Valerie Dohren

Silver Star - 3,175 Points (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


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

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  • Gold Star - 7,515 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 3,324 Points Patricia Grantham (2/1/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    Dear Val, I really love this one, Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,808 Points 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 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

  • Rookie Stevie Taite (12/6/2012 3:56:00 PM)

    All very true and a simple philosophy to follow! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,187 Points 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

  • Rookie - 29 Points Filippo Stella (10/31/2012 6:32:00 PM)

    better a true criticism
    r.t. an insincere compliment

    f. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,873 Points * Sunprincess * (9/27/2012 9:42:00 AM)

    i feel you maybe a messenger from God..and a most beautiful angel indeed.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points 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

  • Rookie Constance K Yost (9/12/2012 5:26:00 AM)

    Val, better to write meaningful poems like this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Subrat Pradhan Love-immortal (7/30/2012 5:32:00 AM)

    Well written, enjoyable. Try reading again my new poems and comment. Thanking u...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dawn Ferrett (7/20/2012 3:24:00 PM)

    I am so COMPLETELY in agreement! ! ! ! ! Dawn x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 340 Points 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Rookie - 96 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 3,398 Points Diane Hine (3/26/2012 9:03:00 PM)

    It's always good to be reminded of these oh so important truths. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,639 Points Dave Walker (3/25/2012 8:29:00 AM)

    A really great poem, about what we should be like.
    a fantastic write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Neil Crawford (3/22/2012 8:52:00 AM)

    This is on a par with 'Desiderata'.

    Recovery programmes could be built around this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eric Cockrell (3/21/2012 4:56:00 PM)

    if everyone felt this way it would be a better world! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points 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

  • Rookie 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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