Happiness...

Happiness...

A Poem by Tracie Skarbo

Happiness is being bold enough

To look for your passion

And embracing it when you have found it

 

It is when you let your passion become what it must be

And having the strength to evolve into who you will become

While it is in service to you

 

When you are not afraid of stepping out

When everyone else tells you

That you are a fool

 

Those who have these words for you

Have not heard the call

Of what is

 

Or they are too afraid of

The light and the call

To grasp it for themselves

 

They don’t want you to step higher

Or stretch further

In knowledge of yourself; lest they be left behind

 

So they struggle to pull you back

Into darkness

Into their fettered confusion

 

Pulling a yoke from anywhere

To define you

With promises that this will make you whole and substantial

 

Placing debt, the sacrament, upon your shoulders

Until you suffocate beneath its weight

The depression cured, if you take their pills

 

This is how they like you; blinders make the obedient horse

Unplug yourself, take back the reins

Look deep within yourself

 

Courage on to see who it is behind your eyes

Determine what is truly important

Meet your dragon and draw your sword

 

Happiness is finding your passion

Recognizing it when you see it

And being brave enough to live it

 

 

© 2010 Tracie Skarbo


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When you are not afraid of stepping out
When everyone else tells you
That you are a fool

Well, this is lovely. I really enjoyed this piece...you did a great job of making your point very clear...I have felt this way myself before...help back by those who did not want to see me surpass them...Wonderful job here.

xxoxx

Posted 11 Years Ago


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So beautiful and so true. A strong and captivating insight, these are words a person can hang onto when lost at sea. Love it.

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is outstanding. I love the truth to it. People consider happiness as some random bliss that they just can't seem to catch. But its more than that. It takes effort and strength to put your foot forward and put everyone that's holding you back behind you. This poem has so much strength and determination behind it. As a person who has yet to catch true happiness, I found it very inspiring. A wonderful and profound piece of work. Thank you.

Posted 12 Years Ago


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Happiness is . . . just what you've described so wonderfully

Posted 12 Years Ago


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"Happiness is finding your passion
Recognizing it when you see it
And being brave enough to live it"

These are truly words to live by, nicely done.




Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

the last stanza was remarkably amazing. and it's very inspirational as a whole indeed.

Posted 12 Years Ago


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Thank you, for writing this poem. Wish someone had told me, these words earlier in my life. In many ways, i am living, what your poetic words are telling us. Thank you, for posting this empowering poem.

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Always follow your own desires they lead to the end of your rainbow

Posted 12 Years Ago


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"Boldness has power and genius in it. . ." -- Goethe. "Follow your bliss" -- Jos. Campbell.

Declaration of Independence notwithstanding, the "pursuit of happiness" is probably slightly off-base. Happiness is usually the result of wholeness of inquiry and intent, and yes, passion, thoroughgoing. There is a tendency to over-abstract happiness, and I think Dylan was thinking that when he said he didn't care about it. I know what he means. Authenticity's the thing.

I think your poem is a flowing affirmation, a good one. Perhaps the obstructionist "they" is a bit too prevalent. "They" are indifferent unless "they" can make use of your example, and it doesn't matter. It frequently seems like people get in the way, naysay, but it's usually less emphatic than one's own inner fears or confusions. Slay those dragons indeed.

My experience is happiness is a by-product of transcending one's psyche, of radical clarity, of a passion for liberated consciousness. What is strange to me is that once we stop jumping through hoops unconsciously, we manage to set up a new set of hoops, of false dichotomies, monkey-mind busy-ness.

Happiness is being as radically simple vis-a-vis one's human arising as the cat is with its feline arising.


Posted 12 Years Ago


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Oh how true!!! I really am glad to have read this tonight!! I am having trouble with my own dragon's and the sword seems stuck in the hilt lately...but after reading this, i know i'm not alone with my journey. I will fight the good fight and win for myself!!


Posted 12 Years Ago


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love it! your flow is great, very insperational.

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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