the Art of Love

Every living creature has an endless well of love in their heart

but we get distracted by worldly pursuits, emotions and habits


Once we have that flash of insight

we know we must use all our might

to live as ethically as possible

to take responsibility for all our words thoughts and deeds

to listen and help others with their authentic needs


but there is no saviour complex

or overwhelming duress

each must do their own work


We cannot preempt or rescue

only offer guidance if asked

for each is responsible for their own task


the immense misery and blindness

is so readily perceived

so deep inner work is needed


loving kindness, care and concern

ignites that unconditional love at our heart

but daft doormats we ain’t


as we become more compassionate

we know boundaries are crucial

for the childish lack discipline


alone time vital for introspection

treat others with due respect

but not buy into their dramas


for until we connect with this limitless well

and know every intimate aspect of ourselves

our capacity is not only blind but also confined


by so many gross and subtle obscurations

keep peeling those innumerable layers off

stay focused on that inner development!



  1. Your optimism Kate, is an armour that adorns you with such pleasant poise. I would be fitted for such a suit, myself, were in not for the fact that they do not seem to make them in my size.
    But I implore you to forever wear yours well.

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  2. Wonderful poem and photo combo, Kate!
    You’ve mentioned so many important things in your poem. Things vital to growth and thriving and making positive changes in ourselves and positively impacting in the world. πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    • thanks so such Carolyn … had a great day with the elders and been invited to another women’s craft group … big privilege πŸ™‚
      Not that I’m really crafty but I so love chatting with them ..

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  3. Every living creature has an endless well of love in their heart
    but we get distracted by worldly pursuits, emotions and habits

    I adore the first stanza the most…i always say this kate and i will say it again you have the gift.of putting life into a seemingly “daily basis basics” and make it so poetic filled with so much passion and convictio .

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