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Today, I Start Anew....

Updated on June 15, 2017
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After losing my Mother, Father, Aunt, and nearly my youngest grandchild, I had sunk pretty low. I needed to get back on track, and fast.

Like The Butterfly-Begin Again


Table Of Contents

1) Dedication
3) Butterfly Images
5)Today I Start Anew-Second Half
2) Today I Start Anew-First Half
4) Life Can Be Rough-A Poll
6) You Can Do It


I dedicate this poem to all in the world who are suffering from pain and/or loss. Like the butterfly, take a moment to wrap yourself in a cocoon of life and awake from that cocoon renewed and alive once more.

Today I Start Anew-First Half

I wake in the morning blinking in the light…

I rub the sleep out and struggle upright…

I look out the window at the bright colored dawn…

I feel so tired, exhausted and worn…

I rise to my feet with a stretch and a yawn…

I wash and I dress so I can face the morn…

I make my coffee not weak but strong…

I eat a breakfast of a muffin from corn…

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Life Can Be Rough

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Today I Start Anew-Second Half

It has been rough, these past few days…

Death stalked us in so many ways…

A mother, an Aunt, a friend so true…

Making us sad and oh so blue…

But I can’t quit now, I need to live…

My life reflects the love I give…

I need to look ahead not back…

I need to find the things I lack…

So every morn from now ‘til death…

I will wake from a comforting rest…

I will smile at myself because I woke…

And get to spend another day of hope…

Each morning I will awake renewed…

And say these words in the morning’s hue…

“Today I am grateful for all I can do…”

“Today I am going to start anew…"

You Can Do It

We all feel down every now and then, but we pull ourselves together and move on because we must. Here are some inspirations that helped me climb that rough wall, I hope they help you as well.

  • You are the most important person in your life.
  • You can never please everyone.
  • Take a moment to regroup your thoughts before you speak in anger.
  • What others say should not affect how you feel about yourself or anything else.
  • Your thoughts, positive or negative, will be what shapes your future.
  • Never give up, the fight is hard to make you stronger.
  • Take a break, take a deep breath, take a moment to think and then you can act to the situation.
  • "Time is Money" is true because productivity means more to 'sell', so take the time to sell yourself and forget about the 'door-to-door' salesmen who want to sell you a spoiled set of beliefs.
  • Helping others will help you to see and work on fixing your own issues.
  • Smile, before you know it the smile will be genuine.
  • Even if you don't feel it, or know it, someone loves you.

© 2012 Cheryl Simonds


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    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Glad you found it, kj. My loss had been difficult and I appreciate your sympathy. I made my way back to this poem when my father passed away only weeks ago. It helped me to keep going. I hope all is well with you and I am glad you try to 'start anew'.

    • kj force profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      cherylone..I am so sorry for your loss.. how ironic that death makes us reflect on our own self-worth. I have always felt empathy/apathy for others...but it was not until " crap " hit me 7 yrs ago that made me even more determined to fight back all negatives in life...I try to make it a point to start each day as " anew "...sorry I never saw this post sooner...enjoy Sunday..

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I truly enjoyed writing this one as it helped me to deal with life's pitfalls. Thank you for commenting. I hope I can inspire many who are suffering from loss or are just down in the dumps.

    • ocfireflies profile image


      8 years ago from North Carolina


      Yes! "To start anew" is the goal and your poem so beautifully describes how it can be particularly difficult when dealing with grief. Voted Up!

      Best Always,


    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      dreamseeker2, thanks for the votes and the comment! I hope others can read this and feel encouraged.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome poem and very encouraging, even for those who just feel discouraged! : ) Had to be voted up, for sure!!!

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you carolinemd21, for your kind words. I have learned to use the written word to help with the pain and it has helped tremendously. Glad you stopped by.

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      Caroline Marie 

      9 years ago

      Very beautiful poetry Cheryl. I am sorry for your losses and wish you all the best.

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      carter06, thank you for your kind words. It's been rough, but we are all rallying. Writing helps. thanks you for stopping by and commenting.

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      9 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is beautiful,so sorry for your loss and pain. The loss of a loved one is never easy. Keep writing cherylone it helps and I hope as you write out what you feel that the strong emotion will continue to lessen in time, take care.

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Grief never lets go, but it does give way to beautiful memories. I have tried to let some of my pain go with my writing, and, you are right, I have. thank you.

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      JT Walters 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Cherlyone,

      I can only hope so. Grief is a process though. I thought I was all done with grief until my Mom's birthday came and then it was a hard day. I am okay today. But grief can wash over you like a wave still even a year later. That pain is there for a reason and it is to motivate you to press on and you have by writing.

      Thanks again for your kind words.


    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you so much, JT, for your words of strength and encouragement. Sometimes I think I am doing alright and sometimes I feel I'm falling, but the writing helps so much to keep me going. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. And I'm sorry about you Mom, but with a daughter like you I am sure she is smiling over you and your son.

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      JT Walters 

      9 years ago from Florida

      This is very touching. I feel your pain as today is the birthday of my Mom who died a little over a year ago.

      I have one better for you. Your grief gives you strength which you are suppose to be doing something with. Death is an awakening for which you are summoned to rise and start over but grief is the engine that gives you the strenth to carry on. I wouldn't have believed it a year ago either. But if you can channel your grief it can be highly productive for you towards your new beginning.

      Love the poem and glad you kept writing.



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