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Some things we do with all our love
and they are filled with beauty.
I ask what should our feelings be
when driven by our duty?

What should we feel when deeds we do
are done with little pleasure?
Confessing here within these lines
am I reduced in measure?

But honesty is what you'll get,
my early counsel spoken
and I for one won't waiver now,
my standards won't be broken.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw



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"feelings" do run dry ..and often mislead ... but duty bound responsibility lends us a hand up in integrity, pride (the good kind) and a more real selflessness ... "feel good" is not always being "good" eh! ... i feel proud of your speaker for standing strong ... i hope it is for a just cause ;)
E.
ps. strong closing ... i like the rhyming

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Mr E for your thoughts. Always appreciate your visits.

Chris



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Good question; your poetic words make the reader stop and think! I did read, ‘love’ is a matter of feeling, not of willing, and you cannot love because you will too, still less because you ought to (you cannot be constrained to love); so a duty to love is an absurdity. Great share – but throws up even more question on the issue... :-)

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Phill. There's much I do for love, but some things I do out of duty, and although I get sa.. read more
Phill Oz O'fee

2 Months Ago

Make loads of sense Chris - bless... :-)
Standards are the rocks upon which we build Our lives and they anchor us to civility,

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Absolutely spot on Tate. They are indeed our anchor. Great way of expressing it. Thank you for your .. read more
anything we do without passion means nothing, when You have passion about the work You are doing, You will come out with the best result. and so, let us give love for free, without thinking we will be rewarded for doing so, let it be just natural.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you. Maybe that's what's lacking. I certainly have passion for most of what I do, though not e.. read more
Very thought provoking poem. It had a good flow too and I liked it. Sometimes it's better to do things by the heart rather than our brain. (However following by what your brain tells you is better somtimes)

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you JungLee for your thoughtful review.

Chris
love the strength and the conviction you have written your poetry in. clear and well worded. no doubt here.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Hello duck, welcome to my page and many thanks for leaving a review. Pleased you visited.
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Nice poem Chris, and very true, I can really relate to this tenfold. As felt each and every single word of this ring true for me. But you go beyond selflessness and feel good for the higher rewards of loving someone for one example. Who, needs all the help they can get. Beautiful expressed. Thanks for sharing Dawn.

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Dawn

3 Months Ago

Chris, I would just like to say. Thank you for standing by me as a true friend, When I was really ha.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

You are more than welcome Dawn. When we are troubled we all need friends.
Dawn

3 Months Ago

Chris, your on the same page as me. I believe that also. But thank you Chris for being YOU.
Duty and love are never equivalent. It degrades love to think of it in a 'dutiful' manner.

Things we do for love certainly do entail duty, this is true... but duty itself is a profane thing, grounded in a more tangible set of circumstance. Those who confuse the two usually end up getting divorced.

It's serendipitous that I just happened to be looking into a lovely economist by the name of Milton Friedman whom, doesn't exactly address this point, but in essence (and more articulately) expresses what I was trying to get at. (see the following video, it's only 4 and half minutes) https://youtu.be/q84y08nu74I



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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you David for the link. I'll take a look. Your comments always interesting and welcome. Some o.. read more
do you think the things we do is outta respect or because we are women or caretakers? I know I know...im suppose to be answering questions not asking more.lol I stand firm in my positions as well and even when it's not fun or even good for me, I often do what is asked. I love them often even when I dont like them and many times i have no idea why...I just feel the need to love them and make them feel happier then when they felt less happy before....does this make any sense? Anyway I like that this is making me think...i need to think to clear these foggy thoughts away and get the healing more motivated.ty Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

I hope CQ you find healing soon and appreciate your thoughts. I am a natural carer, the eldest of fi.. read more
This is such a choice piece of self-reflection! I loved the rhyme and metre, but the plumbing of the depths of your reflective thoughts is what really stirred me. Life lessons indeed . . .

A wonderful read, and thanks for posting it.

All the best,

Lanny

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

A very thoughtful review Lanny which is most appreciated. Merry Christmas.

Chris
Lanny

3 Months Ago

A very Merry Christmas to you as well.

All the best,

Lanny
Life is a fine teacher. Hard to be kind always. But we must try. I liked your words and thoughts. Made the reader ponder and think. I don't know. I believe if we led with concern, kindness and we listen to each other. A better world we shall know. Thank you Chris for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Coyote for your thoughtful response. Thank you also for all the times you have commented o.. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

Happy New year dear Chris and you are welcome.

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