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Life Has Never Changed

Updated on February 26, 2014
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May the winds of fortune

Find you upon the seas of plenty,

And might you reap the benefits

Of the wealth of knowledge of many.


Gather around, my youthful pride,

And listen while I relay

Songs of hope, good will, and cheer

For both tomorrow and today.


Sons and daughters, you will grow

In wisdom and in sense.

You’ll lead lives of work and little play

Your own sensibilities immense.


Good times will come and surely go,

Rigors will hold you fast.

Family and ingenuity must

Keep your mind on track.


These are times of very little

And I must leave you with this.

What we’ve always held long and dear

Will never lead you amiss.


The past had its troubles, too.

But we held together in strife.

Always live by what you believe

To carry you through your lives.


There’s no secret to any or all,

Just let me teach you the old ways.

And when you feel you’ve learned enough,

Tell me to hold out on the clichés.


It really isn’t difficult,

For what I tell you is true.

Life now and back then

Is still the same simple venue.


How you handle yourself truly is the key.

Keep yourself an open book,

Never cast stones and walk a straight line.

To make this recipe, you’re the cook.

© 2014 Deb Hirt

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Best of luck, Jakir.

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      Jakir 

      3 years ago

      I haven't had to do this yet, not until next year but I find I have to take my kids along to buy shoes. Every store size is not the same, so if I buy it solo it often doesn't fit, but that doesn't mean it's any easier. My 2 year old son does not enjoy shnppiog and will only get about 1 pair of shoes on before he refuses anymore. So they better be the ones we're planning on taking home lol

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, precy anza. Thanks!

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      precy anza 

      4 years ago from USA

      Always live by what you believe, to carry you through your lives. And I like the last lines too. :) A beautiful poem with a great message it delivers.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Life is the fast lane now is where everything became lost.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting poem with a great message, Deb.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Blossom, you said a mouthful!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It's true! We are the cooks that make the pudding and whether it is sweet or a disaster is up to us.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Faith Reaper. As long as we strive to do our best and learn from outré mistakes, that all that we can do.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Another excellent poem with a great message for all! Very profound. There is always another day to start over and dust ourselves off and begin anew.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Nell. Nothing has changed, but the times.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Great poem Deb, life is a funny thing, we fall over pick ourselves back up, I remember my mother always, ah back in the day it was so much better, but of course it wasn't it was just the same, troubles and strife, good and bad, wonderful!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, I was thinking that's all these things really are, a recipe for a good life.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Jodah. That's all that we really have to do in life, and we will reap the benefits of worthiness.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice with an important message!

      I loved the last four lines--truly meaningful!

      Thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great message in a well written poem. Just hold true to your values. Voted up.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jackie. Hope it reads like I intended.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just my kind of poetry, with a message, and a good one at that! ^

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, sallybea! Staying true to one's roots seems to fit the bill...

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      aviannovice

      So true - love the old ways and definitely think this is the way to live ones life. You are definitely on the right track.

      Sally

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, it all boils down to core values. With that, we can have it ALL. Thanks for taking a look, and giving me your opinion. I think I am on the right track, eh?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You had me hooked with the first two lines...wonderful work here Deb. We live our lives...we stumble...we get back up...we try to stay true to a set of principles that includes love for all of mankind and nature....there are worse ways to spend a life, eh?

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So right, Kevin….Thanks for the shares and the up.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      I am not sure, but I think it had to do with how we each lead our lives - the past and the present.(?) If I am right, it was awesome and interesting. I voted it up and shared it.

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