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The Shortest (And BEST!) Poem in the World

Updated on December 12, 2010

 no fear

no envy

no meanness


What this poem means to me:

no fear:

NO FEAR: don't be afraid of people stronger than you, richer than you, or younger than you.

no envy:

don't envy people richer than you: fortunes change. Stronger than you: if your intentions are honourable, you cannot be harmed in the long run...younger than you: we all age as we go along, until we die.

no meanness: really, reallly, be kind. It costs you NOTHIING!

A Rare Bob Dylan-- Blood in My Eyes For You


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      Joanne M Olivieri 5 years ago

      So much meaning in a short poem. Poignant and so true.

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York


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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Super excellent poem and message

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for the comment. I think I know what you mean.

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      chivs86 5 years ago from Baldock/ Letchworth, Hertfordshire. UK

      I kind of should hate you, for reading this. Certainly all of my hubs are longer than this one, but Whether you could call this a poem, or not. It is excellent, and you only need to look at all the other comments before this one. My opinion - its short but sweet, and exactly what this website is for. To express your own personal ideas, and beliefs.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 5 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Nice hub there!

      Well done!

      from elija_god.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York


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      Jo_Goldsmith11 7 years ago

      I love Bob Dylan. his music and the way he tried to live his life. Great hub here. I am so impressed with your work! Be blessed. :-)

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      clark farley 7 years ago

      Great Hub....'specially the 'no fear' part (of the poem).

      Someone said, 'fear is the only enemy' and I can clearly see (within myself) that at the root of all limitations and frustrations I encounter in day-to-day life, lies fear.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, ahorseback, for the lovely comment. Yes, Bob is big on my list, too!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Kindness and love is the simplest act in the world , no ? I loved Dylan way back when , and yet , the simplicity of this poem is lost on so many. Bob's voice is aging well! Be well!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, epigrmman!

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ......yes the title serves up the hype and then backs it up too - and you even 'got' Bob as a side attraction.

      Dosen't get much sweeter than that!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 7 years ago

      I remember hearing those words, but it definitely helps to be reminded again. Very useful and thoughtful hub -- short as the poem may be.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Gus!

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      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Paradise7 - Not to take anything away from the words of that "shortest" poem, but they remind one of the ten commandments and of the "Golden Rule." It is nice to be reminded now and then.

      Gus :-)))

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you so much, elvit and Carolina Muscle!

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I agree... a very important poem !!!

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      elvit 7 years ago

      I have heard this several times but reading it to today makes more sense than ever. Thanks for bringing our minds to this.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great video and pic. I love the poem.


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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Twin!!

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Such powerful words that we can all live by. Loved the picture and video too.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I like it.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I seemed to have lost the original comments. Thank you all for your comments, and Mike, for your welcome back!! It's good to be back, even if brief.


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