Emily Dawn


I Dare You - Poem by Emily Dawn

It will always be easier to complain,
To find fault.
To revel in negativity,
Like a hog in a mud bath,
A dog in manure.
Because cynicism seeks you,
Like a shadow.
And if you lack material to report,
Others will eagerly
Contribute their criticisms
To your collection.

But, why choose what is easy?
Why embrace the first phrase
You are bombarded with?
You certainly don't accept a date
That proposes in such a way.
Why resign yourself to merely being sought?

Why not rebel?
Sidestep the nonsense, just for a moment,
And look around you.
Collect the endless beauty, the gratitude,
The sunshine.
Even when it rains, Remember,
Some thirsty plant somewhere
Is giving thanks.

Treasures are buried for a reason.
Seek deeper.
Do not bemoan the difficulty,
Savor the wisdom.
What you seek
Should be worth surmounting
Any hindrance.
Obstacles are a gift,
A map of your heart’s desires.
The paths you forged through hardship,
That is where your true love dwells.

Do not let this morbid fascination
With spreading unhappiness
Like infection,
And scattering resentments
Like dandelion seeds
Go unchecked.
Do not sip from that poisonous cup.
Bitter weeds need no urging,
But sustenance requires gardening.

Tumble if you must,
But keep climbing.
Question.
Challenge.
Dig.
< br>Help others,
Whether or not you have the strength.
Don't just cry for it when you feel weak.
You will always be weak.
But you are not the only one with needs.
Accept your humanity,
But transcend the temptation
To languish;
To sink into indolence.

Cultivate a different appetite.
A truer sight.

Collect the endless beauty, the gratitude,
The sunshine.
Even when it rains, Remember,
Some thirsty plant somewhere
Is giving thanks.

Be an Optimist.


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I Dare You.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 6, 2013


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