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Cultivating the empowering nature of resilience: an acrostic poem

Updated on October 05, 2012
The orchid, a resilient, lasting flower.
The orchid, a resilient, lasting flower. | Source
The inchworm is a symbol of resilience. It continues to move whatever predators or obstacles stand in its way.
The inchworm is a symbol of resilience. It continues to move whatever predators or obstacles stand in its way. | Source

Rare is the presence of resilience,

Elusive, a Jade Vine

Sparse, an entity mysterious

Isolated, as we move with the times

Limited in its quantity

Innate trait we all must have

Empowering, a precious commodity

Nature He painstakingly carves

Cultivating this great being a must

Enabling, in it we can trust.


The Jade Vine is an elusive plant.
The Jade Vine is an elusive plant. | Source

Coyote's resilience paid off, and he caught Road Runner, at least temporarily! Enjoy the humor.

Rose-colored lens we must wear

Expectant of the good to come our way

Spirit of "can do" we must share

Inviting words we must say

Look for what generates our fervor

Inspire all with our drive

Encourage continuous endeavor

Nurture what makes us strive

Create or grow our passions

Enthusiasm we must fashion


The Colosseum, a resilient Roman amphitheater of the gladiators that has lasted since AD72.
The Colosseum, a resilient Roman amphitheater of the gladiators that has lasted since AD72. | Source

Rely on family's solid buttress

Ever count on friends who care

Share with those with the duress

Inclination, for you, to offer a prayer

Laughter, the best medication

Improves a jaded mental state

Endows a mood of elation

Negativity does sedate

Counter all limitations

Embrace guidance, good suggestions

The Oak tree is one of the most resilient of trees mother nature created.
The Oak tree is one of the most resilient of trees mother nature created. | Source

Renew our hope in existence

Excitement in our missions

Seek to be persistent

In realizing our visions

Long for tomorrow

Invite what it may bring

Endure short-lived sorrow

Not dismiss the birds that sing

Crave the wonder of each new day

Enjoy, ever, your time to pray.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Resilence can seem to be an elusive quality, difficult to nurture, but one that is empowering.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, I need a bit of resilence today as Emma has been sick since yesterday and I have been off and on all night long. Seriously though great job and loved how you included the Road Runner here. Just actually thought of him for the first time in years last week, but that is a different story altogether. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      WOW!! i never seen such a beautiful blue jade vine before. that was pretty awesome Michelle. Love the poem too, you are really great.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Oh dear. I hope the little girl gets better soon. You'll definitely need resilience to look after her! The road rip inner idea was just for a bit of humor. Coyote is resilient, though! At least he never gives up trying. Thanks forr the vote and share!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      M, yes, the jade vine is a really beautiful plant! thanks for coming by and liking this poem!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever and quite beautiful. Well done Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      This was quite an achievement and beautiful in its full content. Thank you for sharing this lovely work, midget 38.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Always love connecting, whonunuwho, and very much appreciate the insight! So glad you like this!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Loved your poem , thanks

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mike.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful, You always manage to capture nature perfectly!! Well done. Voting and sharing!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Wonderfully done Michelle! We are resilient writers, coming back for our daily shot. Harvesting our due cropping; commenting and writing non stop. Nice acrostic my dear friend!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Got a new word today Resilience! I enjoyed it Michelle and love the beautiful flowers too.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Really a great hub! I love all the poems you did with this one word - so important to have in life. Your photos are wonderful and so appropriate to the poems. I am amazed by your imagination and creativity. Voted up and shared!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I loved your poem, and I love the photos. I want a Blue Jade plant!! I love the way you write a poem in the Acrostic way. I could not do that!

      I voted this UP, shared, Pinned and tweeted.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Wow! midget, these were beautiful and so clever! voted up and shared! nell

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Joseph! We have to be resilient, because we write so much everyday, and it can be all we can do to sustain it! Thanks so much for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sasha, I guess I am a "life and humanity" sort of girl. Not without a sense of humor, though, hopefully! Thanks for coming by, my friend!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Meldz, happy to share and to see you in here as usual! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Suzette! I am rather drawn to acrostic poetry, because the word gives a great guide as to what to say. This one's quite long, though, thanks for reading all ten lines of each verse! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I guessed you'd like the plant, Mary. I could never grow one...not enough patience! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nell, glad that you like this!! Thanks for coming by!

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      I.W. McFarlane 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      midget38, you are very deep, creative and imaginative. You have captured and shared every single ounce of nature's beauty with this poem! Thanks for sharing! Voted up beautiful.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mackyl! I am so glad you came by, and thanks for the lovely compliment. Nature is far more resilient than we are! Appreciate the visit lots!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      And you chose the word to describe this, your work. Bravo and thank you

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Hatter!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Michelle -

      Great job! An extremely difficult task done not once, but four times, and so well! Amazing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Richard, oh yes, this was a long one. I had to split each verse so that the ideas and cadences were separate!! Glad you liked this!!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is a lovely Hub. The poems perfectly written and the formatting great. midget38, you are a wonderful writer and an incredible human being.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the compliment, Hyphenbird. I enjoy acrostics....you can do so much with one meaningful word!! Thanks for coming by!!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Awesome job with this beautiful poem Michelle. Voting up and rating beautiful, interesting, and awesome :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, James! Am glad you like it. thanks for coming by!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have not tried acrostic poems, but I do enjoy reading poetry in this form. Yours are wonderful compositions.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Vinaya! I find these the most fun form of poetry!! You can say so much with one word. So glad you like this! Thanks for coming by!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Very well done and all so expressive. Impressed.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Diana!Glad you like it!

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      midget, I don't know how you do it! You, yourself, are resilient!

      Well done. One thing - mother nature doesn't make things - God makes the magnificent oak trees - we should give Him the credit He deserves, my friend.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Good point Ann, He deserves the credit, duly noted! Thanks for the compliment and for coming by!

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