Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Harmony


Image: Hank in Gay Paree a long time ago

Note: Mindful of copyright infringement as highlighted recently I have resorted to rummaging through my assortment of old snapshots. This pic can safely be titled as Harmony (I think so)

A treatise in respectability
Many a youngster ought to see
Elders are great at guessing
Extending harmony to make it pleasing
Keeping discord in check is fulfilling
Searching the conscience is revealing

Walk tall in triumph and bare the essentials
Maximize the strength and enhance the potential
Tread gingerly onto something valuable
Cut off eagerness to fail and stamp off squabbles
Arms akimbo a measure of consternation
Declare a truce and check turbulence
Trudge with care path of non-violence
Startle adversaries into submission

Written for Poets United's Vice-versa #12 with antonyms Harmony/Discord and Triumph/Fail and
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25 comments:

  1. Wouldn't that be so good. To settle all of our differences without resorting to violence. If only!
    Well said Hank.

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  2. Great thought from what I would regard as a very difficult prompt. Well done, indeed.

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  3. Your poem definitely shows the value of harmony. Not always easy to keep discord in check, but it is rewarding when one can. Elders definitely SHOULD be examples for the young, but (unfortnately) sometimes are not. I enjoyed your thoughts, Hank.

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  4. Yeah throw the violent streaks away
    To make a better day
    If only many could curb such a thing
    Instead of letting bullets fling

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  5. I like the truce and path to non-violence ~ Thanks for sharing your thoughts Hank ~

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  6. i'm wondering if harmony becomes more important the older we get... it was never important to me when i was a teen...ha..def. good thoughts in this one hank

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  7. Love harmony...it should be the only way :) Nice, Hank :)

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  8. YOU, my special friend are a treatise in non-violence. And in harmony with this world in your own sweet fun peaceful way.

    Ahhh yes, gay Paree -- long time ago for me too.

    xoxo

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  9. Declare a truce and check turbulence
    Trudge with care path of non-violence
    Startle adversaries into submission

    ... powerful image, Hank!

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  10. Yes..a path of non-violence...if only we could get everyone to cooperate! Love your arms "akimbo" in the photo...always loved that word..

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  11. Walk tall in triumph and bare the essentials
    Maximize the strength and enhance the potential...nice...walk softly into something valuable...some great lines in this man....nice piece full of wisdom...

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  12. I especially like "trudge with care path of non-violence." Great thoughts here, Hank!

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  13. Crossed arms and a stern look. That's my ideal of warfare. If only...

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  14. Searching the conscience is revealing

    ...seems to me most don't do this anymore. They just "accept" the way they are, vices and all. Nice, thought provoking poem.

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  15. I like how these words inspired such a positive piece of poetry with a wonderful message. Well done.

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  16. Oh so well told....a smile to see that photo and the words...arms akimbo...... beautiful words to treasure....

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  17. they should be teaching conflict resolution more in school instead of just punishing kids when they get into fights



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  18. Very harmonious indeed! And nothing truer than this Hank, for life is so delicate:

    "Tread gingerly onto something valuable"

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  19. I sit in amazement at the skill you have acquired to produce something I find it hard enough to comprehend.

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  20. I like you choice of words...esoteric.

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  21. Well said Hank. My fav part is:

    "Cut off eagerness to fail and stamp off squabbles
    Arms akimbo a measure of consternation"

    Nice write and I loved your interview over at PU.

    Pamela

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  22. I love harmony and your poem!

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  23. What a lovely poem! And congratulations again on your delightful and fascinating interview over at Poets United!

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  24. I love this. Especially the lines about revealing conscience and arms akimbo. I enjoyed your interview, too, by the way.

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