Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Better To.... Rather Than....


Better to make someone smile
Rather than make them cry

Better to feed someone happiness
Rather than feed their misery

Better to always give
Rather than always take

Better to dance in the rain
Rather than weep under the sun

Better to pay a compliment
Rather than criticise

Better to be humble
Rather than be arrogant

Better to kiss someone
Rather than slap them in the face

Better to take care of wildlife
Rather than let it perish

Better to see beauty
Rather than see ugliness

Better to forgive
Rather than hold grudges

Better to catch the arrows
Rather than release them

Better to feed the land
Rather than let it become barren

Better to help those in need
Rather than turn away

Better to be thoughtful
Rather than be thoughtless

Better to celebrate life
Rather than complain

Better to see your glass as half full
Rather than as half empty

Better to look up to the stars
Rather than look down into the mud

BETTER TO LOVE
RATHER THAN TO HATE

Submitted: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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  • Neela Nath (5/26/2013 1:12:00 AM)

    I haven't gone thru this nice poem.When this was posted, I was very new @poemhunter.Val, this is really words of wisdom.It's better to make one smile than to bring tears in one's eyes.Great! Thanks for informing me. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/29/2012 1:37:00 PM)

    most of these suggestions? i agree with and follow. BUT.....a useful criticism can be worth more to me than a polite compliment. and....beauty and ugliness are in the eyes of the beholder i believe someone may have said....ok, it was just beauty i guess. but, you know what i mean? besides, why should something termed ugly necessarily be better to look at? .....and....feeding the land is ok, as long as i get fed by it....and.....people don't always have much to celebrate and i would not always deny them the freedom to complain....and.....why should the stars be better than the mud to look at? .....when was the last time you compared the two? .....some mud can be attractive and comforting. or at least interesting. thanks for sharing. bri (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (11/11/2012 2:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful and inspirational thoughts. I felt each couplet as I read. Truths to make one a better person. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (9/12/2012 5:35:00 PM)

    Totally agree, great listing of positivity and a key to a far happier existence. Well said. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/27/2012 5:57:00 PM)

    You should write 365 of these,
    one inspirational thought and action
    for each day of the year. (Report) Reply

  • Cosmic Dreamer (3/29/2012 6:23:00 PM)

    Better to write beautiful poetry...
    Rather than fail to share knowledge...

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem... (Report) Reply

  • Robert Green (3/28/2012 1:46:00 AM)

    So many rights and wrongs, I for one fail on so many, maybe just a human flaw. *note to self* must try harder. Great sentiments Val. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (3/20/2012 3:48:00 AM)

    A timely and uplifting reminder to be positive as it is all too short and fleeting instead of an enduing sentence. I also liked the line Better to dance in the rain Rather than weep under the sun, a terrific write. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Deeks (3/18/2012 7:42:00 PM)

    A poem of real substance and lessons we all have to learn through life.. Love the lines (Better to dance in the rain...Rather than weep under the sun
    I spent quite a while lost and weeping now I smile in the rain. Bravo on a mighty fine piece. Karen (Report) Reply

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