INTRO: I wrote this poem after I had been robbed of several thousand dollars’ worth of possessions. It was the few treasured possessions, which were of no value to the thief but of great value to me, that hurt the most. It took many months before I could move on from the anger and pain of loss that raged inside of me. I wrote three poems about this incident in a quest to process the emotions of loss and the invasion of privacy that theft causes. This poem is based on the Bible verse of The Golden Rule, found in Matthew 7:12, ‘Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.’ Beverley Joy
To learn to love Him and others
Is God’s grand command in life
Our human spirit is made to love
And it’s learned one deed at a time.
Each day is full of opportunity
To show love toward God and others
We make a choice at each moment
To follow the Golden Rule of Life.
Each act is like throwing a pebble into the pond of our life
Each pebble that touches the water causes a ripple effect
Once the pebble is thrown, once the deed is done
The ripple effect will follow in kind, ripples of consequence.
Choosing an act of love and kindness
Causes ripples of the same kind
Choosing an act of hatred and cruelty
Causes ripples of the same kind!
Foolish choices of self-centredness
Disregarding another’s wellness
Cause our spirits to suffocate
For God hard-wired us to love.
We can miss the point and purpose of life
And choose NOT to ‘smell the roses’
Choose NOT to look in wonder and awe
At the beauty and splendour of our world.
Choose NOT to see and respect
The good things that come to us
Choose NOT to admire the unique qualities
In people in our life and community.
True love respects and protects
Boundaries set by self and others
Reflecting God’s love for us
Which is the highest form of love.
Beverley Joy © 2013 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.
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