A Litany of Things Worth Living For

A Litany of Things Worth Living For

A Poem by alienated.aquarius

i've been trying to write more poems with compassion & gratitude as opposed to being my typical cynical self


Sometimes I like squinting in the sun

and how I sneeze with first few steps outside

when I see it

I wish I was more like the sun

warm, bright, bold, potentially explosive

a natural antidepressant


I like how it shares its shine with the moon

how its reflection dances across rippling water

any reflected floating light, really


I like quiet nights on my old roof

spending time with the stars


I like watching morning dew evaporate

or seeing condensation rise after the rain

or when you’re outside when it stops raining

and it’s like God turned off the faucet of the universe


how the way smoke swirls and

socializes with its surroundings


the way old proud trees stand tall

and remind me to do the same

how every waterfall manages to mystify me

how string lights adorning apartments

add a warm hue that completes a home

how snow sparkles during sunrises

and light dusting dances across

everything like snow-globe glitter


I take pictures to preserve the beauty in the world

Because these moments are fleeting

And keep things in perspective

All of this magic is momentary

And so is the misery.

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© 2019 alienated.aquarius

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" all of this magic is momentary and so is the misery " well done - cheyenne s garcia

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

I love the pictures you painted in this, painting pictures of the world's beauty. Excellent!

Posted 1 Month Ago

Wonderfully expressed in emotional form, can relate to your words that so beautifully speak of the stars and quiet moments to absorb the Universe ;-]

Posted 2 Months Ago

Litany = a tedious recital . . . despite your sincere effort to not be cynical, just starting with this word seems to negate all the rest for me. I somehow felt that this was a tedious exercise for you, not anything you were doing from the bottom of your heart. In this way, I kinda felt you picked details that weren't authentic for you when you got to the part about strings of lights . . . my own inner cynic was choking when I read that crap from you. But I agree we all need to write in the ways that don't come easily, so I applaud your effort. There's some very strong believable phrasing in the first half especially. You inspire me to try to write from a POV that feels foreign to me (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago

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This is like flirting with the nature. Something i love doing even now.

Posted 3 Months Ago

sounds like some sweet things to do,don`t we all feel this

Posted 3 Months Ago

This was a good day. I felt I was there on the rooftop counting stars with you. The cure for misery is friends no matter where they are.

Posted 3 Months Ago

Sometimes being pessimistic than optimistic is a safety value for some of us. As it's like a shield to our out self to protect us more when we have been hurt badly in the past. But then again, being able to see the light in the darkness is also great as it gives us faith and encouragement. to carry on I like this a lot as you focused on nature and the beauty of the earth around us. Encouraging us to look properly and actually see what is before our very eyes. That we so easily take for granted each and every day of our existence on earth.

Posted 3 Months Ago

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Added on October 10, 2019
Last Updated on October 10, 2019
Tags: poem, poetry, poet, depression, mental health, spirituality, creativity, artist, inspiration, nature, gratitude, motivation, self care, self love



Buffalo, NY

Hi! I'm Catie. i write things (poems, fiction, blogs/articles) and try to publish them. i love chasing waterfalls and sunsets. i was born at a very young age. i can pick things up with my toes. i'm ob.. more..