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What I Do
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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What I Do


When my unheard prayers,

Leave me faithless and wanting,

And “By the grace of God”, and “Gods will”,

Ring empty on my tortured ears,

I am left with the realization that…,


There is only what I do,

And what I don’t do.

What resides in my heart,

And develops in my soul,

Will be the governing body for both of these.


For in any walk of life,

If the Ten Commandments are adhered to,

Or any other law, of any other god followed;

Who I choose to become will reflect the idea of God,

And each step taken will become my destiny.




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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/16/2008
I believe all prayers are answered when and how they are meant to be answered. Thank you for sharing Karen.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 6/14/2008
Are there truly 'unheard prayers'? Strong write with a message, I'd say.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/13/2008
I enjoyed this one very much Karen. I am agnostic and though I do not believe in organized religions I do believe in a greater power and having been raised knowing the commandments and morals of a Christian society I still do my best to live by the golden rule so to speak.

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 6/13/2008
you're a sweet heart Karen, your direction of travel goes the same way, great verse to ponder and wonder, hugs
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/13/2008
Amen...well sadi Karen!!

Thanks for your visit my friend!!

God Bless those who care!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Art Sun 6/13/2008
Nice work Karen, it is the undeniable truth when one can understan themselves so as to understand not only who they are but to understand and know God...

enjoyed your thoughts within this poem...

Art Sun...
Reviewed by Marilyn Rice 6/12/2008
I must agree with Bargara and would like to add that I beleave there is one true and living God, a God not made by human hands or by human imagination. Any god that I could imagine or creat in my own mind or heart would not be a god big enough to do all the things that the one true living God did. I would no more try to recreat this God than I would try to recreat the reality of my own mother or father for to do so would not change them, only my oppinion of them.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 6/11/2008
God's reflection shines bright from the eyes of those who know Him. Once we become a child of God, our lives change dramatically and others can see and feel that He lives in us. A nice write.
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 6/11/2008
Deep thoughts in this write. We control our destiny.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/11/2008
So much truth in this write, Karen, particularly in the final stanza, I think. I love the honesty and integrity of the soul-search here. Certainly, what we truly believe in our heart of heart will determine how we act and be reflected in the choices we make, when the chips are down. Kate xx
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/11/2008
Yes ... we become like the god or God that we worship. We embody the mannerisms and the fragrances. We become reflections. There is wisdom here that has been gleaned from deep experience.
Blessings ...
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/11/2008
True,, we can take charge of each step we take..your words are full of wisdom.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/11/2008
Prayers help us to reach out toward those blessings that give us strength and help us resolve our problems. Sometimes you have to keep praying and searching for answers because there are times when they don't come easily.
Reviewed by Morning Star 6/11/2008
Beautifully writing and expressed thoughts
Words of wisdom this write is a
A very honest and inspiring Piece!
Peace Love and Light....Morning Star
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/11/2008
You have got it all figured out, Karen . . . Go with it . . .
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/11/2008
Karen, my wise friend,
This is so honest and filled with much wisdom and simplicity!!!
Awesome write.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/11/2008
There is only what I do,
And what I don’t do.

How so very true.

Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/11/2008

God's gift is our ability to reason for ourselves. Peace, Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 6/11/2008
Beautiful, very nice !!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Leko 6/10/2008
...I find this to be one of your more beautiful writes Karen...because it inspires.
thank you...
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/10/2008
Karen, this is so beautful and profound.
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