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Don't Choose the Train

Updated on March 20, 2017

Fast Life

Poem Writing Process

Many say that life is only one and that we should live it to the fullest. I always wonder what people truly mean when they say: "I'm living my life to the fullest". In analyzing what it means, I understand that it goes beyond material things. To some, living the good life means drinking and partying, to others the good life is having money, and a rare few base on family and other accomplishments. However, in this society that motivates "free" living there seems to be a great deal of people who feel depressed over their daily living circumstances.

My inspiration to write Don't Choose the Train came from watching a commercial on television about a fragrance. The commercial focused on La Vie Est Belle, the name of the product being advertised. I just thought that many of us forget that life is beautiful regardless of our ambitions, and that God did a great job creating us and giving us the flaws that we have. As I wrote the poem I meditated on all these things and also on the so called "fast life" that many choose to live.

I started by focusing on the train as a symbol of the "fast" and "crazy" life. I wanted to point out how living in such a way can rob a person of enjoying valuable things. My goal is to motivate authentic living, whatever that may mean for somebody. My view on this subject is portrayed in the poem. So go on and live, but remember that it is best to live simple than to live lavishly and depressed.

Don't Choose the Train

La vie est belle some may say

Don't choose the train

That so fast ignores it's beauty

Don't miss the changes of the leaves in the fall

Or the winter that showers us with snow

Don't miss the toasty sun

Nor the smell of spring

Don't choose the train

That in the blink of an eye

The cry of a baby

The joy of a birthday

Misses it all

Don't choose the train

That so fearlessly interrupts the wind

Forces fear down your throat

Don't choose the train

That ignores a hug

A kiss when is blown

The joy of a free smile

Don't choose the train

Peaceful Living

We must make it a decision to live peacefully. Everyday we encounter things and people who will rob us of our peace. Ultimately, it is our choice how we allow things to affect us. A negative word, or just the day not going as planned can change how we feel if we allow it. We can analyze whatever it is that happened and decide to change our perspective of it.

I have learned that I am responsible for my own stress. I try planning, having a schedule, and doing whatever I can to stay organized. Staying organized helps me avoid the fast life, which in my opinion throws everything off. Although at times, my scheduling fails I try not to let it discourage me. In the back of my mind I always reflect on the fact that there will be another day.

What do you think about the "fast" life?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your poem reminds us of the simple life and the joy within. Thank you.

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      Matty Fernandez 2 years ago from Passaic, NJ


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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Marty, I enjoy a poem with a good message and this is one such poem. Great opening commentary as well. Thanks for sharing.