Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.


Kindness looks for ways to help.
Kindness lets a friend go first.

Kindness tries to keep the peace.
Kindness never thinks the worst.

Kindness plays with everyone.
Kindness gives a loving touch.

Kindness speaks with gentle words.
Kindness never takes too much.

Kindness cares and kindness knows.
Kindness shares and kindness shows.

By Lana Krumwiede, The Friend, July 2008

For Baby by Holly J

Every breath, every burp I care
Every flicker of lid, each flutter of lash
Quickens my heartbeat

Wiggle your lips
Gasp with delight
Sleep more innocent than an angel

Your hair—a duckling’s down
Your belly—a bundle of dough
A primitive, gurgling brook is your voice

If your little nail flakes
Or if you lose a hair
Anna, I love your soul
I will care

Naptime Neurosis by Holly J

I hear a tap or a clank,                With my nerves all tight
My senses are keen.                    And my veins a ‘popping
I know it’s Janelle,                       I monster stomp
My sweet little queen.                 Thru the door and stopping…

She rules her dollies                     Janelle’s big eyes blink,
In her kingdom so high.                “Am I too brash?”
Up on her top bunk                      Breathe through this trauma
She hides from my eye.                Mommy, don’t be rash.

A child needs sleep!                    My hand is not mine,
Shouldn’t I care?                          I deliver a spank.
I’m maddening slowly;                What did I do?
How could she dare?                  My heart feels blank.

Truly—I sweat and                       Pure love and kindness–
My heart’s a ‘racing.                    I know it’s the key.
If I wasn’t myself                         Why—at naptime
I’m sure I’d be cursing!                Is it escaping me?


One Response to “Poetic Retreat”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Do it anyway poem remind me of a talk I heard this last weekend. He was speaking about the important things in lif and what does God really care about the most. He as quoting President McKay. During our interview with God He will ask us these questions(in order of priority):

    1-How have you strengthned and built your relationhip with your spouse? Have you treated them as I would?

    2-What kind of relationship have you had with each individual child? Have you taught them as I would?

    3-An accounting of the talents you’ve been given.

    4-An accounting of every calling-not just the big ones.

    5-In your work, it doesn’t really matter what you’ve pursued, but have you been honest in your dealings?

    6-How have you contributed in making your community and world better?

    It made me think about the basics of family life and how this is where we will learn to be like God. Our family relationships are first and foremost. What I wondered though is, where does our relationship with God come in? It thought that should have been the first question.

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