very long time and had given up the hope of that coming to pass, and accepted death, emotional and physical, as my lot...what I see now is that I was wrong...that was not my lot...I guess the moral is "dont give up 5 minutes before the miracle"...I asked but gave up before I received...because God's Timing was not my timing...I wasted alot of time in resignation, when God was at work within me, I just couldn't see it or feel it...I don't know if I am making any sense here but it makes perfect sense to me...lol...anyways,the message behind this poem is indeed as you say..."ask and you will receive, knock and the door WILL be opened unto you"...and to "persevere" in Faith....thanks for your read and comment! Hugs!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      "Knock and it will be opened unto you, ask and you shall receive." Many people are unaware of what they ak for and therein lies the problem.Thank you.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      You bring much joy here, bb!!!

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      bbnix 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I know of no two women more lady like!!!

      And your two backgrounds must have something to do with how I love you two so dear =P...

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      bella, I read your comment here and just giggled and clapped! My sons must surely think I have snuck someone into my room here or I am ready to commit to the local nut hut! lol...similarin spirits indeed!!!Try as I might, no "three times a lady" here...BUT...if I am nothing,...I am perseverant...LOL and I will carve out a key to this lock yet!

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Production line wow I tell ya we have to be related I work in a computer/ science and engineering company in our service dept and yes we have a production line as well ha! Very similarin spirit, I do so wish to be a LADY tooooo.

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      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      tumblin, a thousand thank yous!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      bb, yes, I believe you are correct! Let me know if you learn the name of our salience...lol

      bella, I think I told you but will tell you again, and this is not something I am particularly proud of but...truth is truth...I was, for a season, an Army wife, once upon a time...and NOONE can out-mouth an Army wife...not even a sailer...then I gave birth to three little boy angels who grew into teenage devils...who understood only their own language, which I could speak most fluently...!...Then I worked for another 15 year season in the electronics field, on an assembly line with some foul mouthed women and then in a satellite shop with a bunch of fouler mouthed, ill mannered men...so...get the pic? I try and write in a refined manner, and try to retain a refined veneer but...don't always remember that mask when tongue jumps into gear...I do try though!!! I do want to be a LADY! I so want to!!!

      LOLOLOL!

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      tumblintumblweed 

      7 years ago

      Very nice,my friend! Sends a great message!

    • bellawritter23 profile image

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      lol Tnder I know at time Im told I have a faul mouth but what do you expect when you work with 50 men for 5 days a week 8 hours a day :/...... thanks bb...

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      bbnix 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I've said it before, I feel like an alien, but you my dear friend seem to come from the same salience.

      (I love Bella's comments and strength so much too!)

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      bella, I just love you, Girl!!! no need for apologies with me!!! you just tickle my fancy with your comments!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      bb, you are just too dang much like me for comfort, my friend!!!!! I have beaten one too many a "dead horse" trying to make it rise!!! LOL...perhaps that is the irony of this poem! I just love your writing!!! "The world can burn around me as I seek resolution, but I'll not give up for anything to seek that one solution."... damn sam...looking in the mirror here! LOL

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Wow, tnder I felt a great fastened set of B.A.L.L.S (sorry but the way I feel a little bad I know sorry) it was loaded with strenght!! Great read my Dear Lady M!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      bbnix 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      A sweet little poem tender.

      Nicely metaphored, as for me tenacity is a two edged sword - I won't give up much to a fault.

      The world can burn around me as I seek resolution, but I'll not give up for anything to seek that one solution.

      In fact, for me, the issue of perseverance is so entrenched in my subconscious, even if I wanted to release something unresolved, I literally cannot...

      A wonderful poem - nice job M.

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