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I Shed

Updated on July 26, 2012

As I shed desire
I shed suffering
And I will be free
As I shed approval
I shed need
And I will be me

As I shed lust
I shed hurt
And I will know respect
As I shed perception
I shed assumption
And I will not expect

As I shed a hurried mind
I shed worry
And I will know serenity
As I shed pride
I shed selfishness
And I will know empathy

As I shed culture
I shed inhumanity
And I will no longer be a fraud
As I shed worldliness
I shed dogma
And I will find God

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Valley - Thank you for reading!

      @Simba - Thank you and I'm glad you got something out of this; for me it's just about gaining perspective and shedding desire for things that are not important but somehow cause stress.

      @Deborah - Thank you! You are too kind..

      @Robwrite - Thanks. I would say the desire/suffering part is definitely Buddhist. No question about. I don't take it literally to rid oneself of all desire but a healthy dose of this philosophy is healthy in my view.

      @Marina - Hmmmmm eh? Thank you!

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      Marina Lester 5 years ago

      Hmm, very nice as well as true, filled with thought and hope. Inspiring indeed...

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Very well done and very useful. It's almost Buddhist, in a way. I like it.

      Rob

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Beautiful poem....and so inspiring...thank you for writing this beautiful work of art..debbie

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      Simba73 5 years ago from UK

      I like this mate !!!

      This is the kind of stuff I really need to read at this stage of my life, a new start is calling and your poem says it all.

      Great piece, but even greater for the people who need some comfort that a new beginning is brighter than a bad ending.

      Thanks for posting this I will be following you now for more gems of wisdom and soul healing.

      Peace

      Simba

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      A fine mix of poetry and wisdom. Thanks for sharing