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The Contract...a poem

Updated on August 6, 2012
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The Contract

By Tony DeLorger © 2012



I have a contract,

it is with me,

and how many times I've breached that contract,

shames me deeply to see.



I try to live up to my own expectations,

try to enrich my life with success,

but too many times I've pushed too hard,

when learning was all that was meant.



I try to please you and others,

to fit in a mould with which to relate,

to action my life for the good of all,

instead failing with me in a state.



I have learned to bend at will,

to fathom the deepest of truths,

yet when it comes to myself and what nourishment's meant,

I have wanted in deed and misuse.



There is a limit to selfless caring,

in showing a lack of kindness to self,

a life can turn sour and often berate,

when only consideration for others is dealt.



I have a contract with me that's ongoing,

with small print far beyond my control,

and when I signed it, I had not a clue,

what life would orchestrate, resolve.



For me it's all about balance,

and my attention now extends to myself,

in all that I do and decide upon,

if it's no good for me it's expelled.



At some point we have to be honest,

be true to who we are and what we want,

in caring for all those around us,

we must give ourselves the same kind response.



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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Mona, so glad you connected with my thoughts. Do drop in again. Have a great day.

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      Mona Germain 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow! I love the concept of a "contract" with self.! Brilliant. Very honest voice and life wisdom shines through in a potent way. A very apt theme as I think we are called to remember we are one of the people we want to please and honour. We often forget. good show!

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you so much Qudsia, you are kind and I always appreciate your input. Take care.

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Tony this has been one of your most sincerest of poems; one that just tell an all too familiar of ones constant struggle within. Absolutely touching, absolutely magnificent.

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Much appreciated REDEEMDCEE. Glad you related.

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      So glad you related Cresentmoon; thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for dropping by Michele; glad you appreciated the work.

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      REDEEMEDCEE 5 years ago from Greenville, SC

      Beautiful, revealing, and heartfelt.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Very deep. I believe that we all have ome kind of contract within ourselves so many of us can relate to this poem. Voted up.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Beautiful poem. Deep and emotional.

      Voted up.

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      much appreciated Kamalesh. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      I have enjoyed the poem - it has depth, flow and it carries a nice message. Voted Up & Awesome my friend.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Namskar, glad you appreciated it. Thanks for your comment

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      deep yet moving....votes up and awesome...sharing too:-)