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  Being Within the Flow
by Walt Hardester
Monday, January 12, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Useless is fighting the inevitable.

Life flows around us like wind and water,
Circumstance comes at us like rocks and snags.
At times caught in the current are we,
Struggling hard we try to become free.

As harder we struggle to become free and chose,
Focus is the very first thing we lose.
Like the Willow Tree, we should flow,
It can withstand the wind, ice, and snow.

But most times like the proud, mighty Oak tree,
Invincible we think that we’ll always be.
Even though the willow is rooted in sand,
Longer than the Oak tree will it stand.

Why Grasshopper do you fight against the flow?
You may withstand the fiercest things a time or two,
Inside the fastest gunslinger there is the fear.
A faster eye, a younger hand,
Be sure that worry is always near.

Learn and accept that at some point in life, you will fall,
Learn how to fall.
Learn how to fall with the least amount of damage,
Learn how to focus.

For it is not the fall that causes the most damage,
But our resistance against it.
Focus not on falling or defeat.
Instead focus on using the force to advantage.

So as in a river or storm,
There is always an eddy.
A place of calm to be found behind the obstacle.
A place of peace where we may go,
If we focus, and only we flow.

© 2009 Walt Hardester

A nod to my friend Larry Bowie,
Thanks for the free therapy session today.


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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/19/2009
Very deep my friend....!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/19/2009
What IS - "Is" and this poem says it freely!
as we can't fight against the current.
Love this poem Walt!
I hope for inner peace and wisdom will wrap tightly around you, as the warmth of both is HOPE! lined in Faith, even through some minor mistakes...
This pict. is striking! I feel it's energy and warmth as it charges forward!
WRITE ON!Touching others and yourself STRONG!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Passion Lady SHEExooo

STay Positive! Through the warmth of your inner serenity!
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/14/2009
First thing that came to mind is the forever-warnings of undertows here in the Florida waters, if you fight against them, you tire and die...if you allow the current to take hold and take a deep breath, it will exit you safely on the other side.

Your eddy in that case would be in the tunnel...waiting patiently, calmly to take the next breath!

Great to contemplate!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/14/2009
An excellent message poem with wisdom!
You're right the flow is the only way to go
without as many snags,fortunately I too
have learned this, Walt...great pic!;-)

Reviewed by Jon Willey 1/13/2009
very philosophical Walt -- pride, foolish pride, is most often the villain that blindfolds our view -- may love, peace, and great joy find you wherever you may be -- JMWW
Reviewed by Richard Orey 1/13/2009
Well, well, the man I've come to rely on for quick wit and delightful humor shares with us a bit of transcendental insight!

You give us many words of wisdom here, Walt, such as this which caught my eye and worked its way in:
"Focus not on falling or defeat.
Instead, focus on using the force to advantage."

Your closing stanza is powerful and leaves a lasting impression.

"Within the Flow"-- A write of merit!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/13/2009
Thoughts, emotions flowing ever so smoothly in acceptance if the inevitable....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/13/2009
Fall gently with the knowledge that you know how to rise again. Anything is possible. Thank you for sharing a wonderful write Walt.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 1/13/2009
Wonderful and deeply educational poem
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/13/2009

Grasshopper, you learn your lesson well. :) Excellent!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/13/2009
When one is up to his arse in a river full of alligators there's no way one will have positive thoughts.


Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/13/2009
BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/13/2009
Why Grasshopper do you fight against the flow?

A very good question, indeed.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 1/13/2009
This is a well written poem.Your words can help anybody in tough times and in difficult situations.I will indeed use your words to try to succeed in my life.This is what I truly need.Take care and thanks for sharing this poem

Reviewed by Elizabeth Hobbs 1/12/2009
Hi Walt
You sure hit a nerve with this one. I'm trying hard to think positive at the moment and by hook or by crook, I'm going to succeed. Cheers! Liz

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