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!

24.11.2018

21 comments

  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. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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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 🙂
      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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