Love your neighbor as yourself.....and you do have to get that yourself part done.
you with the curls,
behind the coffee cup
over in the corner,
being your own best friend
is a first rule of life.
you with the loss of heart
sighing over the table,
losing a love
is like losing
a part of yourself.
looking to the future,
you have to love
greatest gift to you,
you with those soft eyes.
in the solitude
of the great alone of life,
as a companion
from those soft eyes.
Then you're ready for love.
Copyright 2008, Jerry W. Engler
Jerry W. Engler
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|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|Some wise advice indeed, enjoyed the lovely poem.|
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Indeed this is so. Before one can love another, one must be whole and free from attachments, with self knowledge and inner peace, and learn to love the person so many hate the most: themselves. Then one can love... Masterful, Jerry...|
|Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar
I was "referred" to this poem by Deborah Munson who mentioned the poem on her site, and I can see why she's pointing people in your direction.
Very insightful and moving,
|Reviewed by Jean Pike
|Very, very nice!|
|Reviewed by Richard Orey
|Jerry, I always read posted works twice: Once for the mind and again for the heart.
With God as my companion, I try to receive everything with a kind and understanding heart. Now I know to add Soft Eyes.
As always, Jerry, your work is simple in words and profound in message. Thank you for sharing your great gift with us.
With love, respect and admiration,
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|In the chaotic mess that the world is in, I find it hard to feel guilt at being a part of it. When one feels guilty, it is difficult to "love" oneself. Thought-inciting verses, my friend. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|you have to love
How true, my friend; and a lesson that often takes many of us far too long to learn.
|Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader)
|Today sitting in solitude, mourning heart, lost and wandering in the coffee shop did God whisper those words to you dear Jerry? I've been asking Him to show me His love as mine is gone, and your poem I chanced upon brought me to tears. It was like He was talking to me through your words. I can't begin to describe how much it means to me. I'm humbled and going to make it my desktop so I don't forget when I feel like it. Deborah:)|
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Intellectual words of wisdom with very sound advice....
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by Kathy Kopp
|Where do you get your titles? They are fabulous, so I was surprised that this title is so short, two words. Cool, though. Writing in the second person, finding a lady in a coffee shop to address through poetry -- that's why poems are everywhere! A wee bit preachy about loving ourselves first. Easier said than done. Lonely Soft Eyes might be in for a few sleepless nights. I like "get straight, Soft Eyes" I agree, we are God's greatest gift to ourselves. The reviewer before me, Larry, caught a deep insight into God's psyche. Peace, Kathy|
|Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury
|I really enjoyed the lines "of the great alone of Life". God sometimes must feel like that too. Loving mankind, yet separated by their choices. Enjoyed|
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|Jerry wonderfully engaging, and yes absolutely so true, you have to love yourself first before you can share it with anyone else, if you need to. Bless You! Jasmin Horst|
|Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier
|There is only truth in your words|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|Gentleness in your words - thank you, Jerry. Glad you survived the weather!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Cryssa C
|What a beautiful truth is penned in these soft words...