To Live

To Live

A Poem by Betty

To hate, I must first recite the words of love,
To ache, my flesh must first master the ways of comfort
To feel anger, I must first breath the air of peace,
To believe, my soul and I must first unite;
To live, my life must be a painting of all,
To die, I must first be a citizen of the world. 

© 2013 Betty


Author's Note

Betty
Have posted a video of this poem on youtube, would much appreciate it if you guys could check it out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7laGLn_zg

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It reads like a modern day version of the sermon on the Mount.

You're exploring what it is to be human - exploring that within ourselves and then writing our thoughts on reflection must surely be the right path to being a good person.

Well written poem Betty
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Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much Anton. Your words mean the world to me :)
ANTO

6 Years Ago

Don't doubt your sincerity or your self Betty. I have all my life and it takes its toll. Be yourself.. read more
Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you Anto for the word of wisdom... Better to live a day being yourself than to live for eterni.. read more



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I truly enjoy the simplicity of your poem and yet evokes a powerful message of strength, courage, and wisdom...nicely done, Betty.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Betty

5 Years Ago

Thank you Everett :)
¥ay $wagger

5 Years Ago

You are very welcome, Betty...I also enjoyed your video...You recited it well...Thank you for sharin.. read more
Hello dear pal. Your creativity still amazes me. You must have grown under yo grandma; or simpy you have read and read alot of literary books. Such wisdom en insight is very rare wit our digital generation. In this poem, my heart lifted wit joy after reading this poem espe these lines; 'to believe, my soul and I must first unite' AND 'To die, I must be a citizen of the world'. Great work pal

Posted 6 Years Ago


Betty

5 Years Ago

Thank you so much Petah, you have no idea how glad i am you liked it :)
A tick box to life, loved it Betty.
Will

Posted 6 Years Ago


Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you Will, i really am glad you enjoyed it :)
It reads like a modern day version of the sermon on the Mount.

You're exploring what it is to be human - exploring that within ourselves and then writing our thoughts on reflection must surely be the right path to being a good person.

Well written poem Betty
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Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much Anton. Your words mean the world to me :)
ANTO

6 Years Ago

Don't doubt your sincerity or your self Betty. I have all my life and it takes its toll. Be yourself.. read more
Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you Anto for the word of wisdom... Better to live a day being yourself than to live for eterni.. read more
excellent piece of juxtaposition...

for every action there is a reaction or vice-versa.

love the last line...we have to live first in order to die.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you Jacob for kind words.
Wonderful tips for living in the world and then expecting a better place hereafter.
Thanks for sharing the lovely piece.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you Zainul... It is exhilarating to learn that you have liked it.
zainul

6 Years Ago

You are always welcome Betty.:)
Great wisdom shown here! I like this.

The one point of critique i would mention is in line 2. I think this line could be rewritten. "Master the ways of comfort" could be rewritten more poetically....

just a thought.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you Steve for the pointers... I really do appreciate you taking the time out to review my work.. read more
Steve

6 Years Ago

you are very welcome. I only comment when i feel a bit inspired. :0)
Betty this is fabulous for without shadows we would never known our light.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Wow! For without shadows we would never know our light, that is just BEAUTIFUL.. Thank you so much f.. read more
DCT ponderings

6 Years Ago

My pleasure
I'm usually not a big fan of poetry, but this grabbed me. The wording is beautiful, and flows quite well. Nice job!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much Elle. I am more that ecstatic it had an impact on you :)
Very simple, but really beautiful. I'm so glad you shared it, it was an honor to read.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Betty

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much Brittney :)
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Betty

addis ababa, Bole sub City, Ethiopia



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