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Why Should I Care?

Why Should I Care?

A Poem by Kathy Van Kurin
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Just as this home made fire pit is cracked from repeated cold and heat but still holds heat and welcoming light of it's blazing fire we hold our own precious lives within; our own living soul's fire.

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Why should I care?

 



Why 


should 


I care?


But I do.

 

Minutes are passing.


  I remain in this body, my living soul’s shell.


Within this human house, a lantern is burning.


 This life, my story book of feeble days- is ageing before my very eyes.


But my soul’s essence is a vibrating inner living fire.


Days within Inner vision- observing past to present,


 Streaming always onward as future becomes real.


Past memories fade, into once shining days of life, once as real as today.


 Life exists- in past, present and future, like a circular ring of memories.


Even within the pain of past regrets over poor choices- stupid mistakes:


What to do?


This shadow’s path, sometimes a mystery does not need to be permanent.


For, it is in  the trip of moments, within minutes that lessons may be gained.


 Moving, always moving; our day’s landscape transforms within process.

 

We change, we grow, we mature; even in the sometimes dark places


 of our own making.



Where are the colors?


 Even darkness holds color


But only sun’s power


 Brings its sparkle of understanding

-

 And every hue’s sense of meaning.




© 2017 Kathy Van Kurin



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We stand , run, climb and fall. All part of progressing and learning our limits.
Your excellent final stanza shows that even adversity can be a source of learning, but the light of optimism is necessary to discern it.
That is why we SHOULD care. otherwise we could miss it.





Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

3 Months Ago

Norman223,
"That is why we SHOULD care, otherwise we could miss it." Yes! In this life we all.. read more



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Wow, there are some incredible sentiments here and many hidden lessons too. There are certainly colours out there without names but one needs a time slip to see them without playing games. A lovely write and a special read to be sure......N

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

2 Weeks Ago

Neville Pettitt,
Hello there!
As you say above, "many hidden lessons." It is true we .. read more
Neville Pettitt

2 Weeks Ago

My pleasure entirely, Neville
Oh, Kathy!
Such an amazingly broad swipe of your poetical brush finds most all of us painted with the hues, textures, and colors blended upon the palette of your creative mind and glimpses of conscious wisdom and keen insight.
Whom else could perceive of life's trials, tribulations, beauties, rewards, temptations, sins, and gratifications, etc; every aspect of living and learning equally valuable to our mental, emotional, and spiritual growth? Truthfully, I don't know anyone else with that open a mindset that they would "care" enough to, even be able to, delve in such detail, digging to turn any and all things into a positive learning process.
"Minutes are passing.
I remain in this body, my living soul’s shell.
Within this human house, a lantern is burning."

Such deep consciousness shines forth from these three lines, alone.

There is no doubt, dear poetess, that if we did not know why we should care, we do now … smiles 'n hugs! ⁓ Richard ; )

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

3 Weeks Ago

Oh Richard,
You have shone affirming light and encouragement into the room of my soul. All I .. read more
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Richard

4 Days Ago

It's like two very close islands that so vividly feel and know of each other's presence, so beautifu.. read more

I loved the poem!
My favorite lines:

''Where are the colors?

Even darkness holds color

But only sun’s power

Brings its sparkle of understanding
-
And every hue’s sense of meaning.''


This is so true, beautiful and relateable :) !


Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

1 Month Ago

zaisham9393,
I think we long for meaning. It is like the spark of understanding, a light whic.. read more
zaisham9393

1 Month Ago

Thank you Kathy :)!
Kathy Van Kurin

1 Month Ago

You are so welcome and keep on shining your own special colors and light..........
"Wisdom's words cannot be cast to wind" was a line i used in one of my poem's and it resonates strongly throughout your piece.

Life is a finite journey. It has its peaks and troughs, and we do our best to always climb it's mountains and avoid it's pitfalls. But falling is also inevitable. And it is only from the wisdom we gain from our falls that allows us to rise again and reclimb those mountains, always aiming for the peak and to grasp the sun. And that is the beauty of life and what we should always care for. It IS finite so we best make great use of it.

A lovely write, Kathy. Thoughtful, deep and wisdom for the masses. Nicely conceived.



Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

2 Months Ago

Doodley,
Your opinion and open thoughtful response is very refreshing. "Peaks and troughts..... read more
"This life, my story book of feeble days- is ageing before my very eyes.

But my soul’s essence is a vibrating inner living fire."

That's how I feel more often than not these days: the "shell" is aging, but the inner fire still burns. What's the expression? The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak?

Thanks for a good read this morning.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

2 Months Ago

Carol,
You have made a very right on observation; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.. read more
if only we could understand our own lives sometimes...what exactly is the purpose of our existence...we spend a lifetime trying to construe a meaning from a lot of darkness...unearth the secrets, uncloud the sun....
excellent and thoughtful write.
j.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

2 Months Ago

Hi Jacob,
If only.....As you have pointed out really says a lot! The intricasies of the comin.. read more
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference. And, sometimes that is very hard to do! This is where the human capacity to 'care' kicks in; it can make the difference between life and death in extreme cases. Loved your piece - very thought provoking. Peace be with you ...

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

3 Months Ago

phil Oz o'fee,
"Empathy is the capacity to understand." These words just became so real as i .. read more
We stand , run, climb and fall. All part of progressing and learning our limits.
Your excellent final stanza shows that even adversity can be a source of learning, but the light of optimism is necessary to discern it.
That is why we SHOULD care. otherwise we could miss it.





Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

3 Months Ago

Norman223,
"That is why we SHOULD care, otherwise we could miss it." Yes! In this life we all.. read more
For me, this poem tells of the unstoppable inner desire that we (as humans) have in our hearts to live life to the fullest. This desire always speaks, even if we're too hopeless to listen. I interpreted the first part as the speaker showing how her inner flame still burns regardless of her pessimisic outlook. From there, the poem takes on a nostalgic feel as the speaker reflects on her memories. The last stanza becomes more optimistic as the speaker realizes that everything (even suffering) has meaning, even if that meaning is hidden in darkness.
The poem is strong in its message, and even more so in how it reflects the human mind in times of despair. I loved your descriptions and thought-evoking statements throughout; my favorite had to be "even darkness holds color." Perhaps it's the beautiful simplicity, but that line really resonated with me ... I'll be sure to remember it.
I spotted one issue though: "my *storybook* of feeble days" (Storybook is one word).

- William Liston

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

4 Months Ago

william Liston,
I am tickled by your review. Meaning and ideas which are somewhat different f.. read more
I really like this, even if we don't want to care about something, sometimes we do without control. well done

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

4 Months Ago

xoxo,
Nice to hear from you. I had not thought of this poem quite that way. You and all peop.. read more

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